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Today I continue my voyage into the depths of Marvel Legacy with The Amazing Spider-Man #789.
The issue number for Amazing is a little “easier” to track since Marvel has reverted and restarted this series so many times. It’s one of the more prominent books to do so over the years. Here, the reason for the change for this title is obvious as we are only 11 issues away from #800. As before, I will not be going into a breakdown of the numbering here, just google it if you’re interested (or you can just check out the list later in the issue).
789 here is written by Dan Slott with art by Stuart Immonen and Wade Von Grawbadger. Slott has written some good Spidey stories over the years and I have been a fan of Immonen’s since his run on Adventures of Superman. Alex Ross provided the cover for this one.
Inside, we are given a text page getting the reader up to speed. This one is more colorful than the typical “black page with white text” that I seem to get with most of my Marvel picks. I still think that the Daily Bugle style pages were more appropriate to Spider-Man though.
Our tale starts with Peter Parker crashing on Mockingbird’s couch. Apparently he has lost his company, Parker Industries, and the public has turned against him. All of this seems to be the result of events in the book before the “relaunch.” The idea of the citizens of New York turning against Peter Parker, as opposed to Spider-Man is an interesting idea.
After a re-introduction of Harry Osborn and Liz Allen in the book, Peter goes over to the Daily Bugle. Peter demands to know why the paper published the headline “Peter Parker: Threat or Menace?” The title echoes classic ones J. Jonah Jameson used to use against his wall-crawling alter ego. After being chastised by Joe Robertson, Peter realizes the article is warranted, due to his irresponsibility.
Out on the street, Peter is recognized by a crowd that turns into a mob and chases him until he vanishes using his abilities. He then decides not to attend a birthday party for Flash Thompson as he overhears the guests talking about him.
Back at Mockingbird’s place, Peter is moping until she talks him into going out on patrol. They run afoul of the Griffin attacking a food truck. After doing more destruction than was probably necessary, the food truck vendor pleads with Spidey to not use his truck to smash the Griffin with. Mockingbird then tases the villain in the nuts, off-panel.
Back home after the battle, the pair celebrate their victory and proceed to make out! At the bottom of the page is the declaration “To be continued…” I assume they mean the story and not the make-out sesh.
Following the main story, there is another 3 page origin by Robbie Thompson and Mark Bagley. Getting a reader up to speed on Spidey’s history in only 3 pages is a feat. It works well here and we get more Bagley Spider-Man (my fave). Again, the only problem with the recap is that it is at the end of the book instead of at the front where it would be more useful for new readers.
The Marvel Value Stamp that comes with this book is Wolverine. Unlike other recent releases, it appears that there is no bonus digital book that you get with this one. Just this issue only.
This story returns Peter Parker to his hard luck roots and wipes away the industrialist from the previous run. The problem is, I feel like I’ve read this before and probably better. Having people turn on Parker instead of just Spider-Man is a novel concept and heaps the problems onto him. The theme of “legacy” here seems to be about returning the character to his classic version of a blue-collar guy trying to get by and do the right thing.
By doing that though, I feel like we’re not getting anything new. There are countless Spider-Man stories I can read with these themes. So, why should I read this one? The answer is I probably won’t. This will probably be the last issue of Amazing that I pick up for awhile. Until the next reboot anyway.
Check back later as I look at another new Marvel Legacy title.