AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #15 brings the “Eight Years Later” arc to a close. The issue is narrated by Annie Parker, featuring her most interesting and meaningful character development yet. There are also a ton of strong Spider-Family moments thrown in to boot.

The team of Jody Houser, Nick Roche, and Ruth Redmond continue their impressive run on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS. This issue tells a peculiar tale, one that easily fits into the world of Spider-Man. It’s well-thought out and ultimately delivers a great, character-driven story.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #15: All About Annie

Annie Parker is easily one of the best parts of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS. She’s adventurous, smart, and knows how to kick ass when it counts. But so far, she’s had a fairly basic, cut-and-dry understanding of how things work when it comes to super heroics. In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #15, all of that changes.

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Part of the powerful, character-driven story of this issue comes from Annie learning more of what it really means to be a hero. In this issue, her parents finally start taking her seriously as a hero. They stop babying her and start treating her more like a grown-up. Part of this comes in the form of Peter laying out a whole bunch of heroic exposition about power and responsibility.

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Page #11 of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #15. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Early on, Annie is very aggressive towards the Lizard. In the previous issue, the Lizard came to the Spider-Family begging for help. Annie is largely against this idea, while her parents see the need to investigate. Through the previously mentioned conversation with her father, and after being saved by the Lizard in a fight, Annie comes to realize that things aren’t as straightforward as she thought.

This, of course, leads to Annie gaining some much-needed insight about being a hero. And Annie’s realizations don’t come off as cliché or weighty. They’re appropriate for the series and feel natural, especially for her character. If you’re looking for an Annie Parker issue, look no further than AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #15.

The Spider-Family is Really Coming Together

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #15 also shows readers just how great the Spider-Family is. The series was already doing a fantastic job of doing this, but this particular issue raises the bar. It’s a side effect of Peter and MJ treating Annie more like an adult. Peter and MJ will still be parents now and then, but with the three of them acting more on the same level, it makes the family feel more connected.

For example, when Annie takes a hit during the big fight towards the end, MJ and Peter rush over to check on her, as you’d expect. Their reaction makes sense, but when Annie shows she’s doing just fine, they don’t overreact. They understand Annie is fine, and the action continues on. Not only is Annie further developing as her own character, but so too is the Spider-Family as a whole.

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Page #17 of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #15. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

I only hope that for these big steps forward, Houser doesn’t wind up taking a few steps back. There can definitely be conflict within the family, and Peter and MJ can have their slight outbursts of overprotectiveness. The ways they respond to Annie need to remain appropriate, however. If Annie acts out in school, for example, then the parental reactions should be more mature. Given Houser’s impressive work on the series thus far, though, I’m not too worried about all this. She’s shown she has a strong understanding of these characters.

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Some of the Finest Art the Series Has Seen

Honestly, this is just an issue of “bests”. It’s a great Annie Parker issue, it’s a great Spider-Family issue, and it is most definitely a great artistic team issue. This is some of Nick Roche and Ruth Redmond’s best work yet. It’s highly expressive, appropriately colorful, and captures the action perfectly.

The way Roche draws the Lizard is very unique. It’s a fine mix of reptilian and human physique. And there’s something about the way Roche draws Spidey that’s extremely satisfying. The Spider-Family, in general, always looks good when Roche is behind the pencil.

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Page #10 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #15. Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The last page of this issue delivers quite the twist. Without giving anything away, I’ll just say that the villain is far more recognizable than you may think. Roche’s design for this villain is awesome.

It really feels like Roche and Redmond had a lot of fun drawing and coloring this issue. I certainly enjoyed the pages of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #15.

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #15 is a perfect example of a great Spider-Man story. It features an odd yet appropriate conflict, humorous dialogue, meaningful character interactions, and a healthy dose of high-flying action. It’s clear that Houser, Roche, and Redmond know how to work together, because this issue succeeds on pretty much every level.

With the Parker Family Fun Day coming to a close, it’s time to look forward to Annie’s days back in high school. It’ll be great to see how Annie’s character continues to mature. It’ll be even more interesting to see how the Spider-Family relationship evolves.

Until then, get your hands on a copy of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #15. You’ll definitely be in for a treat.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #15 by Jody Houser, Nick Roche, and Ruth Redmond
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This is probably one of the best issues of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS. The story helps to move the Spider-Family forward, and the art is some of the best from the artistic team.
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