|THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN No. 13, August 2016|
Fortunately however, the tone to the Eisner Award-winners’ storyline matures beyond recognition once “the enigmatic Regent” finally takes centre stage and launches a ‘sneak attack’ upon Peter Parker’s “very own protégée” at a “secluded spot.” Billed by Slott as “it’s Spider-Man verses Darkseid, it’s Spider-Man verses Thanos”, Augustus Roman’s formidable power is actually firmly established straight from this magazine’s opening, when the so-called self-proclaimed “saviour of Humanity” effortlessly ‘takes out’ the gigantic Homo Mermanus, Orka, an Atlantean soldier who has previously faced the Avengers, within the space of a single page.
Such an impressive display of the “unusual” villain’s indomitable strength definitely helps achieve Dan’s goal of depicting a foe well outside of Spider-Man’s “weight class”, and it is hard not to believe that the majority of this title’s readers didn’t feel that Morales’ confrontation with the super-powered CEO of Empire Unlimited was disconcertingly reminiscent of David and Goliath. It’s certainly not surprising that such a “mismatch” results in Regent dispatching the spider–powered “child” even faster than he did Prince Namor’s long-time nemesis.
All of this “Civil War Re-enactment” action, be it Parker and Iron Man’s verbal/physical sparring, Betty Brant’s realisation that Roman is “totally Regent”, or Augustus’ bone-crunching blows, is crisply illustrated by Giuseppe Camuncoli. Indeed, the Italian artist’s depiction of the comic’s oversized antagonist is so impressive that it is hard not to hear the impacts of the character’s thunderous punches or feel the actual vibration of his heavy ponderous footfalls.
|Writer: Dan Slott, Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Inker: Cam Smith|