A Supporting Character In His Own Series – ‘Amazing Spider-Man #44’ Reviewed

by James Ferguson

The Sin-Eater, brought back by the mysterious Kindred, begins his attack on Spider-Man, but to what end? Peter Parker struggles to hold it together as he’s moved around the board like a pawn in a chess game he doesn’t understand.

We know next to nothing about Kindred, however it’s clear that he’s incredibly powerful. More importantly, he knows quite a bit about Spider-Man and can seemingly peer into the hero’s thoughts and dreams. That’s unsettling enough on its own, but the pure sinister energy this villain possesses adds to it.

Artist Kim Jacinto with Bruno Oliveira capture that well, adding a pinch of humor to Kindred as he towers above his foe. There’s almost a smirk on his bandage-covered face as he taunts the wall-crawler from a position of power. Nothing is given away about his identity (or even if it’s a him at all for that matter).

While this makes for an interesting and eerie scene, particularly with its dream setting, the artwork is a little uneven here. The character forms are rather awkward and feel flat. This is a contrast to the earlier scenes with some tight and dynamic line work.

A large chunk of Amazing Spider-Man #44 focuses on Overdrive, fleeing from the Sin-Eater. This continues the strange trend writer Nick Spencer has developed in this series of centering not on the webhead, but on obscure side characters and villains. We don’t really know why we’re focused on this chase, nor is there much to care about so much of this issue doesn’t resonate.

David Curiel’s colors are a saving grace in this sequence, creating a nice balance between the bright shades of Spider-Man’s usual adventures and the dark shadows of Kindred’s forces. It drives home the idea that Peter Parker is not prepared for what waits for him in the near future.

Letterer Joe Caramagna adds to the terror of this villain with some disturbing word balloons and a great font choice. This speaks to the otherworldly nature of this evil and again, how out of his element Spider-Man is against it.

This, and recent issues of Amazing Spider-Man make it seem that the wall-crawler is a supporting character in his own series. So many ideas have been introduced and not really developed in this book lately. Instead of juggling them all with deft precision, they all plop on the floor. Hopefully we’ll get something from a few of these interesting prospects soon. At the bare minimum, I’m dying to know who Kindred is.

Amazing Spider-Man #44 from Marvel Comics is currently available at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.

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