Written by: Zeb Wells
Art by: John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna
Colors by: Marcio Menyz
Letters by: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover art by: John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, Marcio Menyz
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: October 12, 2022
Amazing Spider-Man #11 finds Peter Parker adjusting to civilian life in work and romance when an old enemy resurfaces to throw Osborn’s recovery for a loop.
Is It Good?
Amazing Spider-Man #11 is fine. The writing is serviceable. The art is good. And the overall result is a very standard, serviceable Spider-Man comic.
The plot centers around Peter learning from Ned Leeds that Osborn has secretly talked with Roderick Kingsley (the original Hobgoblin). When Peter confronts Osborn about the secret meeting, Osborn comes clean and explains he intends to make good on past wrongs against Kingsley.
Between the suspicious character dealings, Peter decides to ask Felicia Hardy out in an attempt to move on with his life.
As far as big re-introductions for long-absent villains, Hobgoblin is welcome, but his appearance lacked the gut punch Wells successfully pulled off with his work on Tombstone and Vulture. There are a few moments of limb-severing action during the big appearance, but Hobgoblin’s attack happens so quickly, it doesn’t mean much to the story.
“Wait a minute,” you ponder. “Peter asked Felicia out? What about MJ and all the open questions from issue #1?”
Nary a hint is found in this issue to reveal or resolve the big moments from issue #1. Ten issues later, and not a single hint is dropped about those events, what caused them, or why Peter was involved. It’s unbelievable to think Wells could drop a mystery that big, wait this long, and pay the mystery off. If I’m wrong and Wells pulls off a miracle, you’ll hear it here first. For now, it looks like Wells dropped a few big bangs to get people talking but may not have a plan to back it up. Time will tell.
Romita Jr.’s art is the best we’ve seen in the series. The character proportions are sensible, Romita Jr.’s trademark excessive hatching is in check, and the panel compositions are excellent.
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Amazing Spider-Man #11 is a serviceable, vanilla, sedate Spider-Man adventure where the Hobgoblin shows up to create problems just when Peter’s life is turning around. The art is very good, but the story lacks wow moments or resolution for the long-standing issue #1 mysteries.