“Amazing Spider-Man” #5 by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos carries the “Original Sin” trade dress on the cover’s corner, but it’s not so much a tie-in to that series as it is a follow-up to last issue’s introduction of Cindy Moon, aka Silk, revealed to be another victim of the radioactive spider that bit Peter Parker years ago. Regardless, the character adds an interesting, and steamy, new dynamic to Peter’s life, and also an intriguing dynamic to this story where Black Cat enlists Electro’s help as she makes her move in her vendetta against Spider-Man. As he’s done throughout his Spider-Man run, Slott packs several important characters into the story and deftly juggles them all, making for a fun and lively character-driven issue.
Those anxious to see what’s next for Peter and Cindy after making some hot and heavy moves of their own at the end of last issue need to wait, at least for a few pages. Slott and Ramos start things off with The Black Cat and Electro making a different kind of move altogether, in the form of shaking down the New York underworld, before joining Peter and Cindy in their mutual arachnid-driven attraction. Slott’s on top of his game with multiple double entendres, both expressed and hinted at, transitioning between the two scenes with humor and surprise; surprising, because it’s been a while since readers got to see Peter get some action, giving a whole new meaning to that old Parker luck.
Ramos’ usual penchant for crazily-exaggerated fight poses and facial expression seems a little more restrained here than usual, and it serves the story well. Cindy refreshingly looks like a normal woman, in fact, at least when she’s not webbing herself up and fighting as Silk. Ramos’ style helps him bring out the humor in Slott’s story, in fact; Anna Maria’s expression as she shoots daggers from her eyes at Peter when he brings Cindy back to their apartment is priceless, as is Peter’s when she first walks in on them. The large number of cast members playing important roles in this story means Ramos has a lot to lay out, and he crams it all in without making it seem cramped. The standard cover is probably Ramos and colorist Edgar Delgado’s only weak spot of the issue; Spider-Man in a Gil Kane-like pose after being laid low by Electro makes for a striking image, but the coloring and design of Electro’s costume makes it appear as though Spidey just got taken out by Quicksilver.
Funniest line of the week? Peter telling Anna regarding bring Cindy home, “I brought her here so we could Google.”
“Amazing Spider-Man” #5 isn’t hurt or derailed in the least by tying into “Original Sin,” and is actually made stronger by it. Slott and Ramos deliver a fun, brisk and witty story that balances all sorts of action with humor and clever character interaction.