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‘Amazing Spider-Man #53’ (review)

Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Mark Bagley
Published by Marvel Comics
Buy it Digitally from comiXology


Part four of the “Last Remains” storyline spends 22 pages telling Peter Parker what the readers have known for a few issues now – Kindred is actually Harry Osborn.

The story doesn’t move much other than that reveal, and this absence of substance got me thinking about the “Last Remains” theme: Sins.

Specifically, the sins of Norman Osborn – the Green Goblin. Kindred brings the Sin-Eater back to life to cleanse criminals of their sins, including the impressive list of infractions on Norman’s ledger.

To name a few: He has tortured Peter repeatedly, subjected Harry to a lifetime of cruelty, made Peter think his parents were alive, had a genetically-altered actress pretend to be Aunt May (and then die), he killed Ben Reilly (well, is that really a sin?), buried the real Aunt May alive, kidnapped Peter’s baby, killed Gwen Stacy, and even killed the family dog when he was a kid!

With that in mind I understand why Peter’s Spider-Friends carved a swath of violence and terror through the city when they were imbued with Norman’s sins in the previous issues.

Kindred then threatened to make these Spiders tear each other apart prompting Peter to beg for their lives – offering his in exchange. Kindred gladly accepted, freed the Spider-Friends from their trance, and killed Spider-Man.

Now Kindred is toying with Spidey in an alternate universe or dream state or something that will almost certainly require Doctor Strange to intervene in the next issue.

Like this godforsaken year, this storyline is nearing an end. Here’s hoping 2020 and Spidey turn things around in the nick of time.

Stray thoughts:

  • We see Aunt May making her famous wheatcakes in this issue. Did you know “Binging with Babish” has an entry on Spider-Man recipes?
  • Why does the doorman in the flashback/dream sequence have a red T-800 eye?
  • Really, why do the Osborns have the weirdest hair in the Marvel (or any other) universe? Is it that hard to draw red hair in a comic book? Mary Jane’s a redhead and her hair doesn’t look like a football helmet from the 1950s.


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