Nick Spencer’s run on Amazing Spider-Man has gotten off to a shocking enjoyable begin. I had plenty of doubts after Spencer’s run on Captain America. Fortunately he has been capable of do a a lot better job discovering the suitable voice for Spider-Man than he did for Captain America. Whereas he has taken Peter Parker a number of steps again professionally his private life has gotten much more intriguing as he’s renewed a relationship with MJ and has been put in a singular dwelling situation. Now after a narrative that featured Peter hanging out together with his villainous roommate, Boomerang, Spencer goes to have Spider-Man conflict with the mysterious Thieves Guild. Let’s see who precisely the Thieves Guild are by testing Amazing Spider-Man #eight.
Author: Nick Spencer
Artist: Humberto Ramos
Inker: Victor Olazaba
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Story Score: 7 Night time Women out of 10
Artwork Score: 7 Night time Women out of 10
General Score: 7 Night time Women out of 10
Synopsis: Someplace within the metropolis Spider-Man enjoys the sensation of free-falling.
At an area membership a man named Dave McCauley approaches a lady named Odessa Drake. Dave provides Odessa an enormous enterprise alternative that makes use of the specialty of his agency. Odessa says she is properly conscious of all of the unlawful acts Dave and his firm are in, itemizing all of them to him.
Odessa then reveals that she truly already knew Dave was within the membership and divulges that everybody within the membership is their for his trial. She goes on to disclose she is a part of the Thieves Guild and they’ll acquire on all of the injury Dave and his agency has achieved. Dave begs Odessa to rethink however is shortly grabbed by everybody within the membership.
Odessa the proclaims that the Thieves Guild won’t be hiding within the shadows anymore.
On the Avengers Mansion whereas the brand new amenities supervisor is being given a tour of his duties it’s found that each one the gear within the show space has been stolen.
On the East River State Park Peter and MJ are on a date. Peter asks MJ how she is doing together with her present funds. MJ says she is in search of work since her Stark severance package deal gained’t final perpetually. This reminds Peter how MJ has held plenty of totally different jobs.
Tony all of the sudden calls Peter. Peter places on his Spider-Man masks to speak to Tony. Tony is stunned to seek out MJ with Spider-Man. Tony and MJ present some antagonism after how their skilled relationship ended. Spider-Man will get Tony again on monitor. Tony reveals that he wants Spider-Man’s assist as there’s something happening that impacts all the superheroes.
Earlier that morning at Stark Tower when Tony goes into his armory he discovers that his complete Iron Man armor stock within the tower has been stolen.
On the similar time in Fairfax, Virginia whereas Captain America fights a military of Nuke clones his defend will get stolen.
Elsewhere whereas Thor is preventing the Wrecking Crew his hammer additionally will get stolen in the course of the battle.
Again within the current Spider-Man learns all this. MJ asks if this implies Spider-Man is an Avenger. Peter says he isn’t positive however will go examine issues out.
After Peter leaves MJ is approached by somebody from out of nowhere.
Elsewhere Odessa tells assembles the Thieves Guild. She provides a speech about how vigilantes, criminals and others have triggered chaos on the planet. She tells everybody that the time is now to revive honor to the Thieves Guild and disperses them to announce their rebirth.
Throughout Earth members of the Thieves Guild enter Avengers’ headquarters, Sanctum Sanctorum, Xavier Mansion and Punishers house to steal numerous gadgets.
Again in New York Metropolis Spider-Man wonders what’s going on with all of the superhero gadgets being stolen. Spider-Man makes his regular bounce however when he goes to swing he realizes his net shooters have been stolen.
Simply earlier than Spider-Man hits the bottom he’s saved by Black Cat.
When Spider-Man tries to thank her Black Cat slashes his face and says they’ve unfinished enterprise to deal with. Finish of situation.
The Good: With Amazing Spider-Man #eight Nick Spencer units the stage for a brand new highly effective group to stand up within the Marvel Universe within the type of the Thieves Guild. Immediately Spencer checks off a lot of the bins you anticipate an villainous group to be perceived as a menace. That perceived menace makes them fascinating foils for Spider-Man to go up towards. And if it weren’t for a couple of missteps within the set-up the Thieves Guild introduction simply misses going over the warning monitor to be a house run.
A corporation is just as robust because the one main it. Nick Spencer identifies this and makes positive to place over the Thieves Guild chief, Odessa Drake, as somebody to not be messed with. What made Odessa’ introduction work was the aura round her each time she was on display. There was an air of confidence round her that gave larger credibility to each phrase she spoke.
Whether or not it was within the membership scene or throughout her huge speech to the Thieves Guild Spencer constructed Odessa up as somebody that was extraordinarily assured in all the things she stated. That confidence made the Thieves Guild come off as an enormous menace. Her confidence aided in all of the scenes the place the Marvel Universe’s superheroes gadgets have been stolen to be extra plausible than they need to have been.
