Written by: Zeb Wells
Art by: John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna
Color 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: November 9, 2022
Amazing Spider-Man #13 give Spidey double trouble when Roderick Kingsley/Hobgoblin and Ned Leeds/Hobgoblin team up to bring Spidey down. But who is in control of whom?
Is It Good?
Amazing Spider-Man #13 is fine.
Speculator alert: This issue marks the debut of Norman Osborn as the Golden Goblin.
Wells’s story picks up mid-cliffhanger when Pete gets pasted by a pack of Hobgoblin pugilists. Norman sees the attack from his computer connection to Pete’s suit, and he swoops in to save the day in his shiny new duds. Ned gets knocked out, but Roderick gets away. Later, Roderick steals the Winkler device and returns it to the villain controlling him, the Queen Goblin. GASP.
The sequence of the events works well enough, the action from the art team is exciting, and Wells builds in enough intrigue with well-placed questions, such as…
Who sent the laptop to Norman while he was in the hospital? What does Queen Goblin want? What will happen to Ned now that the proof of his brainwashing is gone?
In terms of excitement and entertainment factor, this issue, like the previous few, feels generic. The Hobgoblins are introduced and dealt with quickly; their presence has title weight beyond the villain fight of the month. Neds returning to the Hobgoblin mantle should be a big deal, but it’s not given enough time for the drama to take root before Wells moves on to the next thing.
In case you’re wondering, none of the big events referenced in issue #1 are addressed.
About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.
Amazing Spider-Man #13 is a quick, serviceable, standard Spider-Man battle that deals with the present threat and plants seeds for a more significant challenge on the horizon. This issue is better than forgettable, but it feels like Wells is simply going through the motions.