friendly neighborhood spider-man #6

Honestly, I thought FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #6 was going to be trash. Why? Well, quite frankly, I am not a fan of any spider-powered character that isn’t Peter Parker. To me, Peter Parker is the one and only Spider-Man. As a result, when I saw “Spider-Bite” on the cover of this issue, I panicked. Actually, I shrugged.

“Another lifeless husk with spider-powers,” I thought. But Tom Taylor proved me wrong. To my surprise, Spider-Bite and his relationship with Spider-Man are the best parts of this issue. FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #6 is a powerful, yet familiar story. The best way to describe it is: “a new take on an old classic.”

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FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #6 jumps straight into the action. Spider-Bite arrives in the nick of time as Doctor Octopus and the Vulture trap Spider-Man under a large pile of debris. Apparently, the two villains are in cahoots.

The villains battle the nine-and-a-half-year-old Spider-Bite over the possession of “the box.” No one is quite sure what the box holds, but it seems important. Ultimately, the villains get away, and the dynamic Spider-duo chase them.

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Upon arriving at Grand Central Station, the Sinister Six appear and take Spider-Man and Spider-Bite by surprise. To make matters worse, the Green Goblin reveals that this is no mere Sinister Six. In fact, it’s the Sinister Sixty! But even 70 villains couldn’t stop Spider-Man and Spider-Bite. Once the adventure is over, it’s revealed that the journey was never real.

Spider-Man was only playing pretend with a kid named Nathan. Sadly, Nathan is terminally ill. When Nathan’s parents tell Spider-Man this might be Nathan’s last day on Earth, Spider-Man gets an idea. FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #6 ends sweetly with Spider-Man and Nathan swinging through New York.

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A Truly Amazing Read…

Like the previous issue, FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #6 re-visits a conventional Spider-Man story trope. Particularly, FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #6 draws most of its inspiration from Roger Stern’s impeccable AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #248. Both storylines revolve around Spider-Man paying a terminally ill kid a visit before his untimely death.

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Based solely on the premise, I wouldn’t give Tom Taylor too many points for originality. But Tom executes the story in such a creative, and quirky way that it makes up for that. The opening pages set-up an air of mystery, causing me to wonder, “is this real, or not?”

Additionally, Taylor manages to instill Nathan (Spider-Bite) with a lot of personality. The ongoing banter between Spider-Man and Nathan was very amusing throughout the issue. For example, I found myself chuckling at comedic moments like Nathan thinking Stilt-Man is awesome because he’s tall.

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However, I was probably the most impressed by Taylor’s ability to switch between comedic and serious tones. He blends the two effortlessly. Consequently, I got pretty emotional when the box opened and revealed a Spider-Man action figure. Also, the final page of the issue is glorious.


The final page of FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #6 would not hit so hard if not for the talents of Juann Cabal, Nolan Woodard, Federico Blee, and Travis Lanham. For the most part, their artwork looks great throughout the issue. During the enormous battle with the Sinister Sixty, panels get a little too small for my liking. But I don’t know how else such a large-scale action sequence could be portrayed in two pages.

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Furthermore, I appreciated the amount of small details scattered throughout the issue. One example is a little “After Ditko” beside Spider-Man and Spider-Bite that appears during an homage to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #33. A better example is the use of cardboard in the environment during the final pages of Nathan’s and Spider-Man’s play pretend adventure. Details like that truly enhance the overall storytelling.

In Conclusion…

FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #6 restores my faith in the series after an underwhelming fifth issue. Though it tells a familiar story, it tells it in an unfamiliar way, with accurate characterizations, cute comedy, and beautiful art. I definitely recommend that any Spider-Man fan check out FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #6.

Though it tells a familiar story, FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #6 tells it in an unfamiliar way, with accurate characterizations, cute comedy, and beautiful art.
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