Serving to the presentation of the Thieves Guild much more is that they weren’t simply introduced as new Spider-Man villains. As an alternative Spencer decides to immediately push the Thieves Guild’s objectives to increase all through the Marvel Universe. Not solely that however Odessa makes it clear that each superheroes and villains will probably be focused through the Thieves Guild rebirth. What that really means for a way Spider-Man will be capable of takes them on supplies loads of intrigue to this new story arc.
As nice as a personality introduction as Odessa obtained the power of Amazing Spider-Man #eight was every part to do with the Peter Parker half of this situation. Spencer continues to nail the voice for Peter. He balances out how sorry you are feeling for Peter’s present state of affairs whereas nonetheless having hope he could make issues higher so long as he focuses.
What helped this particularly was the truth that as Spider-Man we do nonetheless see that Peter is assured in his talents. Even with how he isn’t on the most effective phrases with Iron Man and different heroes as Spider-Man we see Peter nonetheless going out to attempt to save the day. His fast interplay with Iron Man confirmed this about Peter as he shortly received into motion to assist his friends.
Peter’s actions have been made even higher by the dynamic between Peter and MJ that Spencer continues to discover. Spencer does a fantastic job treating them as a pair that know one another extraordinarily properly. Even little issues like how they casually speak about their present monetary state of affairs exhibits a degree of consolation with each other that you’d anticipate from an extended-time period couple.
It was additionally nice that Spencer delved in a bit deeper into MJ’s present state of affairs since there was nonetheless a query of her present established order outdoors her relationship with Peter. Spencer shortly solutions that by having MJ reveal she had a falling out with Tony Stark. Emphasizing this with the tough approach Tony and MJ talked to every additionally defined why MJ is dealing with her personal difficulties together with her skilled future. Now with this established Spencer opens up the chance to additionally discover what MJ needs to do shifting ahead in her personal sub-plot that doesn’t essentially contain Peter.
The hook with Black Cat returning to resolve unfinished enterprise with Spider-Man was a great way to finish this challenge. With a lot of Spencer’s run up to now being about resetting Spider-Man to a spot followers are conversant in the antagonism with Black Cat is one thing that should resolved. Spider-Man and Black Cat’s dynamic has all the time been greatest when they’re working as companions. The antagonism as a result of what Doc Ock did whereas in charge of Spider-Man’s physique has made each Spider-Man and Black Cat look dangerous each time they’re collectively. Hopefully with how issues have gone to date that Spencer mends issues between Spider-Man and Black Cat.
Humberto Ramos does an excellent job giving Amazing Spider-Man #eight a vibrant look. Ramos’ paintings has a method that matches nicely with the power that’s anticipated from a Spider-Man comedian. Its to the purpose that you could’t assist however really feel we’re in retailer for some enjoyable each time Peter was Spider-Man, even when he was simply sporting simply the masks. On the similar time Ramos does a great job presenting Odessa Drake as an individual who oozes supreme confidence in every little thing she says.
The Dangerous: As a lot enjoyable as Amazing Spider-Man #eight is it isn’t with out its faults. These faults all revolve across the presentation of the Thieves Guild. Whereas Odessa Drake will get a fantastic character introduction the identical can’t be stated for the group she runs.
For one factor it was a particularly odd selection by Spencer to have the Thieves Guild put on all purple for his or her uniforms. The costume design makes the Thieves Guild appear to be they’re a by-product of The Hand, who put on extraordinarily comparable costumes. That is one thing that would’ve simply been prevented by having the costumes have a extra trendy tackle what a Guild uniform would seem like. That features having a special shade scheme from one of many Marvel Universe longest operating villainous organizations.
Moreover it was robust to consider that the Thieves Guild would be capable of so simply steal issues from Iron Man, Physician Unusual, the X-Males or Punisher. Spencer failed to truly give us any particulars what makes the Thieves Guild higher than different organizations like The Hand or Hydra. We don’t get any clues into what their strategies are aside from they’re nice at sneaking into locations. However given that folks like Iron Man and Physician Unusual have unimaginable defenses towards nearly any menace it was robust to consider they will steal their gadgets.
It didn’t assist that there was a scarcity of credibility of the Thieves Guild expertise was the truth that they stole Thor’s hammer. There are such a lot of different superhero gadgets within the Marvel Universe that would’ve been simply changed. However by going after Thor’s hammer, which may’t even be lifted by anybody aside from Thor, it made the Thieves Guild have unbelievable God-like expertise. That unbelievability takes the reader out of the expertise of taking the Thieves Guild critical.
General: Amazing Spider-Man #eight was a enjoyable begin to Nick Spencer’s new story arc. Spencer continues to do a fantastic job writing Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson’s renewed relationship. Whereas the introduction of the Thieves Guild was not good the presentation of their chief, Odessa Drake, was nicely executed. Add within the ending involving the return of Black Cat and there’s sufficient for followers to be enthusiastic about for what is going to after the occasions on this challenge.