AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #27 – The Boomerang Show


Plenty of charm and attitude with this great cast of characters. Boomerang is being cemented as an all-time great Spidey character.
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This week’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #27 pits Boomerang Spidey against the newly formed Syndicate who’s come for Boomerang’s head. Marvel continues to have a hot book on their hands with Nick Spencer’s run.




Girls certainly do run the world here in Amazing Spider-Man #27. We get our first full look at the Syndicate in action. Beetle, Electro, Lady Octopus, Scorpia, White Rabbit and Trapster are one hell of a team and they fantastic together on these pages.

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Each of these ladies are given proper character treatment and a reason for being here. Electro most of all, her story continues to develop in exciting ways. She’s one of the best lasting effects of the tail end of Dan Slott’s decade on Amazing Spider-Man.

Nick Spencer continues to grow Boomerang into one of the best Spider-Man characters. He’s a wildcard that’s always entertaining, usually hilarious. The more involved with Peter’s life away from Spidey he becomes the better.

Amazing Spider-Man #27 isn’t full of twists, turns or big reveals. It’s a blast to read, just having fun with this fight and the quick comedy bits littered throughout. The cliffhanger is a bit soft, it feels tacked on but makes for a solid story development as Peter’s life gets more complicated.

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Poor Aunt May and her homeless shelter, she can’t seem to catch a break. It’s almost as if she’s caught a bit of that “Parker Luck” that’s plagued Peter all his life. When it rains, it pours.

Kev Walker provides pencils, colored by Laura Martin, inked by John Dell. The art in this issue is a major highlight. There’s a fluidity and intensity that carries throughout the entire issue.

Specifically, this might be the best Boomerang has ever looked in a single comic book issue. There’s a few panels where Walker makes Boomerang remind you of Judge Dredd–and for some reason it just works really well.

The only knock against Kev Walker here is that his Spidey looks off in some of these panels. There’s a proportion problem going on with his body parts. He has an interesting take on the web-head and by no means is this a lackluster effort–just a few panels that seem off.

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Every member of the Syndicate looks absolutely gorgeous. They’re all perfectly in contrast to each other and Laura Martin balances their colorful costumes superbly. Every panel of them in action is wonderful.

Amazing Spider-Man #27 is another solid issue. The cliffhanger falls short making an impact but it’s an absolute blast spending time with all of these characters. Nick Spencer has no problem with scripts that don’t heavily rely on Spider-Man himself.

This is Boomerang’s world, we’re all just living in it.

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