“Learning to Crawl” reaches a satisfactory conclusion in “Amazing Spider-Man” #1.5, under an iconic Alex Ross cover. Written by Dan Slott with art from RamÃ³n Perez, colors by Ian Herring and letters from Joe Caramagna, this issue rounds out the story between stories as Peter Parker makes the leap from total jerk to the loveable, downtrodden nerd we all know and love under the mask of Spider-Man.
As he attempts to put things right and resigns himself to the crushing defeat he experienced at the hands of Clash, Peter Parker has a heart-to-heart with his Aunt May. In that scene between May Parker and her nephew, Dan Slott gives readers everything they need to know about why this storyline exists. Aunt May stretches beyond her usual post and helps Peter reach beyond his own comfort zone. Slott provides the character with a connection to Uncle Ben beyond the “great power” speech that we all know and helps show readers how that advice, supplied by Aunt May, shapes Spider-Man every bit as much as the guilt he experiences over his beloved uncle’s death.
“Amazing Spider-Man” #1.5 is filled with fantastic, comfortable art from RamÃ³n Perez, who communicates Pete’s isolation in one single image, choreographs a nice fight montage between Clash and Spidey and looks to the future with his own interpretation of Spider-Man’s most amazingly iconic moments, melded together in a gorgeous double-page spread that finishes this book and provides readers with an image worthy of study and worth the cost on the cover of this comic book. Herring’s bold colors spring off the page, flavoring this story with wild ambition descendant from the first time the red-and-blue clad webslinger first crossed pages on weblines. Pete’s civilian scenes are colored in a more mundane fashion, with duller background choices more apropos of life, but when the action gets rolling Herring unleashes the tints. Finding just the right spots and breaks for the narrative, letterer Joe Caramagna completes this comic book. The word balloon-busting exclamations are as critical and welcome to a Spider-Man story as the bold red used to color ol’ webhead’s costume.
While this is the fifth installment of five, readers can walk into this issue with no preparation, save for knowing it’s place in the continuity of Spider-Man, and thoroughly enjoy. Yes, there are some questions that might creep into their minds, such as, “What ever happened to. . .?” or “Why did. . .?” but Dan Slott does his job here and gives readers a satisfying story with a clean ending. For now. Slott usually finds spots for his creations and has a tendency to project ideas out for newer characters. Surely “Learning to Crawl” will have some impact on modern-day adventures, but even if it doesn’t, it is nice to take a stroll with Slott, Perez, Herring and Caramagna to the most formative days of Spider-Man’s development.