Amazing Spider-Man #14

The "Spider-Verse" event concludes with a pier six brawl on Loom World between the Inheritors and every Spider-Man ever -- at least, those that are left. Dan Slott packs a lot of action into these pages and artists Olivier Coipel and Giuseppe Camuncoli balance the huge cast amongst some gorgeous double page spreads with high octane punching. For a story as large as this, the ending comes quickly and -- though the battle is over -- there's still a lot of mess left over for the epilogue issue.

Slott has used the entire crossover to show that, across the multiverse, what makes a Spider-Man a Spider-Man is universal: a strong devotion to the protection of innocent lives and a responsibility to do the right thing. Even Spider-Ock, who takes the most drastic measures in this issue, still believes that his actions are towards a much more noble cause. There are plenty of fist pump moments, like the return of a certain Japanese mech suit in the nick of time, and a betrayal from within the Inheritor family. One of the biggest highlights is Spider-Gwen handing a Green Goblin the beat down of a lifetime, reparation for actions she may not understand but yet another huge moment for readers who have quickly become attached to the hoodie-sporting indie rock wonder. Even Peter Porker gets a big character moment that is both funny and clever, saving the day for his Spider-friends.

The action with the Inheritors ties up quickly because of page count and, at the end of the issue, it's clear that Slott still has a lot of story left to tell with these characters. Everyone is still on Loom World, though now they have access to their own home worlds. There's much fallout to be dealt with and there is very little time spent here on some of the losses experienced by the Spiders. The action is over by the end of the issue, but those looking for answers will be a little disappointed in the lack thereof.

Coipel's pages are dazzling and gorgeous, with vivid detail and dynamic layouts for such a heavy cast of characters. It would be easy to lose the detail with so many people running around with similar designs but everything is balanced and clear to follow. He becomes a master of the double page spread, giving a lot of consideration to the flow of action and information across that format. Camuncoli comes in to finish out the book and, in any issue where he is the only artist, this art would shine but it does suffer in comparison to the pages preceding his own. The ink team and colorist Justin Ponsor do a good job providing some visual consistency between the two pencilers and credit should be given to the editorial team for helping to balance out these art styles, which aren't that similar to one another.

"Spider-Verse," for all its high dangers and trappings, winds up being a fun, self-aware event that equally gives Peter a greater understanding of his uniqueness in the universe and a better sense of connection to the things that he has that other iterations of Spider-Man may not. Slott's love of Spider-Man continues to push through all aspects of "Amazing Spider-Man" and this issue is no different.

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