Avenging Spider-Man #5

Avenging Spider-Man #5

I thought a story that began with various Avengers making fun of the old-school comics Captain America created back in the 40s would just be a snark-fest, a chance for Spider-Man to throw around some wisecracks, but there’s a surprising amount of depth and sympathy in the unexpected bonding between Spidey and Cap.

Oh, don’t get me wrong — you’re going to get jokes, and generally funny ones, in a comic written by Zeb Wells. That’s part of what makes this a fun read. But when I got to the end of this tale of rediscovering your geek passions and I saw that it was dedicated to the memory of Joe Simon, the co-creator of Captain America who recently passed away, there was a tear in my eye. It reminded me that you can have humor and real feeling together, appreciating one all the more for the presence of the other.

I also liked how much Spidey was obsessing over discovering a previously unsuspected side of one of his heroes. Yes, he goes a bit overboard in trying to bond with Cap based on them being fellow nerds — leading to one of my favorite lines in the book, when Cap responds to Spidey’s sharing with, “That’s nice,” before snapping back into leader strategy mode.

Given all the subject matter, I would have appreciated art that was more traditionally cartoony. Yu and Alanguilan have lovely, impressive figure work, but it’s a little too realistic/ painterly for my taste for this story. There’s one closeup where we’re looking at the red inner eyelid through Cap’s mask that had me focusing on very much the wrong details for that panel. I also thought the figures were a little stiff, especially when the gang is just hanging out. This is pinup/cover art-styled, not for story flow.

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