Spider-Man: City At War #5 Review

Writer: Dennis Hopeless Hallum
Artist: Michele Bandini, Luca Maresca, David Curiel, and VC’s Travis Lanham
Release Date: July 17, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

For someone who has played the game, some moments of this run feels great to rehash while others not so much. Was not a fan of the side missions with MJ and Miles; what ya know we had two issues to highlight both of their side missions. So far this run is 2-2 for how I feel about the issues. Glad that I stopped playing the game up at the point during last issue. Let’s dig in and see what we have here…

We start the issue with meeting this game’s Sinister Six, and my only issue with how they are done throughout the issue is not enough. The Sinister Six by just saying the name sounds powerful. Powerful enough to be the main center point of the issue. But I will admit, from what we did see of them was pure beauty! We did see the battle finally end when we see who is in charge of this dangerous bunch, Otto Octavius! As it felt like a scene from the Spider-Man movie in 2002 in which the villain wrecks the hero and warns him to get out of his way.

Few weeks have gone by and things have gone out of hand both with F.E.A.S.T. running low on medicine and Mayor Osborn is making sure his hired guns are trigger happy even for the innocent. As we see MJ getting into some breaking and entering. Which if you are only reading this book, you must really think she sucks at her job if all the times she breaks in to a place she gets caught good amount of time. But ultimately, this scene was just to set up a spider finding its next victim. Wasn’t the best way to do it but at least it wasn’t forced. The game covers a lot so don’t really mind the time jumps, really helps out and not making anything too slow of a pace. Our next scene we see Spider-Man trying to save Osborn and retrieve the serum to cure who ever was infected with the virus, but was he too late?

Final Thoughts:

Only real downside to this issue was not enough Sinister Six. With one issue left, really hope we are in for some real nice fight scenes. With one downside, this issue did quite a bit for it’s upsides such as the time jumps worked well with the book, did a nice jump on setting things up for sequels, the art was good (not great that would brag but wasn’t awful, it did it’s job), and the dialogue thoroughly enjoy. I get it that it isn’t the books fault for making MJ like a Iris West but not as good so can’t fault the writer.


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