Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows # 4

Posted by bulletproofsponge 24 September 2015

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows # 4

Daddy has to go away for a while

This issue focuses a little more on Annie and her perspective on the events that have been taking place. It begins with Annie thinking back on her life and how she was never allowed to use her powers, whether it be for a simple thing like getting a ball from under a car or help her classmate who was being bullied. She recalls how her mother always told her that if she used her powers, the bad men would come and take her away. Now, that moment has become reality.

Mary Jane and Annie find themselves quickly teleported into a secret base - the SHIELD base. As it turns out, they were extracted for safety. Spider-Man was supposed to come along with them but was instead left behind fighting the Sinister Six.

Back at the school, Spider-Man is busy beating the remaining Sinister Six to pulp trying to find out where his family was taken. Sandman eventually reveals himself telling Spidey that he is working with SHIELD and that they have to leave together if he wants to see them. Spider-Man, thinking it is a trick refuses to do as Flint instructs.

 Before Flint can convince his former enemy, Regent arrives at the scene, paralyzing both Spider-Man and Sandman.

Over at SHIELD's hideout, MJ learns that they were teleported so quickly with the help of the SPOT, Spider-Man's old enemy who was attacked by Regent. The result was that the Spot now loses a part of himself every time he teleports. MJ also learns that the new head of SHIELD in the eye-patch is actually Hawkeye who lost his eye in battle against Regent!

There are several familiar face at SHIELD including, Prowler, Mocking Bird, Jarvis and Ben Urich. MJ mentions the inhibitor chips that Peter rigged to keep them safe all the years in mid conversation. Upon hearing thing, Hawkeye insists to see the chips, realizing that it could hold the secret to defeating Regent.

Spider-Man later awakens, still in captive, at Regent's base. There he observes D-Man, the B-class
hero whom he allowed to be attacked a few issues earlier. D-Man was being dissected and experimented on to help the researchers allow Regent to maintain 100% of the powers he absorbs.

Regent then uses his telepathic abilities to creep into Sandman's mind to try to determine the location of SHIELD's hideout. At the hideout, Spot gets to work on trying to replicate the inhibitor chips. Hawkeye plans to use the chip on Regent to inhibit his powers, giving them a chance to stop him. The only thing they need is a sample of his DNA. Unfortunately, soon after they begin devising the plan, the Sinister Six start raiding the hideout.

While in captivity, Regent explains to Spider-Man that he is actually a good man and that the reason he is trying to obtain God Like powers is so he can fight god- namely DOOM! Somehow, Regent was aware of the real situation and that Dr Doom really rules the world. To Peter however, this all obviously sounds like rubbish.

With Regent focusing so much on absorbing Spider-Man's powers, Sandman was able to harness one of Spot's black holes which was in him, creating a black hole at SHIELD's base for them to attack Regent at his own base.

Over at SHIELD, the good guys, with the help of Annie and her powers, were able to stop the Sinister Six. The team, including MJ and Annie then go through the Black Hole towards Regent's stronghold.


Here we can see that the story is finally coming to a predictable close. Once again, as with most five-part miniseries, the ending ends up being a little rushed thanks to some ridiculous amount of luck. In this case, that luck involves the fact that Peter's inhibitor chip held the key to defeat Regent all along.

It was pretty good to see Annie suited up and in action finally. In my opinion though, it was a little ridiculous that she was able to take out so many members of the Sinister Six with such ease, especially since she has absolutely no experience in any form of crime fighting.

I did like that they tied this mini series in briefly to what was actually happening in Secret Wars by mentioning Doom. Over all, still a decent book.

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew your Vows # 3

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Amazing Spider-Man: Renew your Vows # 3

Calling a Family Meeting

This issue begins with Regent, asking his doctors if he would be able to maintain Spider-Man's powers if he absorbs them like he did for the rest. As it turns out, the powers Regent absorbs from the heroes fade over time. Regent does not want his Spider-Powers to fade like the others should he absorb them as he needs it for the great task  at hand.

Elsewhere, Spider-Man, in his black costume makes a visit to the Tinkerer to ask for some inhibitor chips. The Tinkerer explains that they are banned tech and that they don't even work. Spider-Man assures him however that it would not be an issue. Unfortunately for Spidey, the Tinkerer was already approached by Regent earlier. He soon sounds the silent alarm, causing the Sinister Six to be alerted. In the shadows elsewhere, Sandman, watches as his former friends, the Sinister Six make their way to Spider-Man's direction. He calls SHIELD to inform them of his observations.

The Director of shield, shown in the shadows as a figure with an eye patch, instructs Flint to follow the Sinister Six but remain unseen. Over at the SHIELD headquarters a discussion is being made on whether or not Spider-Man is worth saving since he abandoned them in their final battle against Regent all those years ago.

Over at the Tinkerer's place, Doc Ock tries to take on Spider-Man before his team members arrives. Having no time for games, Spider-Man quickly defeats Doc Ock, almost leaving nothing of him left.

 By the time the rest of the Sinister Six arrive, Spider-Man is long gone, and Doc Ock is in a horrible mess. While most of the team wonders about Spider-Man's news approach and his motives for the non functional inhibitor chips, Kraven immediately understands the situation, knowing that Spider-Man's behavior is due to the fact that he is protecting his "cub," whom he deduces attends the school that Spider-Man had last appeared at.

Back at the Parker home, Annie watches as Jameson slams Spider-Man on TV for ruining everything that the Regent has built. Annie asks her mom about what her Father was like before. MJ explains to her daughter about Peter's Uncle Ben and how he learnt about responsibility.

