Rating: 3/5 – The Return of the Santerians. Did Anyone Miss Them?
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
Over the past few years, Marvel has chosen to include some mini-series into already established series in order to tell some stories that may be set apart from the main storyline, while also featuring different creators from the main book. With Amazing Spider-Man issue 1.1, Jose Molina and big name artist Simone Bianchi tell a tale that stars the Santerians, a group of Latino heroes that first appeared back in 2005.
The Santerians first appeared in Daredevil: Father, a mini-series that was written and drawn by Joe Quesdada. Since then, I honestly can’t remember any stories that had them guest-starring so when I saw the group’s name appear on the cover, it didn’t do anything to build my excitement. Unfortunately, the story inside was also less than exciting. A man named Julio Rodriguez was killed in the city of Harlem by a group of drug-addled thugs. After being buried, he suddenly and inexplicably rises from the dead which has Spider-Man investigating whether or not this is a Christmas miracle, or a hoax.
The writing isn’t bad, despite Parker seeming to be just a bit out of character at times, it’s just that the story never seemed all that interesting and the guest starring Santerians didn’t make much of an impact to make their appearance all that worthwhile. Adding to that, Bianchi’s art to me isn’t a style that’s fitting to a character like Spider-Man. His lines are too sharp, and in more than a couple panels, Spidey’s head looks off, almost as though Bianchi was trying to conform the mask to Peter’s face I won’t be back for future issues in this series and once again, my knowledge of and caring for the Santerians will remain low.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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