Peter Parker has a history of crappy roommates. Fred Meyers, a.k.a. Spidey villain Boomerang, is among the worst. (For the record, the worst was Johnny Storm.) He might be reformed. Pete may not live long enough to find out.
Fred, looking for a fun night out and needing to get on the good side of his roommate, took Peter to the Bar With No Name. This is a place where super-villains kick back shots and beers to relax. Meyers was looking to use Peter’s knowledge to win the bar’s Spider-Man trivia night, but that took a wrong turn when comes out that he stole something the Kingpin wants.
Parker is trapped in a room of people who want to kill him just to get to Fred and it looks like they are doing a good job at it. If he uses his Spider-Man powers they will figure out who he really is and then trouble will jump from nine and a half to about fifteen.
After his controversial run on Captain America, there were some who feared that Nick Spencer would bring the same conspiratorial tone to Spider-Man. The fears are clearly unfounded. He has a clear grasp of the characters. This is a fun and funny story, but despite the humor, Spencer knows how to balance this with the serious drama of Peter Parker, not Spider-Man, being made a target of Kingpin.
Humberto Ramos’s veteran skills on this title does a lot to sell both the humor and drama of this story. I particularly love how Ramos (Asgardians of the Galaxy, Fantastic Four, Impulse) brings Wilson Fisk to life. Too often the Kingpin seems like a sullen and stiff figure. Here Ramos show him to be a man who enjoys meting out his punishments, because it reinforces his idea of what it means to be powerful. This make the twist at the end so much more significant.
In an unrelated aside, doesn’t anybody notice the number of mayor’s aides whose mutilated bodies pile up outside his office door? I’ve heard New Yorkers are callous, but there should be at least one member of the city council calling for an investigation.
Spider-Man and Peter Parker are both in good hands with this creative team. This is a good thing, since despite the book’s name this was the adventure of Peter Parker this month. Fortunately, Parker proved that he doesn’t need a costume to be amazing.
Writer: Nick Spencer
Pencils: Humberto Ramos
Inks: Victor Olazaba
Colors: Edgar Delgado
Cover Art: Humberto Ramos and Edgar Delgado