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Review – The Amazing Mary Jane #4 (Marvel Comics)

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The Amazing Mary Jane #4

Writer: Leah Williams
Penciler: Carlos Gomez
Colorist: Carlos Lopez
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: January 8th, 2020

Mary Jane and Mysterio race to complete their film before time and money run out. The Sinister Six are back but so are the studios, and it makes their project a bit harder to realize.

The Show Must Go on in The Amazing Mary Jane #4

The Amazing Mary Jane broke some interesting new ground with its recent launch. It is not uncommon for a supporting character to get upgraded to a monthly title, but often there is an easier hook. Most characters that get this treatment already have a compelling enough back story. For instance, the current Lois Lane series has an easy setup, as the character is an investigative journalist and, therefore, guaranteed to get into interesting dilemmas. Mary Jane Watson, on the other hand, is an actress and, therefore, not likely to see as much action. Regardless, this title managed a story that was gripping and light enough to do the character justice. It followed Mary Jane and Mysterio as they attempt to film a movie together, and only involved Spider-Man as an aside. There were enough interesting developments, but it was unclear where it was all going. The Amazing Mary Jane #4 continues this story.

Story

The Amazing Mary Jane #4 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Humberto Ramos
The Amazing Mary Jane #4 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Humberto Ramos

The Amazing Mary Jane #4‘s writer is Leah Williams. Once again, the story is light or serious where and when it needs to be. That said, it does feel as though this first story arc is stagnating, here. It has been a fun and compelling story thus far, but it leaves the reader wondering how far this can go. The story arc feels here like it should have been completed already. Save for one memorable development, there is not really anything new here, or at least anything that could have been compressed. It is nice to see the creative team breaking new ground with this series. However, at this point, it would be nice to see what else they have in mind for this series. 

Art

Carlos Gomez handled the pencils here and Carlos Lopez the colors. The art has helped the overall tone of this series thus far, and it has not faltered here. Mary Jane comes across as a compassionate character through her artistic presentation. Also, the team has captured the various aspects of a movie shoot in nice detail. The art team has worked well together thus far and this issue is no exception. 

Conclusion

It is hard to be too critical of this series, as they have thus far been successful in creating a story which should have never sounded compelling enough to realize. Although that is still the case here, The Amazing Mary Jane #4 feels as though it is losing some momentum. The series has featured enough strange or unexpected developments thus far that it has kept the interest going, but at some point, there needs to be something of more depth or at least a change of direction. So far those have been lacking, and so, as the story here relies on more of these same tricks, it feels a bit rudderless at times. 

On the other hand, the success thus far indicates that readers should give this series the benefit of the doubt, as there are enough surprises to keep it going for the time being. The creative team only has to show readers that they are in this for the long run. 


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