Monday, March 14, 2016

Comics Rant: Amazing Spider-Man #7

Amazing Spider-Man #7
Written by Dan Slott
Drawn by Matteo Buffagni
Colored by Marte Gracia

Spider-Man under the power of Mr. Negative. And no, Mr. Negative isn't just a guy who'll hold a crappy disposition against your favorite albums or craps on the kind of beer you like, the evil! Well, unless he's his normal non-evil self of Martin Li. Think Two Face with different physical forms. Yeah? Good. So Mr. Negative wants Peter Parker to poison with his patented (pending) drug that makes you a bad guy, Nightshade, a Japanese business man named Quinghao. You see, it's part of Mr. Negative's plan to make this guy evil and under his thumb.

But Peter isn't really under Mr. Negative's control. Since he was under his spell before Pete's able to not be affected by it. Uhm, which explains the former storyline from Mr. Negative which was around in the normal 616 Marvel U. But isn't this supposed to be a Brand New Marvel U. So Secret Wars doesn't count now!? You know, the book they made you pay $4.99 for that was supposed to alter the landscape of the Marvel Universe FOREVER!!! Fuck it, I guess. Until Marvel needs to bleed you dry with a new "Event". Just wait until the summer of 2016, just you watch.

My bitching aside, Peter tells his head scientist to stop his whole finding a cure for cancer research to find a cure for the Nightshade. Yeah, good idea, Parker. Stop the guy trying to save millions of lives so you can play dress up. Fucking priorities, bro. This will later come back to bite Spidey in the ass, as once his underling's mother is sick with cancer and she sells the Spider-Mobile to Zodiac to help her. All 'cause Peter wants to play big man. I don't know about you, but I kind of want Spider-Man to go back to being broke and so on. No cancer research to be ruined in those tales.

So Spidey slips on a spider tracer to Cloak of Cloak and Dagger fame, who are both also under the control of Mr. Negative. Spider-Man tracks them to where the Nightshade is being produced and steals a fresh supply to made an antidote, plus using his fancy new Parker Tech he calls the 5-0 (cops) to bust the joint up good. Cloak and Dagger fight back but Spider-Man throws tons of Nightshade at her, making her OD or something so she and Cloak exit, stage left.

Oh and back in New York a new hero called Regent saves Harry Osborn and his blended family. Not sure if Dan Slott gets a royalty check from this but hey, it brought the action back to NYC, if only for a little while. Good art along with tons of moving parts in the tale. I'd like for it to be slowed down just a little but, but hey, you know what, it's still an entertaining read.

-Tash Moore

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