Writer: Nick Spencer

Artist: Federico Vicentini & Federico Sabbatini

Colorist: Alex Sinclair

what’s it about?

The Sinister War continues with The Amazing Spider-Man #71 as Mysterio takes Mary Jane away to an old hideout and Peter tangles with the Sinister Six. Mysterio’s past and redemption, as well as Kindred’s scheming, take center stage in this issue.

The Good

Admittedly, I’m behind in my SpiderMan storylines. This issue does an excellent job recapping decades of Spidey mythology while maintaining a welcoming style for those who, like myself, are just hopping on for the Sinister War storyline. TASM #71 gives us a good amount of background into Mysterio and his quest to be redeemed. Nick Spencer does an amazing job of presenting the conflicted nature of Quentin Beck. This issue does a lot to make sense of a multitude of storylines that initially drove me away from reading Spiderstories in the first place. I’m anxious to see where this arc goes.

The Good

Admittedly, I’m behind in my SpiderMan storylines. This issue does an excellent job recapping decades of Spidey mythology while maintaining a welcoming style for those who, like myself, are just hopping on for the Sinister War storyline. TASM #71 gives us a good amount of background into Mysterio and his quest to be redeemed. Nick Spencer does an amazing job of presenting the conflicted nature of Quentin Beck. This issue does a lot to make sense of a multitude of storylines that initially drove me away from reading Spiderstories in the first place. I’m anxious to see where this arc goes.

The Bad

As I mentioned, I’m behind in my Spider-Man stories. I tuned out when Aunt May died. I was hoping to pop back on with this title and was overwhelmed by the amount of baggage I had to unpack to enjoy this issue. It doesn’t have much Spider-Man and only a few panels of the actual Sinister War into which it’s directly tied. Having multiple artists on a book is nothing new but it’s usually not insanely noticeable like it is here. Spencer carries the heavy burden of retconning past events rather than moving the story forward. I definitely need to brush up on my Spider-Man mythology, but I think I’ll stick to the main Sinister War books until this event is over.

SCORE: 7.0

About the Author: Tom Tormey

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