Nick Spencer Writes One More Day (Again) In Amazing Spider-Man #53

There's been a fair bit of art recycling in comic books of late. Recent issues of X-Men just re-ran scenes from a Free Comic Book Day edition with minor text alterations while another just reused the same art as a previous issue in order to tell the story from a different and less unreliable narrator. Today's Amazing Spider-Man #53 has the grace, at least to redraw rather than reuse Joe Quesada's artwork from Amazing Spider-Man #545, as originally written by Joe Michael Straczynski.

One of the more controversial Spider-Man comics, dubbed One More Day, it saw Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson do a deal with the devil Mephisto for the life of Peter's Aunt May, in return for the existence of their own marriage. It also saw Peter Parker regain his secret identity, return his physical rather than organic web-shooters and also bring back Harry Osborn from the dead.

And it is Harry Osborn who has been revealed as Kindred, a demonic creature manipulating Parker's life.  That has dragged itself from hell with a very personal mission of revenge. A Harry Osborn that was in hell all this time, forgotten by all while the revived Harry Osborn was – an imposter?

So the opening scene drawn by Mark Bagley

Nick Spencer Writes One More Day In Amazing Spider-Man #53
Art from Amazing Spider-Man #53

Nick Spencer Writes One More Day In Amazing Spider-Man #53

Nick Spencer Writes One More Day In Amazing Spider-Man #53
Art from Amazing Spider-Man #545

…is directly drawn from Joe Quesada's original.

The previous Peter Parker was rewritten but sure of who and what he was. The new version, is thrust back in time, and is unready from the get-go.

Nick Spencer Writes One More Day In Amazing Spider-Man #53 Nick Spencer Writes One More Day In Amazing Spider-Man #53

Putting the Spider-shoe on the other foot, initially the audience was the one not knowing what was going on, now the audience (those who remember the original decades ago) has an inkling, and it is Peter who is lost.

Nick Spencer Writes One More Day In Amazing Spider-Man #53

Although the memories do start to return with the song that he sings…

Nick Spencer Writes One More Day In Amazing Spider-Man #53

Nick Spencer Writes One More Day In Amazing Spider-Man #53

Though not everyone has glowing red eyes. Is that a note of Mephisto, as we have seen in recent issues of The Avengers?

Nick Spencer Writes One More Day In Amazing Spider-Man #53

With a very alive Flash Thompson

Nick Spencer Writes One More Day In Amazing Spider-Man #53 Nick Spencer Writes One More Day In Amazing Spider-Man #53

A reaction to Flash that contrasts the original, and a very different feeling for Mary Jane as well.

Nick Spencer Writes One More Day In Amazing Spider-Man #53

And so the arrival of the big man himself.

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With the announcement made by a more demonic face than the original. And less of an evil grin from Carley as well.

Nick Spencer Writes One More Day In Amazing Spider-Man #53

But there is one specific scene from the original that is not reprised, with Peter Parker choosing an appropriate toast to the returning friend.

Nick Spencer Writes One More Day In Amazing Spider-Man #53
Art from Amazing Spider-Man #545

"Speak of the devil" … might that have been too much on the nose?

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #53 LAST
MARVEL COMICS
SEP200617
(W) Nick Spencer (A) Mark Bagley (CA) Patrick Gleason
LAST REMAINS CONTINUES!
o If you think you've seen a brutal Spider-Man fight before, you are wrong.
o Do not miss this issue.
32 PGS./Rated T+In Shops: Nov 18, 2020 SRP: $3.99

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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