This week, Marvel takes us to one of my favorite corners of the Spider-Verse. A place where Peter never made a deal with the actual devil that resulted in his marriage being cosmically annulled. As an unabashed fan of MJ + Peter—and someone who enjoyed the previous series—this is something I’ve looked forward to for a while.

Is it good?

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 (Marvel Comics)


Observations

  • Someone should tell Pete that fighting an awesome version of the Scorpion is a perfectly acceptable reason to hang up and call back.
  • Whoever this new villain is really needs to learn how to respect a balance sheet.
  • Yeah, I’d run like crazy to get home for a “Code Green,” too.
  • Seeing MJ and Peter be cool (but still kind of strict) parents to Annie makes me wish we got to see even more of this family ☹
  • Hard to go wrong with dinosaurs.
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  • Hell yeah, MJ.
  • What the heck?

Is It Good?

It’s great to see Ryan Stegman drawing Spider-Man again. Not only are his pencils great, but he also manages to perfectly capture the spider-like motions and quickness that make the panels jump off the page.

As far as the story is concerned, however, Gerry Conway’s script ends up being a whole lot of warm, fuzzy, and fun setup with very little substance behind it. We get hints of a shadowy person in the background (who already feels dangerously close to be a retread of the series’ last big bad), but not much else. The issue also ends on a cliffhanger that’s pretty standard “WE HAVE TO SAVE THIS PERSON!” fare.

All that said, Conway does do a great job establishing a strong dynamic among the Parkers, both as a family and a force for good. We also get the appearance of two classic villains, which ups the nostalgia factor (in a good way) to an already old school-feeling issue. Add in Stegman’s aforementioned gorgeous artwork (including the chance to see him draw a dinosaur attacking New York), and this one’s still worth picking up. Let’s just hope things start to ramp up now that all the familial cards are on the table.

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 Review
It’s great to see Ryan Stegman drawing Spider-Man again. Not only are his pencils great, but he also manages to perfectly capture the spider-like motions and quickness that make the panels jump off the page.Gerry Conway does a great job establishing a strong dynamic among the Parkers, both as a family and a force for good.
As far as the story is concerned, however, Conway’s script ends up being a whole lot of warm, fuzzy, and fun set up with very little substance behind it.
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