“Rookies” (The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #17 Comic Review)

Writer: Jody Houser

Artist: Nathan Stockman

Colorists: Ruth Redmond

Letterer: VC’s Joe Carmagna

The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #17

Welcome back to Midtown High! Annie Parker has just stumbled upon a pair of students who have given themselves superpowers via a shady science experiment. It’s the Marvel universe people, how else does someone get superpowers?

The Deets

After assuring her dad that everything is fine, Annie Parker confronts the two students who have caused a small explosion in her high school. Turns out the two students, named Lacey and Reece, were conducting an experiment to intentionally give themselves superpowers. After Annie dodges (like only a spider can) a super blast from Lacey, it is revealed that Annie has powers as well. Luckily for our hero, both Lacey and Reece assume Annie’s powers are a product of their experiment. Annie plays along, taking the opportunity to keep an eye on the two teenagers.

All three students go to a thrift store to pick out superhero costumes. They also start training with their powers after school. Annie starts to really enjoy her time with her new friends. Soon the trio decides to hit the streets and they witness a burglary and end up pretty easily intimidating the culprit into surrender. Lacey and Reece are ecstatic and ready to tackle a true villain however Annie is hesitant and worried the group will bite more than they can chew.

Meanwhile, Annie’s time away from her spider-family has gotten her parents’ senses tingling. Peter admits to Mary Jane that he feels Annie is hiding something. We will have to keep reading to see if someone gets grounded or loses their nweb-slinging privileges!

My Take

“Renew” continues to be a fun, light read. The story is obviously centered around Annie and her troubles in high school. Writer Jody Houser does a great job of really creating a light-hearted fast-paced story. Nothing dark and ominous here folks!

Nathan Stockman’s art matches the story. Simple and clean.

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Summary
If you are looking for a more adult and mature story this ain't it. This issue continues the trend of light and fun with the Parker Spider-family.
Good
  • Light and fun
  • Annie is a storng character, easy to like
  • Spidey tells Dad jokes
7.8
Good
Overall - 8
Story - 8
Art - 7.5
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I'm a husband, father, and devout nerd. Lover of music, coffee, apple products, video games, movies, books, and of course beautifully detailed panels.

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