Writer Nick Spencer and artist Ryan Ottley continue the next chapter of Peter Parker’s adventures in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2. If you were a fan of the team’s first venture into the world of Spider-Man, then issue number two is sure to please.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 continues the story started in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 by adding new layers to Peter Parker’s life, which seems to always grow increasingly more and more difficult with every issue. With so much going wrong in Peter Parker’s life right now, he’s still managing to keep a positive attitude.

Peter Parker’s life has never been crazier, and Nick Spencer is doing a wonderful job of capturing all of that, while also remaining loyal to all the things that make Spider-Man great. Ryan Ottley continues to impress, as well. He’s quickly growing to be one of my favorite Spider-Man artists.

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 Keeps Things Fresh

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 opens in a… peculiar way. The image of an elephant killed by a hunter is the last thing you expect from a Spider-Man book. It certainly speaks to Nick Spencer’s sometimes eclectic nature as a writer. I can’t imagine this page was included just for narrative flair, though. I’m sure it’ll have some higher meaning moving forward.

Otherwise, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 drops us in what may feel like very familiar territory. We see Spidey battling against some D-list supervillains, reveling in how his life isn’t all that bad at the moment. That may sound contradictory, given most everything he’s worked for up until now has been lost. But, hey, when you’re in love, all your troubles just seem to wither away, you know?

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 page 5. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Yep, the Peter Parker/Mary Jane Watson romance is back in full swing. That wasn’t just some tease or daydream at the end of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1. It’s happening. One of the best comic book romances is back. It’s about damn time, I say. Though I’m cautious about how this will work moving forward, I’m glad to see these two characters back together.

Equally so, I’m happy to see the Lizard back on the scene. More specifically, Curt Connors has made a return in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2. Dan Slott’s CLONE CONSPIRACY left this character in an odd position, but he seems to be doing considerably better than he’s otherwise been recently.

Trouble ensues thanks to Taskmaster and Black Ant (and surprisingly not the Lizard). To no one’s surprise, though, Spidey makes quick work of these clowns. And as AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 winds down, I’m left rather confused. In a good way, that is. I’ll just leave it at that.

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Any Spider-Man fan can tell you that Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson are a great couple because they have great chemistry. If you want proof of that, take a look at any of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN written by J. Michael Straczynski. If you want further proof, you might look at these first two issues from Nick Spencer, too.

The early pages of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 feature Peter and MJ back together. The two already seem to be off to a great start. At the very least, they’re on cuddling terms, so that’s nice. As I mentioned earlier, I’m still taking this renewal of their relationship with a massive grain of salt. It’s still in the early stages, and anything could go wrong.

Part of me wonders if Spencer is taking this whole thing too fast. Peter and MJ sort of just jumped back into having a romantic relationship at the end of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 seems to continue the trend of moving forward with a fast pace. Of course, Pete and MJ have tons of history, so it’s not like they need to reestablish their bonds, but I’m still tending towards caution.

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 page 9. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

I’ll say this much; Spencer’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN seems to operate on a fast-paced system of storytelling. So far, it’s working out in his favor. The story keeps me entertained page after page. And, even if it’s moving fast, it’s never felt better to see Peter Parker and Mary Jane back together. It feels like Spencer really understands what makes their relationship work. Their back and forth banter and dialogue is really organic. I just hope he doesn’t take things so fast that it all feels forced or ill-conceived.

Ottley Continues His Marvel Spree

If you read my review for AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1, then you’ll know I almost instantly fell in love with Ryan Ottley’s art style in this book. Combined with the inks and colors of Cliff Rathburn and Laura Martin, respectively, Ryan Ottley’s Marvel debut has been an absolute triumph.

I can’t get over how incredible Ottley’s art is. Not only does it look awesome, but it helps the story flow with an impeccable consistency. No panels feel out of place or come out of nowhere. Most importantly, you can tell there was a lot of care put into these pages. I also feel like Ottley probably had loads of fun just drawing them all.

A word of wisdom to the Spider-Man creative and editorial teams: keep Ottley, Rathburn, and Martin as the primary AMAZING SPIDER-MAN artistic team. Seriously, they’ve hardly had any screw-ups yet.

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 page 18. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

I’m a big fan of how Ottley draws Spidey himself. He looks super badass (which, frankly, isn’t something I often say about Spider-Man). His eyes aren’t as emotive as other artists have depicted them, and yet, I still get a great sense of how Peter is feeling behind the mask. It speaks volumes to Ottley’s talent; he’s able to portray a palpable emotion while also doing less work. Good on him, I say.

The rest of Ottley’s characters shine in their own unique ways. The Lizard, Taskmaster, and Black Ant all look great, and other background characters all are drawn with great consistency. There are far fewer slip-ups in that regard than there were in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.

So, all in all, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 is another success for Ottley, Rathburn, and Martin.

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I really don’t want to wait another two or three weeks for more of this book. Not just because the storytelling and artwork are incredible, but also because AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 actually closes on a solid cliffhanger. It’s not even something completely dumbfounding (it’s a trick that’s been used in the past), it’s just the way this cliffhanger is presented. It’s hard to explain without spoiling it, but I’m determined not to do that, so I’m just going to have to leave you with my word that the ending for this issue is worth your attention.

Looking at the rest of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2, I think by now it’s clear that I really enjoyed this issue. Nick Spencer continues to show he knows what he’s doing with the wall-crawler and that he’s dedicated to making Peter Parker a more grounded character. His initial offerings have been excellent, and I sincerely hope he keeps up the good work.

Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn, and Laura Martin continue to pump out jaw-droppingly good pages. I feel like I’m running out of ways to say that they make good art. I’m not over-exaggerating, though. Seriously, their work is top notch.

So, if you’re still maybe on the ropes about reading Spencer and Ottley’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, take my advice and give it a shot. You’ll be more than surprised to find this book is in good hands. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 is sure-fire proof of that.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 by Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley, Cliff Rathburn, and Laura Martin
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 is an incredible continuation of Nick Spencer's run. His solid storytelling is matched perfectly by the fantastic work from the artistic team. It's really hard for me to find anything negative to say about this book.
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