I got myself my first (relatively) new comic in well over a decade this week. And before you ask, no, it’s not Power Girl. Big fanboy I am, I know.
Instead, it’s Amazing Spider-man: Matters of Life and Death, a collection of fairly recent Spider-man stories. I might do a fuller write-up in the future, and again I might not. But here, now?
Really, really wow.
Reading that made me glad I was a Spider-man fan for the first time in years. It made me want to read more new Spider-man. Which, frankly, was a condition I thought I lost.
There’s a lot of changes in Peter’s life, too since I was here last. Among them? J Jonah Jameson is now mayor of New York City, a move that tickles me to no end. Aunt May has remarried (to J Jonah Jameson’s father, of all people), something that I have no opinion on whatsoever. And Peter now works as a scientist at a high-tech lab, which I think is a mistake, but one I can live with.
Now the last time I seriously looked at Spider-man, he’d joined the Avengers, and I’m not sure how I felt then, but now it just doesn’t feel right. As a kid, I’d have eaten it up. Here, in these stories, they seemed… I dunno. Wrong?
Which is an odd thing to say, as some of the best moments in the book are Avenger related. A phone call with Squirrel Girl for instance. An appearance by Ben Grimm. Every comic could use more Ben Grimm and that’s a fact.
But mainly? Mainly it doesn’t seem right, some how. Maybe if I reread it I could give you a better reason.
End of the day? This was a good buy. A very depressing buy, but a good one.