Amazing Spider-Man v3 # 17
The Graveyard Shift: Part two
Needless to say, this is part two of the Graveyard Shift, which started in Amazing Spider-Man # 16. It starts with Peter and Ana Maria having dinner at Aunty May's place. During dinner, Aunt May makes a comment about Ana and Peter getting married. Ana Maria saves Peter's ass by explaining very quickly with a valid reason why they broke up.
During dinner, we also see a centrepiece which Jay and Aunt May won at the auction they were at in the last issue. Peter finds it familiar but can't seem to remember where he's seen it before. As readers however, we all know that it used to belong to the Black Cat.
Peter and Ana then swing over to Parker Industries and enter though a secret entrance as they are already late for the testing of the new prison for super villains. Over at the lab, Sajani, is as usual, complaining about Peter and how his idea to catch and reform the bad guys the lame. Clayton, being a former villain himself tries to explain to her why it is such a good idea.
Everyone is soon present and the testing begins. Unfortunately, it is sabotaged by the Ghost, whom we saw was hired by Tiberius Stone is the last issue to sabotage and destroy Parker industries.
Things get hectic and soon the Parker Industries staff are scattered and getting themselves in harms way. Peter is forced to use his powers to help get the others to safety. Ana Maria covers for him again with spectacular excuses as she had already done several times up to this point in the issue.
Ock's robot helper, now called the Living Brain, is tasked with the responsibility to get everyone to
Sajani soon disappears and finds the Ghost. She explains how she found which room he was operating from and offers to help destroy the lab in exchange for the safety of the people. ( By this point she is tired of Peter and his whole company and is willing to help sabotage it.) Ghost is intrigued by her offer but explains how his purpose is to kill everyone.
In the final scene, we see Spider-Man, finally changed into his costume entering the room just as Sajani is being killed by the Ghost.
Repossession: Part 2
No take backsies
Just like in the last issue, this issue too has a second part to the second story revolving around the Black Cat. While the title of this story doesn't quite make sense to me ( what's a backsy?), the story is pretty decent for a secondary story.
To summarize it quickly, Black Cat re-steals all antiques, paintings and other such items from a rich blonde named Regina, who bought all the Black Cat's items at the auction in the last issue.
While in the last issue I made the assumption that the blonde was just Felicia in a blonde wig due, it turns out that she is actually a completely different person. Anyway, Felicia robs, drugs and keeps Regina hostage by tying her up and explaining how she likes to play with her prey. When going through her treasures, Felicia realizes that there is still one piece missing. We then see the Black Cat peeping though the window to Aunt May and Jay's home where the last piece of her treasure is.
This whole story is really slow, yet enjoyable. With Aunt May getting caught up in the mix, things will soon get really personal for Spider-Man, resulting in a long awaited rematch between the ever growing lucky Black Cat and Spider-Man.
Starting up top with the first story, I'm actually a little glad that Parker Industries is being destroyed. I never was a fan of Peter owning a whole company. Though great for his financial situation, Peter running a company is just not in his character.
Sajani, being a little b*tch got her self in trouble, and will most likely never live to regret her actions.
The main focus of the first story however is not so much about what is taking place, but more to make a point about how great Ana Maria is at covering for Peter's disappearances. Though they may no longer be together as a couple, Ana Maria still proves to be a valuable friend whom Peter would be foolish to remove from his life.
The end of Parker Industries would also probably mean a huge loss of investment on Aunt May and Jay's end. However, their soon-to-be encounter with the Black Cat will probably put some things into perspective and make them forget about their petty investment and treasure their lives more.
It would also probably be the last time they decide to buy auctioned goods from a super criminal! Also, as mentioned earlier, I am looking forward to the second battle between the Black Cat, who now has a major upgrade on her good luck powers, and plain ole normal Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.
Finally, I also kinda liked that we got a glimpse of what Mary Jane has been up to in her giant billboard advertisement for her own brand of perfume.