Peter later returns home with the inhibitor chips and proceeds to fix them with a sample of Annie's DNA ( strand of hair). MJ explains to Peter how the inhibitor chip will not be a permanent solution and that Regent will continue looking for them now that Spider-Man is back. Just then, a recording is played on TV instructing all parents of children attending Annie's school to appear for a screening. Peter gets to work on the inhibitor chip and assures MJ not to worry.

The next morning, Peter, MJ and Annie all arrive early at the former Avengers Mansion for the screening. As expected, the family make it through the scanning undetected. When a young boy however is caught with some powers, the alarms go off. The father of the boy is apprehended thinking he must be Spider-Man. Immediately the Sinister Six, or five now without Ock, begin pouring in. Peter's first instinct is to remain hidden to protect his family. Annie however convinces her father to be the hero he once was. Peter obliges, wanting his daughter to live in a world of heroes. He warns his family that from this moment on, it will be them against the world. Annie however has faith in her father and has no fear.

Peter changes to Spider-Man and makes his first appearance by webbing Hobgoblin's bomb to his hand just as he was about to throw it into the crowd, sending a hand-less Hobgoblin flying into the building.

Mysterio immediately searches the camera footage for the family without a father at the same time of Spider-Man's appearance to locate Spider-Man's wife and child. The crowd below wonder why Spider-Man s fighting Regent's men as many of them truly believe that Regent is a hero. While Spidey fights the remaining Sinister Six, he witnesses his wife and child being kidnapped by two people in uniform.


The final scene of this issue truly leaves the reader wanting to know what happens in the next issue. The story is well written portraying Spider-Man, no longer as friendly neighborhood hero, but rather a no-nonsense hero who is serious about getting to business as quickly as possible, looking out for his family as his most important responsibility first.

Annie's innocence and admiration for her father is exactly what Peter needs to push him back into the superhero business. Not knowing well enough about the danger she faces, Annie wants to do whatever she can to help her father with her powers. With MJ and Annie kidnapped however, Spider-Man will probably go from being the unfriendly neighborhood Spider-Man to the Ruthless Spider-Man.

The fact that this story takes place in an alternate timeline makes the possibilities endless. There is no need to keep Spider-Man as a good hero by the end of the story. If anything were to happen to his family, the writers would not think twice to put Spider-Man in a deep depression, sending him off the deep end.

With this in mind, us readers are left even more curious, wondering what would happen next. There are also a number of unanswered questions from this issue which will probably be revisited in the issues ahead such as the identity of the new leader of SHIELD, and what great task Regent was referring to when he was asking about his retention of Spider-Man's powers when he absorbs them

Regardless, there are a number of things that make this book extra enjoyable. Firstly, it is always great to see that Spider-Man can, and could have kicked everyone's ass whenever he wanted if he didn't hold back.

Second, the dynamics between Peter and his innocent daughter is great to see and read and this is something we never got to see in the canon story line.

Finally, Peter, happily married to Mary Jane, despite the circumstances is always going to be a good read.

Amazing Spider-Man v3 # 20.1

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Amazing Spider-Man v3 # 20.1

Spiral: Part: 5

This is the final story in the five part series involving Captain Watanabe's Spiral down from hero to anti-hero. 

The issue begins with Spider-Man and the police busy trying to stop crime all day in the Third Precinct. Spidey has a hard time understanding why so much crime is taking place all in one day in the same place. Felicia eventually fills him in while fighting him. She compares the criminal underworld to a Jenga Puzzle. Spider-Man and Wraith's activities over the last few days removed too many pieces from the Jenga Puzzle all at once, thus causing it to crash down all at once. 

Spider-Man, as usual does not fight back when attacked by the Black Cat and instead lets her go as he has to focus his attention on Mr Negative. 

Over at Mr Negative's hideout, a meeting is taking place with his inner demons. Wraith crashes the party, surprising Negative when she informs him that she had killed Donald, one of his inner demons. She then continues to state that she is here to kill Negative as well. Upon hearing this, Mr Negative runs for his life, instructing his demons to stop her. 

Just then, Spider-Man drops in, helps fight the bad guys and confronts Wraith once and for all. Wraith finally gets around to convincing Spider-Man that she is past saving and that he is wasting his time. She tells him that Yuri Watanabe is dead and all that is left is Wraith. Spider-Man finally lets himself believe that his friend is truly lost and carries on to stop Wraith from killing Negative. 
Spidey swings in to pull Wraith out of the crowd, not to save her, but to save the innocent civilians whom Wraith would probably beat without thinking twice. He then knocks Wraith out with a single punch and webs her up for later. 

Shortly later, Spidey catches up to Mr Negative and again knocks with out with a single punch. Though outwardly, it seems like the day was a success having stopped the bad guys, Spider-Man feels that he has failed his friend Yuri. He concludes that everything in this world turns, round and round, in a spiral, either going up, down, or round and round. 


I have to admit that somehow at the back of my mind I figured that Yuri Watanabe would eventually come out at the end of this story to be the hero that she once was. Unfortunately, the story had a slightly darker ending to what I had expected. Nevertheless, changing her into an Anti Hero was not the worst thing to happen. Her personality, costume, and name perfectly suits the description of an anti hero anyway. 

I thought that both Wraith and Mr Negative being knocked out by a single punch was a little much. We get that Spider-Man is much stronger and usually just holds back, but for him to catch and stop both Wraith and Mr Negative so quickly was a little unrealistic considering the build up for this story. 

Overall, this whole mini series was good for fans of the Wraith. As a Spider-Man Fan, and certainly not one of Mr Negative, this story was a little dry with quite a sad and strangely realistic ending about life for a comic book. If it was not for the occasional appearance of the Black Cat in this five part mini series, I would say that there was nothing really compelling me to buy this five part mini series.



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