You look at that cover and it just screams Spider-Man team up! That isn’t to say writer Dan Slott isn’t going to weave in his massive ongoing Spidey story and it comes with a Spider-Verse backup to boot, but is it good?
Amazing Spider-Man #7 (Marvel Comics)
This is the first issue one might be able to enjoy without having to know anything. Okay fine, this is a Dan Slott plotted story, so that’s nearly impossible, but there is for the most part some fun action and suspense between Ms. Marvel and Spidey that takes up most of the book. Silk is still a major player who we check in on in the opening pages, and Anna Maria is still a guiding force for Peter, but their introductions are easy. Yeah right. Okay, so Silk is a girl who was also bitten by the radioactive spider after Peter was who was stuffed in a containment room for years but was recently released by Spider-Man. She has some crazy spidey powers and has some kind of sexual attraction to Spider-Man due to the spider bite. Anna Maria is Peter’s ex girlfriend, or at least the Doc Ock version of Peter’s ex. Boy, is Peter’s life complicated!
This issue is split down the middle, with the first 14 pages showing us where Peter and Silk stand, a complicated mess that I’m sure readers love, and Peter teaming up with Ms. Marvel. This was written by Christos Gage. The Ms. Marvel portion is an all new adventure that heavily involves the character and her origin. It’s a fun little sequence as they chase down something stolen, but bite off more than they can chew. As always. It’s a good, shorter story that’s fun, clever and a nice ride.
The remaining eight pages focus on a Captain Britain Spider-Man who has recently discovered alternate dimension Spideys are being killed and their life force being sucked out of them. This one is written by Dan Slott. He’s part of some kind of interdimensional police force, a force well aware of the alternate dimension craziness going on in the Avengers books, which is a nice way to tie in the bigger Marvel dimension stuff with Spider-Verse. Slott does a good job establishing this new Spidey’s M.O. and, given we saw him in Edge of Spider-Verse #2, he’s going to be a major player in the event. That said, this portion doesn’t introduce much beyond the bad guy being part of some cultish family, which we kind of already knew. Slott does deserve props, however, for introducing a Spider-Man cat. Rad!
That’s pretty funny.
The art in both stories is by Giuseppe Camuncoli and he does a killer job. His style reminds me of Spider-Man artist Sal Buscema from the mid to late 90’s. I don’t know, call me crazy, but it brings me back a bit. There’s a bit of control and hardness to how he draws faces and the human form that makes things look so solid. He draws some fantastical stuff with Ms. Marvel and her weird growing powers look almost natural. His work on the Spider-Verse backup is good too, and there’s some clever blocking and layouts when Spider-Man is viewing alternate dimensions.
Oh man, poor kitty!
Is It Good?
All in all this is a good comic, albeit a bit schizophrenic since it’s split nearly down the middle with two unconnected stories. That said, it’s good fun and the art is top notch.