|THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN No. 16, October 2016|
Fortunately that doesn’t mean that Issue Sixteen of “The Amazing Spider-Man” is simply filled with an endless parade of dialogue-heavy scenes, as the Berkeley-born writer’s narrative interjects his tantalisingly tense moral debates with as much action as an explosion at the Parker Industries plant in Edmond, Oklahoma can muster. Light-hearted and simultaneously nail-biting, these dynamically-charged rescue sequences really put plenty of the Spider-Cycle on show whilst Web-Head desperately tries to alleviate the mood with his usual wisecracks and copious amounts of web-foam.
Just as entertaining is the Eisner Award-winner's nod to Steve Ditko’s famous ‘heavy-lifting’ panel from this title’s February 1966 edition, as circumstances force the super-hero to shift a large metal pylon off of one of his employees. This demonstration of strength, as Peter wills his muscles to work beyond their normal limits, is fuelled by the C.E.O.’s heartfelt belief that the man is “my responsibility!” An incredibly emotional response which only then later fuels the lead protagonist’s rash decision to fly Doctor Clarkson’s “whole team whatever the cost” and pay for his worker’s experimental care.
Penciller Giuseppe Camuncoli also appears to be in great form drawing this comic book, with his renderings of Spidey’s “highly modified high-tech motorcycle” proving an absolute delight to the eyes. Indeed, despite this publication’s rather word-laden needs, the Italian illustrator’s artwork manages to still contain plenty of movement and life in its figures, and does a particularly good job of augmenting its characters’ sentiments on their faces.
|The variant cover art of "THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN" No. 16 by Chris Samnee & Matt Wilson|