This week the rumors have heated up about Michael Keaton being cast as the Vulture in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming movie. While fans await confirmation of that rumor, the Vulture is the villain of the sixth issue of Spidey. Bob originally reviewed the first issue back in December, calling it a fun visitation back to Peter Parker’s earliest days as Spider-Man. That theme continues here as writer Robbie Thompson and artist Andre Lima Araujo pit Spider-Man against the Vulture…and Iron Man which is also timely after Spidey’s appearance in the Civil War movie.
As Spider-Man agonizes how he’s going to ask Gwen Stacy to the Winter Formal dance, his spidey sense triggers which leads to him confronting the Vulture as he’s stealing plans from an unmarked Stark building. As the Vulture gets away, Spidey is left looking guilty when Iron Man enters the room. Of course that leads to a Spider-Man/Iron Man throw-down before working together and dealing with the Vulture. As far as team-ups go this is as basic and by the numbers a plot as it gets so you can probably imagine how the story plays out, but it’s still enjoyable mostly for the Peter and Gwen drama that plays out alongside the predictable super heroics.
Araujo’s art is unique and enjoyable, but the departure of Nick Bradshaw has diminished my overall enjoyment of this title. Araujo’s pencils have a distinct style to them, but one that I’m not sure is fitting for a story like this. His character’s heads are just a bit too big for their bodies and although I love the way his art looks in the high school settings of this book, his Iron Man, Vulture and even Spider-Man at times looked slightly off to me.
While I enjoyed reading Spidey #6, I didn’t enjoy it enough to keep this series on my pull list. If you haven’t read a lot of Spider-Man books from the past I’d still recommend this, but for me, the simple fun stories without Bradshaw’s pencils backing them up don’t make me feel compelled enough to return.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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