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Amazing Spider-Man #15: Review

Jul 2016
Dan Slott, Guisseppe Cammuncoli

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Power play conclusion: Suit yourself

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4 stars

Amazing Spider-Man #15 Review by (July 22, 2016)
Clayton Cole was mentioned this issue and last as the app designer for the Webware device. The ASM: Learning To Crawl mini-series portrayed him as a science-geek who tried to emulate Spider-Man's earliest appearances, but he got arrested as super-villain Clash with artificial sonic powers. In the 2014 ASM series he was released from jail and became a henchvillain for hire, but with a conscience. In #8 Spidey recognised him and got him a science job in Parker Industries. And after this arc (presumably) the Inhuman precog Ulysses will predict him turning villain again in ASM: Civil War II #1.

Mary Jane wore the bulky yellow Iron Man suit from early Tales of Suspense issues, and Aunt May (!) wore the original grey version, in Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #20 when they invaded Dr Doom's castle (!) with Spidey. Don't ask!

Peter Parker, Mary Jane and Regent's deja vu means they are 'remembering' the action in ASM: Renew Your Vows #5. But that was supposedly different versions of the characters in 1 of the Battleworld zones in Secret Wars. Once again we are reminded that we don't know exactly how this new Marvel Universe is connected to the Battleworld fragments.

The freed heroes we see are ANAD Avengers (Captain America (Sam Wilson), Ms Marvel, Nova, Thor, Vision), Avengers Unity Squad (Deadpool, Dr Voodoo, Human Torch, Quicksilver, Rogue), Squadron Supreme (Blur, Dr Spectrum, Hyperion, Nighthawk, Thundra, Warrior Woman), X-Men (Colossus, Cyclops, Iceman, Old Man Logan), Karnak and Daredevil. (I identify Blur, Karnak and Thundra more because Marvel Wiki says that's who they are.) There's also the back of a woman's head with very long green hair who should be either Polaris or a mis-coloured Medusa.

Last issue I thought it was May coughing blood, but it could also be read that it was Jay. Or maybe both of them have whatever it is. And the lettercol suggests it's something to to with the upcoming Dead No More event.

The attendees at the coffee party are family:- May and Jay Jameson, J Jonah Jameson (he's now Pete's step-brother) and friends:-. Harry Lyman and son Stanley, Robbie and Martha Robinson and son Randy, Betty Brant, Glory Grant, Hobie Brown and Bobbi Morse.
Hobie Brown works for Parker Industries as an alternate Spider-Man to safeguard SM's secret id. (Does this mean Peter no longer trusts the techno-spell that protects it since One More Day?)
Bobbi Morse (Mockingbird) is still a SHIELD Agent but she worked with Spidey against Zodiac in #1-11, and there was a hint of a possible personal relationship at the end of that. And Aunt May comments to Peter here that she hasn't got a wedding ring.
Glory Grant was last seen working for Mayor Jameson during the Superior Spider-Man era.
Randy Robertson was last seen during the Spider-Island event and a bit later. His mother's last app was ASM#600.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Amazing Spider-Man #15 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
In the abandoned hangar that is the HQ of the ANAD Avengers Edwin Jarvis and Mary Jane Watson have viewed Regent defeat Iron Man and Spider-Man. And the ANAD Avengers are missing and they can't contact any other superteams (it seems Regent may have captured them all). Jarvis can't send IM's other armours in auto-mode because only Tony Stark can do so, as a security measure. Besides which there aren't any handy.

But this makes MJ think of something else. Hunting through the crates that have been sent from Avengers Tower she finds the armoured Iron Spider costume Tony created for Spider-Man before Civil War (the 1st 1). She says she wore an Iron Man armour once (during the Other story arc) and had spider-powers during the Spider Island event, so she figures she can handle it.

Regent is carrying his 2 captives in force bubbles to the Cellar prison that he runs as Augustus Roman. Inside his assistant Dr Stillwell doesn't notice that their latest prisoner Harry Lyman/Osborn hasn't yet been sedated by the liquid rising in his tube. He uses a new app in his Webware wrist-phone to emit a sound pulse which shatters his container.

As he escapes he uses it again to call Spider-Man. This is enough to wake Spidey so that he tries to fight his way out of his bubble. But he's really only distracting Regent so he doesn't sense the attack of the Iron Spider. And the villain loses control of the mentally-created bubbles.

SM joins IS in the attack. Her use of the pet name 'Tiger' clues him in that MJ is in the suit. And all 3 combatants get a feeling of deja vu.

Then the Golden Avenger takes a hand. He and Iron Spider tell Spider-Man to go save Harry. SM hands MJ some fresh web-cartridges because the ones in the IS armour will be well-past their use by date. He leaves the other 2 battling Regent while discussing Roman's desire to save the world from super-battles by locking all super-characters away.

In the Cellar Spidey saves Harry from some guards. Then they find and free the other Spider-Man, Miles Morales. As they break open more tubes Regent loses the relevant transmitted powers. And by the time Miles zaps Stillwell there's a lot of angry people on the march. And Harry looks after his fellow civilian prisoner Betty Brant.

Regent says that he still has enough personal power to deal with Shellhead and Iron Spider. But loads of other heroes come out to play ....

.... and Roman winds up incarcerated in his own jail.

Tony Stark worries about supervillains being freed because Regent used them as a powers source too. SM promises to 'tell' Peter Parker to pay attention to his personal life, and TS promises to treat Mary Jane better than his last assistant Pepper Potts. MJ unmasks and assures Betty and Harry that this was a 1-off appearance.

The next evening Tony, MJ and Jarvis have a private celebration while Peter hosts a party in the Coffee Bean for all his friends and family. But Jay Jameson starts coughing blood and collapses.

Guisseppe Cammuncoli
Cam Smith
Marte Gracia
Alex Ross (Cover Penciler)
Alex Ross (Cover Inker)
Alex Ross (Cover Colorist)


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