AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #4

Review by: HandsomeRansom

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Story by Zeb Wells
Art by Greg Land & Jay Leisten
Colors by Wil Quintana
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Cover by Greg Land, Justin Ponsor, Dale Keown, & Peter Steigerwald

Size: 0 pages
Price: 3.99

Having thus far enjoyed Avenging Spider-man, I didn’t hesitate to pick this up. Spider-man is, after all, my favorite superhero. But I’ve never much liked Hawkeye. Sure, he was good in the Avengers cartoon, but I’d never really liked any other characterization of him. Zeb Wells changed that entirely.

Avenging Spider-man #4 focuses on the somewhat rocky relationship between Hawkeye and Spider-man, and let me tell you, the banter is fantastic. I actually found myself laughing out loud at some points. As funny as it was, though, moments of poignance still manifest themselves through Hawkeye, and that’s what I really liked about this issue; its ability to balance action, humor, and characterization, all with excellent pacing.

Now, I’ve seen some people knock Greg Land’s art pretty hard here on this site, and others. Personally, I don’t have a problem with it. I think it suits the tone of the story well, and Land is an excellent visual storyteller. There was no confusion as to what was going on at any point in the story. I do miss the fun, bouncy style of Joe Madureira, but from what I’ve seen, this series is going to have a revolving door as far as artists, so I guess we’ll all just have to roll with the punches.

All in all, this was a fantastic issue, and I honestly can’t wait to see more from this series.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 4 - Very Good

Comments

  1. An entertaining, engaging story, good art and storytelling (I, too, cannot understand the derisive attitudes toward Land’s work), and all of it taking place in a single, fullfilling issue = my pick of the week.

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