Kraven’s trap is sprung, and Spider-Man is sent into a hallucinatory spiral that will test his sanity like never before. For Spider-Man to get through this, he’s going to have to do the impossible. That’s Spidey’s M.O., but is Ben Reilly up to it?
Fortress of Solitude
The Comicbook DispatchAmazing Spider-Man #80 delivers a fun and surreal Spider-Man story as Ben Reilly faces Kraven The Hunter. The story is well-written as Ben struggles to fight Kraven on two fronts while trying to keep a foot in reality. The art team does an amazing job with the art and colors, especially the surreal visual designs for Kraven and the imagery in Ben's mind. It's a fun conclusion to this two part Kraven story with Ben.
AIPTCody Ziglar and Michael Dowling crush their two-part story by further developing the interesting character dynamics at work. Amazing Spider-Man #80 also offers up some trippy art and a battle that shows Ben is worthy particularly when he's not drugged. The Beyond era of Spider-Man is grand thanks to a good mix of character drama, dynamic action, and a hero who suffers from imposter syndrome.
Comic WatchA very good book overall, my only problem is that if you didn't read the previous issue, this might be a little confusing. If you're a regular Spider-Man reader then you're definitely going to enjoy this one!
ComicBook.comThe Amazing Spider-Man #80 may be more of a Kraven detour than a Kraven tale, but it captures the Hunter's antagonistic charms in brilliant style. This brilliant Arthur Adams cover promises exactly what is delivered with Ben Reilly hallucinating an increasingly dangerous encounter with a classic nemesis. Drops of himself fly through the air as individuals are shaped and reshaped by Kraven's drugs. The related effects never grow dull as artist Michael Dowling and letterer Joe Caramagna each deliver a diverse visual vocabulary to simulate Ben's state of mind. By the issue's end the focus returns to Beyond and simmering subplots, all of which bring Bronze Age charm with them, but this issue sells itself on a creative reconstruction of the classic Spider-Man vs. Kraven the Hunter mechanics with abundant flair.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Zigler crafts an entertaining story that explores Ben’s identity and his connection to Peter’s legacy. The Kraven interactions were interesting and the Beyond Corporation intrigue continues to keep me interested. I enjoyed the end of the issue immensely and what it could mean for Peter going forward. The Art: Dowling does some great work with the art in the issue. The trippy visuals and changes in style work really well with the tone of the story.