This issue is golden; we, as the audience, get to see almost every aspect of Ock’s life in action. Not only that, but this issue really made me interested and attached to Hobgoblin as a person and not just as a villain. Phil Urich is an earnestly interesting figure who I want to see more of.
The art is fantastic, especially with the color schemes our hero and villain offer, making most pages jump off the screen nicely. But what I really enjoyed was the designs of the characters. We haven’t seen too much of Peter’s new costume, but here it stands out nicely, and, though he doesn’t really use his new spider legs, as is shown off on the cover, it adds a nice aspect to his costume, and makes the stakes that much higher when he does need to use them.
We also play a little bit of catch-up with some of the problems in Peter’s life that hasn’t been covered in a while, such as his doctorate, Mary Jane, and Aunt May, and, though brief, it reminds us of a lot of the things that are going on in this guy’s world. It also brings into question the idea of his secret identity, and he questions whether or not it helps or hinders him, another curious idea.
The issue ends with a clever and exciting cliffhanger that leaves me craving more (this book can be rather clever like that, if you haven’t noticed), so it’s no surprise that I’ll be reporting back soon with how all this goes down.