While I’m partial to cities like Metropolis, Gotham City, and Opal City in my comics, there’s certainly something to be said for having a comic book take place in an actual city. You can tease emotion out of readers in way that would be tougher to do in a city that only existed on paper. Such emotion was accomplished in The Amazing Spider-Man #673.
This issue is the calm after the storm that was Spider-Island. With Spider-Man’s help, New York City was able to overcome a virus unleashed by the Spider-Queen. After nearly all of its citizens turned into giant spiders, New York needed all of the help it could get and Spider-Man came to the city’s aid. When calm, and an antidote, descended onto the city, Mary Jane took Peter to the top of a skyscraper to show him that the lights of the Empire State Building, that icon of New York, had been changed to blue and red in Spider-Man’s honor. It was a touching moment that used the reader’s history with a real building to covey the relationship between a city and its hero. And it worked. Dan Slott, Stefano Caselli, and colorist Frank Martin nailed it.
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