- Writer: Dan Slott
- Artist: Matteo Buffagni
- Colourist: Marte Gracia
- Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
- Cover Artist: Alex Ross
- Publisher: Marvel Comics
- Release Date: 3rd January 2016
It looks like the old Parker luck may be about to strike again as the many balls he’s been juggling seem to be slowly beginning to fall. While he’s off trying to deal with the continuing problem that is Mr Negative, and the inverted versions of Cloak and Dagger his company seems to be taking a beating. He can’t seem to find the right balance between his job as CEO and his other job as a super hero, he even makes attempts to delegate to others in this issue but nothing seems to be working quite as well as he hopes at the moment.
At some point Slott will leave the title and it will be a sad day. While it will be great to see what another writer has in store the many different plot points Slott has going on rarely ever disappoint. The Inversion of Cloak and Dagger is an interesting dilemma and is met in traditional Spider-Man style, with him still cracking wise yet still trying to get through to his friends. Who sadly seem to be too deep under the power of negative to do anything but hate him and try to kill him. Which definitely makes for a good plot but is also a big reflection of the Parker luck beginning to come back to bite Pete in the butt. Spider-Man doesn’t just have to worry about his inverted friends, Slott brings in issues with Harry Osbourne not taking his responsibilities at the company seriously. Although he does get points for at least trying to make more of an effort with his family, his somewhat crazy son Normie continues to be an issue under the pen of Slott. He’s still a very evil child, who is definitely resenting his brother and father more than a little. In fact there really isn’t anything to complain about in the writing of this particular issue. It remains dynamic throughout with literally never a dull moment this time round.
The artist for this arc is one of those whose art is almost flawless yet there are a few niggling issues that affect the quality of the issue. The good is that when suited up the heroes and villains of this issue look fantastic, as Spider-Man looks both aerodynamic and yet more fearsome than usual, you can really tell he means business. Cloak and Dagger also look far more sinister than usual but whilst this can be credited to the line work of Buffagni who does make them very serious, it’s more due to the fact that the colourist manages to make them stand out more with the inverted colour scheme popping brilliantly. The problems of the art come in the quieter moments of the issue, as good as Buffagni is for the heroes he’s quite bad when it comes to normal moments in the characters lives. Peter ends up looking about 40 under his influence, which aside from being bizzare and jarring is just plain incorrect. His other characters aren’t exempt from this they all look either slightly demonic or really old, such as the moment Dr Wu, Peter and Ms Tang looking practically decrepit.
This arc moves forward at a break neck pace and hopefully manages to keep this momentum for long as it goes. Slott’s style means that there will undoubtedly be some loose ends from this arc, but the introduction of Regent in this issue suggests it won’t be long before Spider-Man figures out a way to defeat this villain of the month.
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