Boomerang has anything but a clean record. He’s consistently been found backstabbing just about everyone he knows. Whether it’s his teammates, possible romantic partners, or roommates, Fred Myers is a worthy contender for the crown of the backstabbing king. But, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 humanizes him in a very endearing way that I never would’ve expected.

If you’ve read Nick Spencer’s SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN, you’ll know he sort of loves writing the villain Boomerang. I couldn’t tell you why, he just does. That attraction continues in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 in the best of ways, as Spencer works to redeem the character of his dirty past. Hopefully.

Joining Spencer once again for the adventures of Peter Parker and Boomerang is artist Humberto Ramos. Ramos’s return to Spidey in the previous issue was a little sporadic, but his work on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 is far more consistent. There are some truly dynamic pages here, and the colors from Edgar Delgado vividly bring every scene to life.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 Features Many Turning Wheels

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 picks up right where #6 left off, with Pete and Fred disastrously in deep shit. The duo has quickly gone from having some good fun to finding themselves in a life or death scenario. Previously, Wilson Fisk put a bounty on Boomerang’s head, and every villain in the Bar with No Name wants to collect.

And, all the while, Fisk is still trying to look like a good mayor. Seriously, how does anyone buy this guy’s crap?

Amidst the turmoil, Pete and Fred somehow overcome the odds mounted against them. Without giving up his secret identity, Peter is able to handle many of the villains in the bar, thanks to a stun gun he’s able to pick up. Boomerang shows us he’s actually way more capable than we’ve previously seen.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 page 2. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Just as the two seem to have a handle on things, they’re overwhelmed. The Scorcher nearly hits Peter with a blast, but, surprisingly, Boomerang throws himself in front of the shot. Looking just as surprised as I was, Pete tries to sweet talk and coerce his way out of the bar. It doesn’t work, but it gives Fred enough time to set off a bomberang.

Afterwards, the two have what was hopefully a genuine heart-to-heart chat. You can never really tell with Boomerang, so I’m hoping it was truthful. It seems Fred’s just sort of lonely nowadays, and he’s trying to find companionship any way he can. Pete opens up to him, and the two seem to find common ground. It’s essentially the beginning of a sort of friendship between the two. Not sure how long it’ll last, but I’m hopeful.

The Bandage Guy is Back

With his plan to take out Boomerang having failed, Wilson Fisk starts to work out new ways to deal with him. But, before things can come to fruition, the confoundedly mysterious new bandaged villain appears before the mayor.

And, in another surprising turn of events, this bug-themed, bandaged bad guy actually makes Wilson Fisk bend the knee. And any man who can do that is a man to be feared, for sure.

I’ve got ideas as to who this new guy is, but I really can’t be sure. Part of me wants to say Alistair Smythe, or the Jackal, but there’s absolutely no solid evidence to say whether or not my hunches are correct. Sadly, we just have to wait and see.

Spidey and Boomerang: A Duo in the Making?

So, yeah, there’s a lot going on in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7. It’s a lot to juggle, but Nick Spencer deftly handles it all. And, as much as I enjoyed all the content featuring the shadowy, creepy new villain, I found I enjoyed the material between Pete and Boomerang way more.

I never really understood Nick Spencer’s passion for writing Boomerang. He’s always seemed like such a passable villain; there are certainly better one’s in Spidey’s rogue’s gallery. I always thought more Rhino material was needed. Hell, I’d even like to see the Scorpion some more. But, Spencer has, for some reason, been drawn to Boomerang.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 page 5. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

I still don’t get it, but now, I find I can really admire his desire to flesh out this character. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 includes some of the most genuine Boomerang moments in any Spidey book. Even throughout the whole SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN series, you can never really be sure how genuine the character is. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 makes a convincing argument that Fred Myers is really trying to change his ways.

I just sorely hope Spencer’s not planning to pull a fast one and completely sidewind this arc. I want to see Boomerang redeem himself and grow to become a sensible guy, someone who doesn’t find gratification in betrayal or backstabbing.

Pete even seems to really open up to him. He still holds his rightful reservations, as I’m sure many of us will, but there seems to be a newfound trust between the two characters. I only hope it lasts.

Seriously, Nick Spencer, don’t break our hearts.

A Consistently Beautiful Issue

Humberto Ramos and Edgar Delgado continue their amazing work in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7. It’s always a treat to see these two go to town on a book, especially when it’s Spider-Man. Ramos’s free-flowing, explosive style feels right at home in Spidey books. That’s especially true for AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7. Delgado’s colors absolutely shine in this issue, as well.

The first page of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 gives you a great idea of what you’re in for. The initial fight between Pete and Fred and the villains is lush with action and bright, fitting colors. As with Spencer’s writing, there’s a lot to juggle on the artistic side of this issue. But, Ramos and Delgado clearly have no problem translating Spencer’s action into art.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 page 25. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

And, I must say, I’m really happy to see Peter Parker drawn by Ramos again. He’s got a very unique design to him. He looks more youthful than he probably is. In fact, most characters do. In some instances, that can be problematically misleading, but at the same time, it adds a youthful exuberance to Ramos’s pages. The energy brought by his art mostly outweighs the technical missteps, I think.

Ramos initially drew the new mystery villain back in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1, so it’s only fitting he continue to do so in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7. Even seeing this guy in full view gives very few clues as to who he is. Really, there’s no clues, other than he’s probably horribly disfigured under those bandages. Seriously, the mystique of this guy is killing me.

So, props to Ramos and Delgado on another job well done.

Higher Power(s)

As I mentioned earlier, the bug guy is apparently scary enough to bring Wilson Fisk to his knees. That’s not an easy thing to do. Whoever this guy is, he’s not someone to be trifled with. Hell, that should be apparent by the mess he makes of Fisk’s assistants.

But, this new guy isn’t the only mastermind in play. As we learned at the end of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5, Kraven the Hunter is back on the prowl. What’s he up to? AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 featured no mention of him, nor of Taskmaster or Black Ant, who are apparently under his employ. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Otherwise, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 is a beautiful continuation of Nick Spencer’s run with the character. His love for Boomerang feels wholesome and justified here. And, it’s all backed up by Ramos’ beautiful pages, to boot.

Be sure to pick up a copy of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7, and brace yourself for whatever comes next. I guarantee it won’t be pretty.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 by Nick Spencer, Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba, and Edgar Delgado
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 isn't just a great Spidey issue, it's a great Boomerang issue. The interactions between Pete and Fred are key, and the build-up surrounding this new villain are to die for!
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