Amazing Spider-Man #593

Story by
Art by
Mike McKone, Karl Kesel, Andy Lanning
Colors by
Jeremy Cox
Letters by
Joe Caramagna
Cover by
Marvel Comics

Well, things could be better for Peter Parker. His arch-enemy is America's top cop, his longtime nemesis is mayor of New York, a new Vulture is killing people, and he just walked in on his aunt during a... er... 'personal moment' with J. Jonah Jameson's father. Thankfully, Mark Waid has the deft skills to play up the sheer comedy of Peter's life, beginning this issue with Peter in the shower, declaring "Must wash brain...!" A sentiment shared by many readers, no doubt.

The follow-up on Peter's little interruption of May and Jameson, Sr. is very well handled with Peter trying to balance conflicting emotions about his aunt's new relationship. Obviously, finding out that she's being 'courted' in the way he did throws him for a loop, but what really seems to be bugging Peter is that May is moving on. Peter struggling with that idea without letting her know that's what he's feeling is done subtly. McKone's depiction of body language and facial expressions is the best he's ever done and really makes the scene work.

The second part of "24/7" explains why Peter feels the need to be Spider-Man all of the time right now as he pulls a Bugs Bunny: if Mayor J. Jonah Jameson is going to do everything in his power to hunt him down, Spidey isn't going to respond in kind. Oh no, he just plants a big wet one on Jameson to get him more angry. Peter figures that by being more public than ever, he will not just annoy Jameson but also get the citizens of New York on his side.

Whether it's stopping a mugger, handing out umbrellas made of webbing or shutting up a loud-mouth on the bus, Spider-Man's public relations campaign works like a charm, sending Jameson into fits. The encounters with Jameson's Anti-Spider Squad further demonstrate that Jameson is going too far with citizens openly helping Spider-Man.

It's not all fun and games with Spider-Man running himself ragged in a, possibly, misguided task. The issue ends with an encounter with the new Vulture that could have some serious ramifications in the future. I'm not sure what to make of this new Vulture since very little is seen, but he does bear an odd resemblance to the Red Lanterns in "Green Lantern."

As I said before, McKone's art is at its best here. His Spider-Man is almost always shown in motion, giving the character a real dynamic feel not always gotten across. This is a fast-paced issue and the art more than keeps up. Waid and McKone seem perfectly in sync, working to make the other seem stronger. Together, they've produced a fun, thrilling comic book -- pretty much what "Amazing Spider-Man" should be.

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