An Old Enemy Goes On The Hunt: ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ #79 Reviewed

by Tony Thornley

Ben Reilly’s barely been in the webs a week and he’s already ran afoul of one of Spider-Man’s greatest enemies. Amazing Spider-Man #79 shows just how much he may be in over his head.

Cover by Art Adams & Alejandro Sanchez

Cody Ziglar, Michael Dowling, Jesus Aburtov, and Joe Caramagna pick up the fight with one of the most frightening members of Spidey’s rogues. Ben’s time as Spider-Man might be over before it really begins.

As Ben still deals with the guilt over what happened to Peter Parker, he begins to push back against the Beyond Corporation. But when an executive is attacked, Ben has to follow orders. Unfortunately, Kraven the Hunter is already ten steps ahead of everyone involved…

I know Ziglar’s done a few other comics in recent months, but this is the first I’ve read his work. I enjoyed it quite a bit. He has a great voice for Ben, and his MJ is confident while still feeling very down-to-earth and human. Also, this dialogue for Kraven is the first I’ve read that has the cadence down just right to make me believe that the Hunter is a native Russian speaker. Really, this might have been my favorite issue of the Spider-Man Beyond arc to date.

Dowling is another creator that I’ve missed and I’m glad to see him here. He has a style that makes the characters feel like real people, but his depiction of action and movement on the page is fluid and engaging. He recalls other popular Spider-Man artists without imitating them. His layouts are incredibly interesting, and I loved his splash pages. Aburtov adds a lot with his colors, making the line arc feel incredibly lifelike with photoreal coloring.

Kraven is a character a lot of Spider-Man creators like to make their mark with. This issue is the first time in a long time that I’ve actually been interested in where it’s going though. 

Amazing Spider-Man #79 is available now from Marvel Comics.

Overview

The creative team hits a home run out of the gate here. The writing is sharp and fun, while the art is top notch.

Overall
8.5/10
8.5/10
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