The Amazing Spider-Man #14
- zeb wells
- Michael Dowling, Kyle Hotz, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, Ryan Stegman, Tim Townsend, JP Mayer
- VC’s Joe Caramagna
- Cover artist:
- John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, Marcio Menyz
- Release date:
- Richard Isanove, Dan Brown, Terry Dodson, Matt Hollingsworth
The amazing Spider Man Issue #14 gives Peter Parker time to lick his wounds after his recent fight with the Hobgoblins. This new issue turns to focus on his clone, Ben Reilly, who has also fallen on hard times. The story, which is a prelude to the new “Dark Web” arc, is divided into four parts with different creative teams contributing to the book, with writer Zeb Wells and VC marker Joe Caramagna being the only constants. “Spring” is drawn by Michael Dowling and colored by Richard Isanove, while “Summer” is drawn by Kyle Hotz and colored by Dan Brown. Rachel Dodson is doing the inks, and Terry Dodson is doing the drawing and coloring on “Fall,” while Ryan Stegman is drawing, Tim Townsend and JP Mayer are inking, and Matt Hollingsworth is coloring “Winter.”
Poor ben. Always the spider-bridesmaid and never the spider. After the Beyond Corporation wipes her memories, she searches for a way to make sense of who she really is. Helping him in his search for answers from her is her partner, Janine Godbe. However, Ben, now going by the alias Chasm and in a new guise, finds an ally in the most unlikely person/clones: Madelyne Pryor.
While Wells splits The amazing Spider Man #14 in four parts, the flow is never interrupted as it reads coherently. The structure is used to show how long Ben Reilly has been searching for his lost memories. There’s something intriguing about a darker Ben, and Wells captures this aspect of his personality in a way that’s eerily reminiscent of Eddie Brock’s early appearances. An advantage adapts to the character; otherwise, he’s just another version of Peter Parker with a different look.
Madelyne and Ben’s pairing is pure genius. Fans of ’80s and ’90s comics will wonder why no one thought to create a team out of two of Marvel’s most famous clones, and Wells writes his characters in such a way that the reader can’t wait to see . all the mischief these two are about to get up to. More importantly, the introduction of the new villain, Hallows’ Eve, fits this story like a glove. The character’s birth also feels like she’s been pulled straight out of the ’90s with all the pomp and circumstance of hers.
While the art teams for all four parts did an outstanding job, two sections of The amazing Spider Man #14 stand out: “Summer” and “Winter.” In “Summer,” Hotz and Brown craft the ultimate love letter to the wild and wonderful. Spiderman comics from the past It’s over-the-top, colorful, and full of unforgettable character designs. “Winter” feels like the godbrother to “Summer,” as Stegman, Townsend, Mayer, and Hollingsworth end the book with glorious paneling that will have Spidey fans whooping with delight.
Wells’s time on the book has walked a tightrope of nostalgia and respect for the source material with grace. It’s a familiarity that instantly evokes the seminal stories of the past. The amazing Spider Man #14 continues the winning streak, as it manages to find a way to take two characters from Marvel Comics’ past and make them engaging and interesting in new ways.