January 18, 2022

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Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #3

Human Torch Comes Home

Maybe its my weak spot for Spider-Man / Human Torch team ups but this issue was actually pretty fun. The issue is split across two narratives, and it’s the one-off one that is overall more interesting. Without getting too far into spoiler territory, Parker Industries sets up their New York Office in the old Baxter Building. As you can expect, this strikes a cord with one of the Fantastic Four’s remaining members and Johnny Storm’s hotheaded nature gets the best of him.

What ensues is a super powered grudge match between two friends that offers a pretty solid glimpse of their shared history, replete with some laugh out loud funny moments. It’s nice to have a Comicbook that doesn’t take itself too seriously and knows when to poke fun at itself, Issue #3 has this in spades.

Aside from the Storm/Parker showdown the evolving conflict with Zodiac surges in severity. With the shadowy organization going toe to toe with S.H.I.E.L.D.; something that serves as a bit of a homecoming in and of itself. With Nick Fury Jr. and the forces of his (supposed) Uncle, the villainous Scorpio coming to blows on the Hellicarrier.

All In, there’s not a whole lot of meat to this story and honestly I’m fine with that. Johnny Storm, fist fights, quips and Spider-Mobiles. That’s really all I needed from this issue and its exactly what I got.

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