Spider-Man VS. Chasm!!
After the battle with Venom last issue, it’s time for the main event… That’s right, it’s Peter Parker vs. Ben Reilly, no-holds-barred in the craziest battle you’ve ever seen! Chasm secures his place in Spidey’s rogues’ gallery…as the one who finally vanquishes Peter Parker?!
But Why Tho?Amazing Spider-Man #16 is a deeply personal book within a larger context. As Limbo bleeds into Earth, this is essentially a grudge match. The issue is incredibly fast-paced and fun to read, with the fantastic fight scene featuring masterful artwork. But there is substance and power within the energy, with the story being transformed entirely by the end of the comic.
First Comics NewsThe Dark Web saga is in full swing as Spidey takes on Chasm and yes, this is one of the most action-packed issues to come out of this crossover. Zeb Wells and Ed McGuinness provide such swift and neck-breaking action that not only takes up a big bulk of the issue but gives the readers a true glimpse of the disdain that Ben Reilly has for Peter Parker that will affect their history for the worst. While I feel that Zeb Wells’ script is captivating, it’s the art by Ed McGuinness that really brings the heat as his visuals are jam-packed with such versatility and power to the point that it looks like he’s been a Spider-Man artist for decades. As long as Wells and McGuinness (I’m hoping he stays on for just a few more issues) continue bringing such pulse-pounding measures into stories like this one, the Dark Web tie-in issues of ASM will not look like filler material.
AIPTAmazing Spider-Man #16 offers up the big showdown between Chasm and Spider-Man while showing Ben Reilly has had some upgrades. It's in your face, comical, and fun from cover to cover.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Wells delivers a great, action packed story in this issue. I liked the banter between Peter and Ben and how his scattered memories are informing his decisions. The story has some entertaining moments throughout and I enjoyed the ending a lot. The Art: McGuiness delivers some beautifully detailed art on every page of the issue. The visuals are lively and visually engaging.
ComicBook.comThe Amazing Spider-Man #16 continues the Spidey event of the season with plenty of style and fun, as it builds upon decades of Marvel's best (and sometimes worst) stories to concoct something novel.
Comic WatchAmazing Spider-Man #16 is another strong entry in both the Dark Web crossover and ASM line-up, building off the momentum set in the last issue. The story is invigorated by McGuinnesss art and Rathburns inks, giving a more intense level of action that is elevated by Menyzs coloring. As the story moves from New York to Limbo, the issue does an excellent job of constructing a new visual language for both Chasms abilities and magic, while rooting it in a genuine motivation for these heinous acts. These elements make it hard to jump into the book now, but the upside is Dark Web is friendly enough to jump in blind and receive context across the various titles.
Spider Man CrawlspaceIt’s a good story within a cross over event followed by GREAT SOLID ARTWORK. I’m not an uber fan of McGuinness’s artwork, but I never complained about it. He facial features on people don’t give you an eye sore and he seemed to have toned down on his body work as well (people complained that his illustrations had a “steroid body frame”). It’s the unflattering taste of this Dark Web and the mystery box that brings the grade down. The main problem with any given writer that takes on this job to write ASM is the “editorial mandate” they are required to follow. Rumors have circulated that a lot of writers don’t want this gig because of editorial, and honestly, I can’t blame them for that. During Spencer’s run up to his ASM issue number 60, it looked like the “editorial mandate” was washed away, unfortunately it looks like it still roams the hallways of Marvel. I’m also not going to dig in far with the X-Men portion of this story, you can talk to Neil over on our discord for that.
Weird Science Marvel ComicsAmazing Spider-Man #16 continues the Dark Web event with great art and entertaining action. Still, the weirdly jokey tone is a tension killer, the characters don’t act like themselves, and the characters’ actions don’t make any sense. This event is barely out of the gate, and it’s already a bizarre misstep.