Amazing Spider-Man #3 Review: Spider-Man Two More

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Peter Parker is enjoying a night of bowling with his girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson, and friends, Randy Robertson and Norah Winters. The Tri-Sentinel appears from nowhere and attacks New York. Thankfully, the Amazing Spider-Man arrives to fight the Tri-Sentinel. However, Peter Parker hasn't left the bowling alley. How did this happen? No, it's not Miles Morales. Peter Parker and the Amazing Spider-Man have been split into two people, and things are also looking up for Peter Parker.

Amazing Spider-Man #3 cover by Ryan Ottley and Laura Martin
Amazing Spider-Man #3 cover by Ryan Ottley and Laura Martin

Amazing Spider-Man #3 brings a different twist on "Spider-Man No More!" Don't worry, it also makes a line reference to "Spider-Man No More!"

This issue spends a lot of time on the Peter Parker side of things, with the fight between Spider-Man and the Tri-Sentinel pushed far into the background. That's not bad, but what we read isn't especially interesting. It's mostly the comic explaining how there is both Peter Parker and Spider-Man running around and the "rules" of this particular situation.

I get that to a point. You need to explain how one man became two and how/why they will need to rejoin. It could have used more action between Spidey and the Tri-Sentinel to split that up. This much of an info dump can get exasperating.

I can't say this is an outright bad comic though. I like that we've gone back to Parker not especially wanting to be Spider-Man and taking this situation as something of a boon. It feels classic in that regard. Plus, there are some genuinely funny lines spread through the book.

Amazing Spider-Man #3 art by Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn, and Laura Martin
Amazing Spider-Man #3 art by Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn, and Laura Martin

I keep going back and forth on Ryan Ottley's artwork. The cartoonish style and its pragmatist approach to detail isn't bad and kind of fits Amazing Spider-Man. However, there are some panels that look so stark that it's distracting. The suit itself always look good, and the comic flourishes in action scenes. However, there aren't a lot of those in this issue. I don't hate it, but I don't love it either. Laura Martin's color work is mostly quite good, but there are stretches of monochromatic panels that aren't especially appealing to the eye.

Amazing Spider-Man #3 is a decent comic. It has a myriad of flaws and isn't the most exciting comic you'll read this week. That said, it does have its charms, and I can recommend it to the Spider-enthusiast. Feel free to give it a read.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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