New York is a wonderful place around the holidays, but Peter Parker just can’t get ahead. His old boss and current confidante, J. Jonah Jameson is about to be honored by Mayor Wilson Fisk and he wants his buddy Spider-Man there to present the award to him. Fisk has been up to something nefarious for some time, working extra hard to make it seem that him and the wall-crawler are best buds. This presents a pretty tough situation for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
After the events of recent issues, Amazing Spider-Man #11 is a pretty low-key chapter. That doesn’t mean it’s not entertaining. The interaction between Spidey and JJJ is hilarious. They argue like an old married couple. Writer Nick Spencer delivers some pitch perfect dialogue that puts both sides in perspective.
Jonah has been trying to break back into the big leagues for some time. Sure, he’s found a nice gig yelling at a microphone for a daytime talk radio show, but it’s a far cry from the editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle or the Mayor of New York. This award tonight could be his ticket back on top so he has a lot riding on this personally.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is Spider-Man who is constantly trying to defend his image. Standing next to the Kingpin is not going to help matters. He knows the big guy is up to something. He just doesn’t know what. Despite these feelings, there’s literally a billboard of the two of them standing next to each other which is a pretty hilarious touch.
You can’t see Peter Parker’s face under his mask, however a lot can be implied based on his mannerisms. Artist Ryan Ottley gives the character an incredulous look as he stares at an obvious photoshop. This is just the latest thing he’s got to deal with.
The way this dialogue is delivered adds to the humor as well. When Spider-Man turns around to see this massive billboard, his follow-up is shown in the best possible way. Letterer Joe Caramagna guides you through the setup to land a spot-on punchline.
Of course, a meeting like this can’t go down without a little violence. The Enforcers show up to rain on the parade. This is where Ottley really excels. There’s some excellent fight choreography on display here. The Enforcers are far from the greatest villains in Spider-Man’s rogues gallery, but they put on a fantastic show. You’d think this was the showdown of the century.
Inker Cliff Rathburn brings out the exquisite detail in every panel. This is fantastic during the fight scenes. The background falls away, replaced by lines of energy. Colorist Laura Martin uses some muted colors for the nondescript background which emphasizes each attack.
Amazing Spider-Man #11 is a wild, quirky read, which is exactly what you’d expect with a day in the life of Peter Parker. Having J. Jonah Jameson along for the ride only adds a crazy twist to it. This issue finishes up with an unexpected return of a major Spider-Man villain too, so needless to say, I’m looking forward to where this goes next.