Saturday, September 24, 2016

Comics Rant: Amazing Spider-Man #16

Amazing Spider-Man #16
Written by Dan Slott
Penciled by Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inked by Cam Smith
Colored by Marte Gracia

More returning to a long gone era as we kick off this issue of Amazing Spider-Man. I mean, what would a Spider-Man book be if they didn't find some way to go ahead and remind us all of the Clone Saga. Hey, I mean, that's the thing that got me hooked on comics. What can I say, I grew up in the 1990's. It was a magical time. You know, when you could still wear pants that went straight to the ground and still be considered cool. Those where the days.

Jay Jameson is sick as we learned last issue. The doctors
have some conventional ideas on what's best for him. That is, until a doctor from New U Enterprises wants to take the lead and offer a new cutting edge technique to help. JJJ is skeptical, as usual. Peter says he'll do whatever it takes to help but then dashes off to San Fran on his private jet for a work related meeting.

During said flight, Peter shares this info with Anna Maria about how New U can regrow new organs. Anna Maria sheepishly tells Peter that it sounds like cloning, which that right there should have sent up a fucking red flag. Cloning can only lead to one thing; The Jackal is back!

And he is! Dun, dun, dun. He's shown in a scene hooking up Max Dillion to a device designed to give him his Electro powers back, after being stripped of them via Parker Industries, back when they were still in that bid to build a super powered prison. As luck would have it, a Parker Industries plant in Oklahoma goes boom and Pete reroutes his jet to lend a hand.

Most of the crew in the building gets out except six workers. Peter changes to Spider-Man and rushes inside. He frees five of the six then goes back for the final employee. Spidey saves the day by rushing him to a hospital. But as we know with the wall crawler, there's always a catch. The worker's mask was cracked, allowing him to breathe in tons of harmful toxins that are now killing him!

Pete calls up New U, which is really just a front for the Jackal and clones the guy's heart and lungs, thus saving him. See, Spidey, money does buy happiness. Doc Ock in his robot body gets the idea to clone himself and JJJ goes to New U for help on his own only to find they cloned his last wife, Marla! Well, that's bang for your buck. Glad to see Jackal show up and still loving this run on Spider-Man which clearly is a soon to be classic made into an omnibus and charged $499 for the whole damn thing. Just you wait.

-Tash Moore

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