Writer: Dan Slott
Penciler: Humberto Ramos
Inker: Victor Olazaba
Color Art: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Release Date: August 21st. 2013
There is so freggin much going on in the world of Spider-Man right now that it is hard to not get excited every time an issue comes out. This week's book was no exception with the cover showing an image of Hobgoblin with his own sword jammed into him. I was smiling cheek to cheek when I opened the pages and didn't stop until I closed the book.
We last left our hero when he was announcing to New York that the Hobgoblin was no other than famed photographer Phil Urich. The beginning of this issued showed him inside the Bugle, trying to figure out what to do while quickly losing his cool. He was found out, Spidey was after him and there was really not much that could stop him.
There is a glorious moment in the issue that has Spidey talking to Robbie Robertson about the irony that he wont believe that Phil is Hobgoblin while the Bugle had been known to hunt Spider-Man with no just cause in the past. This reference to when J. Jonah Jameson ran the paper was wonderful and made a ton of sense. As for the battle between Phil and Spidey...well I really don't want to ruin it so pick up the book.
At the end of the issue there is no doubt that the Goblin King is getting ready to move and that there is something massive going on. It is also noted that Carlie Cooper is getting much closer to figuring out that Spider-Man isn't exactly who he seems to be anymore.
Everything that is happening in this book is so well orchestrated and connected that it is impossible to not bow to Slott. I know a lot of people were initially angry at his idea to get rid of Peter, but it has made for some intense reading and a truly different look into how Spider-Man can be if his morals were a little looser. If you gave this up after the first issue or two and you consider yourself a Spider-Man fan, give it another chance. You are missing out on a truly fun story.