Some writers just always know how to hit you where it hurts the most. When you took interest in this book, you knew that there would be some fun, but you also knew that there would be some emotional parts that could tear right into you. Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #6 did not disappoint there and I struggled trying to imagine how they could top that or even the issue revealing Aunt May having cancer. But still there was anticipation for what this next issue had in store for us. New day, new set of problems to face.
Like the issues before, there was another real problem to tackle. Honestly, I’m amazed at the kind of stories that this creative team has chosen to tell. Starting off with the struggles one goes through when someone they love is diagnosed with cancer, the fear of going through a sickness that you are terrified you may not wake up from one day, and now the helplessness of being someone who simply has nothing. These are real world problems that we should never have a problem seeing more of in comics. I just find it funny that some people forget that these are the same exact things that they would normally label as SJW or political. All the same thing at the end of the day. With that said, I could not argue with the idea that Aunt May of all people would be the one who decides to reopen the F.E.A.S.T. Center to help the homeless and needy of New York City. This kind of act of kindness seems like only something that she would do. The highlight of this issue had to be her dialogue. From start to finish she was a pillar of strength as someone who has been through so much. Standing up to something terminal, standing up to people who try to become obstacles. She is a superhero in her own right
Now the Prowler being the villain to challenge the reopening of this shelter was an interesting choice. Especially because the execution of his entrance into this story left it very uncertain as to whether he was friend or foe. Something is obviously not right here, but there’s no telling until there’s more to go on than someone being in the wrong place at the wrong time. All you knew was who was actually to blame for things turning sideways for Aunt May. A heartbreaking scene that truly made you brace for everything wrong that might happen to a certain responsible party.
In the case of Aunt May specifically, I also enjoyed seeing that not everything was so straightforward in dealing with her cancer. When you look for these relatable moments, you sometimes want to get down to what the real experience tends to be like. We all wish we could deal with these things and simply move on, but it never quite works that way unless you are blessed with a lot of money to throw at doctors.
The fun in a Spider-Man book is that you almost always know that with the right art team, the interiors will pop. Whether it is the colors or the way the art jumps right off the page, there is success in exciting you with every flip of the page. What I liked most about the artwork for this issue was seeing more of a classic look to these characters. Well mostly those in costume. You could tell that Ken Lashley is an artist who appreciates other stories because of the way he balances that use of highlights and shadows to create detail in body and clothing. The heavy inks as well worked great for this very reason. Aside from this you simply enjoy the way that these regular people are drawn because he knows how to make them engaging through lively expressions and interactions. The color work made a difference as well for a great use of skin tones and
Not all superheroes wear capes! An issue like this is exactly what we needed to send a remind that this IS the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. A Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man looks out for his community and the little people, and the people look out for each other as well.