Amazing Spider-Man #55

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski, Fiona Avery Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: Marvel Comics Critic Reviews: 2 User Reviews: 3
8.0Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Peter discovers a down-on-her-luck student and decides to help the girl out, until he realizes Spider-Man is the reason her family is in such distress!

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Jul 19, 2003

    John Romita Jr. who has outdone himself for scenes spotlighting Spidey cutting loose against Morlun or Shathra accomplishes equally well the quieter scenes where a little girl gets a helping hand by her friendly neighborhood teacher and in the panels depicting the closeness between M.J. and Peter. He shows in body language how the single mom is attracted to Peter and has lots of fun as Spidey plays with the seriously stupid and outgunned group of local hoods. This issue of Amazing Spider-Man isn't laden with special effects or fight choreography, nevertheless, it is an outstanding issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Jul 23, 2003

    I don't want to dismiss this issue as an after-school special, as the writing exercises far more subtlety that we ever saw in those specials. For one the fact that the little girl has a busted leg looks to be completely unrelated to her problem, and Peter's attempts to help this young student feel quite genuine, and as such the story avoids the ever dreaded preaching to the audience feel. However, I have to say that I found the idea the this book was trying to explore simply wasn't handled all that well, as making the jailed sibling a carjacker points to a violent crime, which is exactly the type of crime that Spider-Man would never turn a blind eye to, and as such attempting to make Peter question whether he should of taken action after seeing the impact it made on the young man's family felt a bit awkward, especially since the family looked to be doing okay in spite of the young man's arrest. The moral of this story is also lost in the incredibly longwinded speech that is offered up Read Full Review

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