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Amazing Spider-Man #595

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Amazing Spider-Man #595

Credits

  • Words: Joe Kelly
  • Art: Phil Jimenez
  • Inks: Andy Lanning
  • Colors: Chris Chuckry
  • Story Title: American Son - Part 1
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: May 26, 2009

Peter Parker can’t lose…or can he?

"American Son: Part 1" leaves the reader wanting, but in a totally good way.  In this episode, our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man learns how to pick up girls, attends an awkward party, and lays a mighty beat down on an old friend.

With Norman Osborn in cahoots with the Dark Avengers, Peter Parker and Harry Osborn rarely have a day when they aren’t reminded about the hell the Green Goblin has put them through.  And while Parker is adjusting to the reality that he will soon be Jonah Jameson’s brother-in-law, his alter ego stands conflicted on whether the Green Goblin needs to be permanently laid to rest.  A brief discussion with Weapon X while in the looming presence of the Avengers' skyscraper puts things into perspective… if only for a moment. 

Later, an impromptu appearance by Norman Osborn at Aunt May’s dinner party pushes Parker’s last nerve.  Spider-Man seeks out Osborn the next day and uncharacteristically beats the pulp out of him.  What started out as an attempt to protect Harry from his psychotic father becomes bewilderment as Spider-Man tries to understand why Harry is making phone calls to old Norm.  But things are not always what they seem...

Joe Kelly writes a clean script and a great beginning to what will undoubtedly be an amazing 600th issue of ASM.  Although many of the actions Spider-Man displays in "American Son" are rather inconsistent with the teenage hero we all know and love, these actions set the stage for an action-packed finale.  Long-time readers of ASM may have difficulty accepting the loose-cannon antics of Parker, but concerns should subside in the following issues. 

Kelly gives ASM a new breath of life with Spider-Man’s new attitude toward life, and his internal struggle with killing in the name of justice.  The live-or-die debate is usually afforded to our less-compromising superheroes, which is why Parker’s own questions are so compelling in this story.  Readers can expect more of the morality question in future issues, which only builds suspense for the decision that will ultimately be made.

Phil Jimenez pencils ASM with unique style.  Character faces are drawn with full expressions, wrinkled brows, and cracked smiles.  Jimenez pays attention to subtle details (Harry and Peter’s feet in a single frame during a discussion at the park, Aunt May’s reflection in a wine glass during a party) which connect the reader to a different component to the story and allow the reader to relate to the story on a personal level.  Signed on to pencil the five-series arc, fans of ASM can expect an exciting film-style story told through the visuals of Jimenez.

"American Son" has introduced the reader to an exciting prospect in the mini-arc to come, culminating in the impressive 600th issue next month.  Amazing Spider Man #595 offers new readers a chance to come aboard in the twilight of a major milestone.  Recommended for one and all.

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