Mavel’s Amazing Spider-Man #74 Comic Review
Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man #74 closes out the Kindred Saga with a big bang that ultimately lives up to its high-action premise and stakes.
Amazing Spider-Man #74 is an action-packed blockbuster of an issue that succeeds through its unshakable confidence in storytelling. With several artists offering unique styles that blend together seamlessly, the book boasts an incredible look and feel. Amazing Spider-Man #74 spends much of its time teetering perilously on the edge of disaster. The engagement with controversial storylines and aspects of Spider-Man’s history (lookin’ at you, Mephisto) necessarily puts this climactic issue on a high-wire act, where any false move could send #74 careening down with other failed Spidey runs. However, Amazing Spider-Man #74 never loses its composure, delivering a highly entertaining issue complete with a touching ending.
Written by Christos Gage and Nick Spencer, with art from Marcelo Ferreira, Mark Bagley, Zé Carlos, Dio Neves, Carlos Gómez, Ivan Fiorelli, and Humberto Ramos, there’s no question that Amazing Spider-Man #74 packs plenty of talent. Complete with excellent colorwork from Andrew Crossley, Edgar Delgado, and Alex Sinclair, the book concludes the Kindred Saga. Facing up against the two super-villains known as Kindred, Spidey, Harry, and MJ fight desperately for their lives, friends, and souls. The book ends with charming post-issue chapters penned by Zeb Wells, Sean Ryan, and Christos Gage, drawn by Ivan Fiorelli, Todd Nauck, and Gustavo Duarte, and colored by Dee Cunniffe and Rachelle Rosenberg.
Amazing Spider-Man #74’s script is massive in length and scope. The extra-large issue feels as though it has just enough room to fit the Kindred Saga’s epic conclusion within its covers. While the book can at times feel inflated, there is a conviction that justifies its scale. Due to this approach, there’s a large amount of dramatic dialogue. The book certainly does much more telling as opposed to showing. But even the long, explanatory soliloquies never feel boring amidst the action and carnage cascading around the characters.
While the action-heavy sections are nothing to slouch at, the book’s quiet moments are where Amazing Spider-Man #74 truly hits its stride. Doctor Strange and Mephisto’s well-placed deliberations as they track the action from afar are particularly fun, which is all the more impressive given Mephisto’s underwhelming history in Spidey books. But of course, it’s Peter and Mary Jane who ultimately steal the issue. There is an undeniable quality the couple shares, regardless of iteration or medium, that can’t help but leave a warm fuzzy feeling in your chest. Amazing Spider-Man #74, albeit after plenty of twists and turns, manages to capitalize on that feeling in a supremely satisfying way.
Amazing Spider-Man #74’s force of confidence takes root in the incredible artwork from the book’s assembled team of artists. While personal preference will surely lead everyone to their favorite artist on the project, there’s no doubt that Spidey looks dynamic, bold, and full of life on each page. While the artists each add their signature flavor to their pages, they all contribute the same underlying conviction to the story that propels the book’s action forward at the perfect pace. Amazing Spider-Man #74 relies on writing in the slow, unhurried moments while the artists commandingly take the reins for the breakneck speeds.
Amazing Spider-Man #74 nearly bites off more than it can chew. But through a combination of engaging and unapologetic artwork, room left for more deliberate, contemplative moments amongst the chaos, and an eventual focus on Peter and MJ’s relationship, the issue comes together into a cohesive tightrope walk. Thankfully, it never needs a safety net.
Amazing Spider-Man #74 is recommended for those Spidey fans looking for a larger-than-life issue to enjoy. That being said, the rest of the Kindred Saga, or at least a good understanding of the Saga, is unsurprisingly a prerequisite to fully enjoy this issue. While Amazing Spider-Man #74 attempts to tackle a lot, the story holds together well and delivers an entertaining and engaging Spider-Man tale.
Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man #74 closes out the Kindred Saga with a big bang that ultimately lives up to its high-action premise and stakes. Amazing Spider-Man #74 is an action-packed blockbuster of an issue that succeeds through its unshakable confidence in storytelling. With several artists offering unique styles that blend together seamlessly, the book boasts an…