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A gripping issue, where what happens next is hard to predict, and the art is gorgeous.
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Review: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #54.LR – Unexpected Twists and Turns

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The Amazing Spider-Man #54.LR, out now from Marvel Comics, is an issue where the plot is continually twisting and turning in ways that a reader couldn’t predict, and the art is stunning.

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Nick Spencer and Matthew Rosenberg wrote The Amazing Spider-Man #54.LR, and successfully provided for a captivating issue. As the events that were set up by the previous issue begin to play out, there are twists that almost everyone would fail to predict. The surprising way the plot plays out leaves the reader wondering what will happen next and glues their eyes to the page. It all builds up to a shocking conclusion that excites the reader for the next issue in the series.

An intriguing aspect of The Amazing Spider-Man #54.LR is the inclusion of pages from Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #200. Written by J.M. DeMatteis, drawn by Sal Buscema, colored by Bob Sharen, and lettered by Joe Rosen, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #200 is related to the issue because of its focus on the same characters. Since the history of the characters involved is so long, many readers may be unfamiliar with the dynamic between the characters the issue is focusing on. They included this scene to give context to new readers, and by having an actual scene from a past comic book, the reader knows the information about the past isn’t embellished in any way.

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The pencils of Federico Vicentini and Takeshi Miyazawa combined with the inks of Vicentini, Miyazawa, and Scott Hanna result in a delightful cartoonish art style for The Amazing Spider-Man #54.LR. This cartoonish style allows for action scenes to have a lot of dynamism, which is difficult for highly realistic art. The exaggerated expressions they have would look ridiculous in other art styles, but here it helps easily carry the issue’s emotional moments. The style is also not overly cartoonish, but instead is a nice semi-realism that allows both a serious tone and exaggerated emotions.

The Amazing Spider-Man #54.LR features Erick Arciniega’s coloring talents, and he brings life to the issue that would have been absent otherwise. Each page’s color composition is beautiful, and the gradient backgrounds help add a creepy tone during one encounter. Arciniega also uses the technique of drastically changing a panel’s background color from the setting to help instill energy into the scene, and it works perfectly. I can not say enough good things about his performance in this issue.

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VC’s Ariana Maher’s lettering never ceases to amaze. Her work in The Amazing Spider-Man #54.LR is particularly impressive, as the bold captions and choice of fonts do wonders to enhance the issue’s experience.

The Amazing Spider-Man #54.LR is an excellent issue, which shows that the story has lots of excitement to come. The art is terrific, the coloring is gorgeous, and the lettering helps make the issue a page-turner. If you’re a fan of what’s currently happening in The Amazing Spider-Man series, you will not want to miss this superb issue.

David Weber
David Weber
David Weber is a student at University of Rhode Island. He enjoys spending his time absorbing nearly every form of art, including comics, books, movies, and plays. He can be reached at [email protected]

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