Amazing Spider-Man #33 Spoilers Inside!
Writer: Zeb Wells
Artist: Patrick Gleason
Colourist: Marcio Menyz
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Editor: Nick Lowe
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 6th, 2023
Recap – Previously on Spider-Man
Kraven has managed to remove Norman’s sins and has imbued them into a spear. Setting off to Oscorp to return Norman to his Green Goblin state, his plans get interrupted when Spider-Man jumps in the way and takes the hit for himself.
Every bad thing the Green Goblin has ever done has now become one with Spider-Man!
Hunt Or Be Hunted
I haven’t read Kraven’s Last Hunt, but I’ve heard from fans who have that Zeb Wells did a fantastic job honouring it in this issue.
Despite not having read the storyline, I was still able to enjoy this issue. Spider-Man has taken on the sins of the Green Goblin and his first priority is to take down Kraven, even though it’s not the same Kraven who wronged him years ago.
It’s interesting to see Spider-Man act this way without the Symbiote, even though he’s wearing a black suit in homage to the classic event.
The collaboration between Wells’ writing and Gleason’s art is impressive, creating a dark and grim atmosphere that perfectly captures Spider-Man’s pursuit of Kraven and makes it all the more terrifying.
Some individuals may not approve of Peter’s actions and may criticize him, as they have done with other matters in the past. However, by taking on Norman’s sins, we are able to witness a more authentic side of Peter – one that relinquishes responsibility.
It’s like seeing Peter before he became Spider-Man. Seeing Peter’s temper being exploited by the Symbiote is one thing, but witnessing it due to Norman’s sins and his morality makes everything feel more real.
It’s not just a spur-of-the-moment decision for Peter to seek revenge on Kraven for what he did to him in the past. This is something that has been on his mind for a while, but he knew it wasn’t the responsible thing to do.
Without any sense of responsibility, Spider-Man is now free to take action without any limitations holding him back. The narration in this issue is well-suited for both Peter and Kraven, with minimal dialogue, which heightens the tension and fear.
Patrick Gleason’s rendering of Spider-Man adds to the horror element of the story, which is a refreshing change of genre.
Amazing Spider-Man #33 stands out as the best issue yet. Wells takes Spider-Man from being a superhero comic to a pure horror story, asking the question of what happens when one has great power but no sense of responsibility.
This issue provides a clear answer to that question. Patrick Gleason’s artwork also adds to the overall excellence of the issue, portraying Spider-Man as both human and monstrous in the darkness.
If this is the best work of Wells in the run, then it is also Gleason’s finest piece of work.
Rating: 5 out of 5