REVIEW: Amazing Spider-Man #5

Written by: Dan Slott and Christos Gage
Art by: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inks by: Cam Smith
Colors by: Marte Gracia
Published by: Marvel

Okay let’s hold up for one second. Stop the press! (If that is even a term we can still use in the digital age. Maybe a better term would be freeze the Twitter? I’ll work on that and get back to you readers)

When did Peter Parker become the new Tony Stark? I know that these two were tight during the whole Civil War crossover, but that was years ago. So why is Peter Parker the C.E.O. of a global company and the head of a worldwide charity organization? When did ol’ Petey find time between being a schlub photographer at the Daily Bugle and a substitute teacher in NYC; to build a multi-international corporation that is large enough that terrorist want to take it down? Was that between grading science tests and taking costumed selfies?
Part of the Parker charm is rooting for the underdog. You want to see this guy win so badly, but you know, no matter what, his life is going to go sideways. So where are the stakes when Peter Parker starts this story saving his aunt in Africa, jumping on an Avenger’s Quinjet and flying to stop what amounts to a corporate takeover in London? How am I supposed to like or relate to this version of the web-slinger?

Dan Slott is a writer that repeatedly breathed new life into the web head, but this time I feel like he has painted himself into a corner.(And not in the exciting, “Oh I can’t wait to see how he get out of this!” way either) Between the lame group of villains that Spidey and his gang disrupt, to a press conference where Nick Fury announces that he needs Peter’s company to chase down an international terrorist-spy, I’ve had my fill of this story and it only took around 21 pages to do it. Camuncoli’s artwork is the one saving grace to this book. His art is crisp, clean, and a pleasure to look at, which makes the lack of an interesting story even more apparent.

I can’t in good faith recommend this title. As a Marvel fan I want to, but as a bigger fan of good comics…this one is best left on the shelves.

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