Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Carlos Gomez
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 15, 2021
Amazing Spider-Man #81 is Saladin Ahmed’s initial “Beyond Board” story. I don’t want to throw too much shade, but I was not too fond of the last three issues by Cody Ziglar, so I am glad Ahmed has shown up because that also means Mile Morales is in the house! The whole “serving papers” thing doesn’t have me pumped, but seeing Miles interact with Ben does. So is Spider-Man #81 any good? Let’s find out!
The issue opens with Marcus giving Ben information on a new villain besides the awful green drink Marcus is making him drink. Seriously, I’d even take the “purple stuff” over this any day! The villain, Rhizome, isn’t that interesting, to be honest, but if you are reading Miles’ solo book, a little ding sound probably went off in your head the minute you saw it.
Right on cue with that ding, Marcus mentions to Ben that if he runs into Miles (Brooklyn – Bing Bong!), he should mention the intellectual property stuff, and you damn well know that Ben isn’t doing that!
When Ben does get to Bed-Stuy, the battle is over, and the cleanup has already begun. Miles shows up even later, and the two Spider-Men fight a bit before they realize they are on the same team. While this is essential information, especially for Miles, it’s not that exciting.
Things pick up a bit when the two heroes go off to fight Rhizome and Ahmed and artist, Carlos Gomez, do a good job showing the two quickly becoming a decent team. That is until they find out that Rhizome is made of people, rip some tech off the guy, and part ways. Saladin Ahmed is setting up this week’s issue of Miles Morales: Spider-Man while also making the Beyond Corporation look like assholes and worse. For some reason, I still like Maxine Danger (please don’t tell me it’s pronounced “Donger”), but there is no doubt she is bad to the bone. Maybe that’s the reason I like her? The heart wants what the heart desires, I guess!
We will be talking more in-depth about Wastelanders: Wolverine #1 on this week’s Marvel Podcast, which comes out every Thursday Night. You can search “Weird Science Marvel Comics” on any podcast player to find us!
Amazing Spider-Man #81 kicks off Saladin Ahmed’s Beyond story, and it was solid but didn’t feel as big as I’d hoped. Carlos Gomez’s art was good, but this did more to set up this week’s Miles solo book than anything else. Still, I liked seeing Miles meet Ben, I just thought I would love it.