Writer: Tom Taylor
Art: Ken Lashley, Scott Hanna, Luca Maresca, Nolan Woodard, VC’s Travis Lanham, and Andrew Robinson
Release Date: August 14th, 2019
Last we left Spidey and Hobie (AKA The prowler), they were tackling a mystery villain who has secretly plagued the Marvel Universe since Cap was first throwing a vibranium disc. How do you defeat a geriatric meta human who deals in human misery? You bring an army of the only people capable of dealing in MORE misery than Helminth… an army of lawyers! Read on to find out more…
Spidey needs a favour from Tony Stark – not a suited up metal armour favour, but something more vague. It’s not money per se, especially since Peter isn’t great with money… and happens to share his apartment with 2 other guys! Never mind that, Where’s Hobie? Peter specifically asked him to look after Marnie last issue, and to definitely NOT go after Helminth alone. What’s a prowler to do when your new geriatric friend naps on the couch? Go after the parasitic super villain that nearly crippled her! As great as he is at prowling, he sure isn’t great at doing things with a lot of common sense. Hobie makes it to the offices of Fairgray pay, and is shortly rescued by Spidey and Marnie – who decide to go rough and tumble, and after smacking Helminth with a concrete pole, leave Spidey behind, who overcomes Helminth’s despair stare with the power of (and i’m not kidding in the slightest): Cheerful optimism.
After putting the spider smack down on Helminth, The cavalry arrives! Not the Avengers, not the Invaders, not The Guardians Of The Galaxy, but the only team capable of staring the embodiment of despair in the face and laughing… the only people more cold, heartless and metaphorical blood sucking than Helminth… an army of Lawyers! Turns out Tony Stark bought the place and brought his parasitic villains… er, I mean lawyers… in to backup Spidey and kick the Fairgray Pay staff to the curb. Changes are afoot, and it starts with Hobie, who upgrades his dental plan signing on the dotted line, working for Tony now.
This has been my favourite Spidey book in the Marvel lineup hands down – Tom Taylor continues to write a very human Spider-man, and Incorporates Iron Man/Tony Stark in a very organic way. This issue resolves the Fairgray pay arc, but it ends with a bit of a whimper rather than a bang. Still, everything is wrapped up nicely and it opens up nicely for the next arc.