The reveal of the new Hobgoblin was a shock last issue. As this story arc concludes- for now- it appears more shocks are in store.
Zeb Wells, John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, Marcio Menyz and Joe Caramagna wrap up the last story before Dark Web hits with a bang.
Roderick Kingsley and Ned Leeds have both been unmasked as the Hobgoblin, and Peter Parker has his work cut out for him against two of his deadliest enemies at the same time. Thankfully, he might not be alone, as Norman Osborn tries to prove he’s changed. Even if they overcome the two Goblins, there might be more in the shadows, waiting to strike.
Wells wraps up this arc largely by moving pieces into place for later stories. It’s good serialized storytelling that I had a lot of fun with. Where this issue excels though is where Wells writes the characters. I’m starting to believe in Norman’s reformation. Peter and Betty’s friendship feels incredibly genuine. Woven together with the traditional superhero action, it’s what makes me love Spider-Man.
Romita and Hanna’s work together continues to exceed what I could have expected. Their character acting is realistic, without pushing away from Romita’s signature blocky style. Peter and Norman both are extremely relatable thanks to how they depict them both. They also choreograph the fight really well. With a two on two fight, it would have been really easy to get chaotic, but it never does.
Menyz’s colors are still a highlight of this volume. He captures the glow of the city at twilight exceptionally well- not too bright, not too dark, with a yellow glow around the skyline. He’s proving to be one of the best up and coming color artists in the industry. Caramagna also adds quite a bit to the story. His take on Norman Osborn’s frantic dialogue pops and feels like a desperate man trying to talk his way out of the situation he’s in, all thanks to that lettering.
I continue to enjoy each issue of this series. It’ll be exciting to see where it goes from here.
Amazing Spider-Man #13 is available now from Marvel Comics.
The Hobgoblin and Spider-Man brawl in one of the volume’s best issues so far. The story is full of twists and character growth, and the art is full of action.