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The final issue of Dan Slott and Adam Kubert’s Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows was released yesterday, and it was certainly a fitting way to end the series.  In the domain known as the Regency, a villain known as Regent has captured all of the heroes and harvests them for their powers.  The last of his collection, Spider-Man, was recently apprehended, and now the Regent believes that he has every ability he will need to take on the ultimate ruler of the planet, Doom.  However, he never counted on Spider-Man’s family showing up.

Slott’s mastery of the Spider-Man character and everything that he stands for has been the one constant throughout this series, and this issue is no different.  This series was immensely successful in breaking down the character to his simplest parts and examining them to get to the core of what actually makes Peter Parker Spider-Man, and that element is responsibility.  Peter is and always has been devoted to the idea that with great power comes great responsibility.  He wrestles with himself throughout these five issues as to exactly how to interpret those words, but he never actually abandons the philosophy.

Kubert’s artwork is again some of the best in the business.  He manages to capture both emotions and actions well.  This issue has a decent amount of both, so his talent really shines here.  I especially liked some of Peter’s more serious facial expressions when he started to think about his family in danger, and just how far he would be willing to go in order to save them.

All in all, I enjoyed this series a lot more than I initially thought I was going to, as I’m not a really big Spider-Man reader.  I may just have to consider picking up another Spidey book once the Secret Wars and Battleworld sort themselves out.

The Verdict for Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5:
5/5 – Must Have Moar!!!

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Dan Slott and Adam Kubert continue to weave the story of this alternate universe Spider-Man, and what a story it is.  In a domain where all of the superheroes have been hunted down and captured by the overlord known as The Regent, Peter Parker and his super-powered daughter Annie stay hidden through the use of inhibitor chips, but the Regent has caught on that Spidey is still out there somewhere, and he will stop at nothing to find him.  This is one of the very few Secret Wars tie-ins that has actually kept the quality up issue after issue.  Slott and Kubert tell a wonderful Webslinger story that puts the title character under a microscope and reexamines his core beliefs.  Each issue has had both action and solid storytelling, and this is definitely a must-read  as far as the Secret Wars event goes.

The Verdict for Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3:
4/5 – I can dig it.

Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

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March of the Crabs, Volume 1: The Crabby Condition
Secret Wars #5
Ghost Racers #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Planet Hulk #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Secret Wars: Battleworld #4

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The webbed wall crawler is back for issue #2, but is it as good as the debut issue in the series?  Let’s take a peek and see.

ASM: Renew Your Vows #2 finds Peter coping with a decision he made in the final pages of issue #1 (No spoilers.  Go read it.  It was great.).  He and MJ also have to deal with the fact that their daughter, Annie, exhibits similar powers to those of her father.  This poses a serious problem, since the Regent, the ruler of this section of Battleworld, searches out anyone with powers so that he can absorb them to make himself stronger.  Peter and Annie have to hide their abilities, lest they be tracked down and killed simply for having them.

Dan Slott walks a fine line with the writing in this series, as he almost finds himself writing an X-Men persecution style story with Spider-Man as his main character.  The great thing is that it actually works.  This is a Spider-Man that we rarely see, one who knows when he’s beaten and needs to just keep quiet in order to stay alive.  A huge part of the Spidey character is his ability to keep things light, even under tremendous pressure, but in this series, Slott has given the Webhead a threat so dangerous that his usual antics just won’t work this time, so for once in his life he has to simply blend in and be the normal, non-heroic guy.  It’s also very interesting that he takes the sentence that turns Peter Parker into Spider-Man (With great power, there must also come great responsibility), and uses it as a justification for Peter to stay hidden in the shadows in order to protect his family.  This story really is taking everything that we know about the character and turning it inside out, and it works really well.

Adam Kubert’s art work in this series has also been great so far.  There’s a genuine emotional connection between Peter and his wife and daughter that you can see in the panels.  You also feel Peter and MJ’s fear and desperation when they think that Annie might be in trouble.  And there’s also a really great family-centric moment at the end of the issue that Kubert works to perfection.  This series definitely has solid art from a veteran in the field.

Overall, I’m enjoying this series way more than I thought I would.  I knew next to nothing coming into this one, but I can honestly say that I’m glad I started reading it.  It’s a really compelling and emotional story from a veteran Spidey writer and a veteran comic artist.  I guess I shouldn’t have expected anything less than what I’m getting.

The Verdict for Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #2:
4/5 – I can dig it.

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Spider-Man, or a version of him anyway, is back for his second foray into the world of Secret Wars, but is it worth the read.  Let’s find out.

Despite the mouthful of a title, Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1, tells a relatively simple story.  It tells of a simpler, and possibly happier, time in Peter Parker’s life.  A time when he is still married to MJ.  A time before he traded that marriage to Mephisto so that the demon would erase the world’s memory of Peter revealing himself to be Spider-Man.  The story also brings in a villain known as Regent, who has the ability to steal the super powers of Marvel’s heroes.  By the time this first issue is finished, the world of Spider-Man that you thought you knew has been significantly changed.

Longtime Spidey scribe, Dan Slott, gets the writing duties here.  I have very limited experience with his work on the character, but from what I’ve read here, I think I like his take.  He seems to have brought the character back to his roots.  I mean that very literally, as in Peter looking at his uncle Ben’s famous advice in a completely different light.  It’s actually a pretty interesting moment in the latter half of the book.  The other two aspects that I think this issue focuses heavily on are identity, and choices.  Early on in the story, Spider-Man meets up with the Avengers and has Iron Man specifically tell him that it’s his secret identity that’s holding him back from doing bigger and better things, and it’s something that Peter thinks about for a moment.  Regarding choices, Slott again takes Spidey back to his roots, where he forces the character to make a choice between trying to fight and save the city at large, or holding back from the bigger fight to take out a smaller (but no less dangerous) threat to his own family.  It makes for a pretty compelling story.

Veteran, Adam Kubert, takes the artistic reigns in this series.  For the most part, he does a solid job.  There are some odd stylistic choices to some of the Avengers members’ costumes that I’m not quite sure I like (or understand).  Unless he was simply going for the aspect of this being an alternate universe version of Spider-Man and the other heroes.  The action scenes are well done.  Fights flow from one page to the next with ease.  Also, I’ve always felt that the best artists on Spider-Man comics, are the ones that can make the character emote through the mask, and Kubert pulls that off pretty well here.

By the end of this issue, I wasn’t completely blown away, but I was definitely entertained and happy with it.  And I know I’ve said it more than a few times, but I am very pleased to see that Marvel really took some time to line up some great creators for most of the tie-in books to this massive event series.

The Verdict for Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1:
I can dig it.

Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

Upcoming reviews:
East of West, Volume 3: There Is No Us TPB
Secret Wars: Battleworld #2
Wytches #1-#6
March of the Crabs, Volume 1: The Crabby Condition