Amazing Spider-Man: Worldwide, Volume 1

Amazing Spider Man Vol 1

 

Publisher: Marvel
Released: April 26th 2016
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Issues: Amazing Spider-Man (2015) 1-5
Rating: 3 kitty rating

 

Amazing Spider-Man (2015) is post Secret Wars, with Peter Parker running a successful conglomerate, Parker Industries. So for anybody that’s tired of seeing Peter get kicked when he’s down, this may be a refreshing change for you. Side note; I would like to take a moment to say that I loved the artwork in this volume. It’s so bright and colorful, but not in a way that makes it feel silly or gimmick-y.

Spoiler Warning

In the comics Peter is called the “poor man’s Tony Stark” more than once, and you know what? That’s actually a pretty accurate description. Sure he’s running a successful business that steadily growing in size – but he’s barely making any profits off of it (he stated that he was one of the lowest CEO’s or something to that effect). If that wasn’t enough of a comparison for you, consider the fact that he took a page from one of Tony’s books: he’s calling Spider-Man his ‘bodygaurd’ (considering Tony has outted himself by now, I’m a bit surprised that worked, though I suppose it explains the extra work Peter has to put into the disguise).

As many fans of Spider-Man will know, Peter Parker is pretty big on second chances (and third, and fourth, etc). That means there’s a ton of cameos from Peter’s past, and while I’m tempted to name them, I’ll leave it a surprise for now.

I like the extra length Park goes through to hide his identity. I mentioned above that he’s calling Spider-Man his bodyguard – probably to help explain the number of times Spider-Man has been spotted near any of his properties. Park increases the illusion by hiring another hero to masquerade as Spider-Man (sometimes in a different country than where he is currently) to help throw people off the trail. I thought this was clever, and actually really liked Hobie Brown (AKA the Prowler). I hope to see more of him next volume (I would have liked to see more of his unique abilities as opposed to those being done to mimic Spider-Man).

I’ll admit I wasn’t super impressed with the villains in the volume; the Zodiac. They felt overhyped but ultimately not that threatening. I may be letting my bias show however – I didn’t like the core concept of the guys and the design of them feels unfinished or rushed. Hopefully volume two will give us bigger and badder villains!

Even though I was a little disappointed by the villains, I think I’ll continue with this series. I like the idea of Peter Parker being successful and not constantly getting emotionally curb stomped. Plus I’m curious to see where things go next.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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