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The Amazing Spider-Man #5 (2014)

The Amazing Spider-Man #5 (2014)

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Ah yes...the kiss. That's how the previous issue ended of The Amazing Spider-Man, and this issue continues where Spider-Man and Silk left off. The issue starts off with the Black Cat, and she's out to get revenge on Spider-Man for what he did to her. It's too bad that she doesn't believe Peter Parker, when he told her that the "Superior Spider-Man" was really Otto Octavius mind-swapped into his body. At this point, she doesn't really care what he has to say, she just wants payback, she wants to expose the spider. The Black Cat heads over to a gambling parlor and pays The Eel a visit. The Eel laughs at her, telling her that the whole town thinks she's a joke, and he shows her his super powers, where as she doesn't have any, she's just a thief.
With a wicked smile, she shows The Eel and his henchmen the friend she brought with, and Electro makes his grand appearance. Because his powers are out of control, The Eel tells The Black Cat that Electro's powers fried a lot of people, and he's too dangerous to be near. Even Electro wants Black Cat to step back, but she refuses, she's not afraid. Then Electro takes care of business, and the scene switches to the rooftops on the upper west side...where Spider-Man and Silk are STILL making out (among other things).
Silk wants to take his mask off, but that's where Spider-Man draws the line. Then he realizes another thing, Silk knows his true identity, as she calls out his name. This is the moment that Spider-Man needed in order to stop fooling around with her. They feel attracted to one another because they were bit by the same spider years ago, it's hard for them to let go of one another.
In the pages following, we see J. Jonah Jameson at the Fact Channel, where he got bumped due to conflict of interest. We see Sajani, kidnapped by Black Cat and Electro, but it's not as bad as it seems. Champagne, caviar...who could ask for a better kidnapping? Black Cat pays a visit to Mister Negative, and she has some words with him. Meanwhile, in Tribeca, at the apartment of Peter Parker and Anna Maria Marconi, Anna walks in to speak with Peter urgently, but then she sees Peter and Cindy Moon (Silk), messing around on the ceiling. Cindy has a moment of jealousy, but soon after she explains to Anna Maria that their "spider sides" kick in when they're together. Some funny moments happen soon after, and then on the serious side, Anna Maria tells Peter that his company needs him, so he goes and puts on a suit and tie.
Peter tells Cindy that she didn't have to go with him, but since she was recently set free, she wants to go out and see the world. Peter goes on live TV and Cindy's spider-sense goes off. Since her powers far outweigh Peter's, it takes awhile until he feels his spider-sense going off. Enter Electro and the Black Cat, and shortly after, Silk and Spider-Man make their appearances as well. It's good that Silk went along with Spider-Man, because while the Black Cat takes on Spider-Man, Silk focuses on Electro. J. Jonah Jameson takes advantage of this situation, having the reporter background that he has, and starts to broadcast all of this action live. The Black Cat, with the aid of Electro, is able to put a stop to Spider-Man, and with the cameras rolling, she decides to unmask Spider-Man on live television, in the same way that The Superior Spider-Man outed her. The issue ends here, but we're left wondering if the unmasking will be a success or not. We'll find out next month with issue 6. Another fine job by the creative team, Amazing Spider-Man continues to prove that the return of this series was worth the wait. I'm rating this issue a 4.5 out of 5 stars, the continuity of these stories have been great so far. It'll be interesting to see what happens with the courtship of Peter Parker and Cindy Moon, if there really is one. And what will happen with the partnership that Black Cat currently has with Electro? Reading on, we'll soon find out. Written by Dan Slott, penciled by Humberto Ramos, inked by Victor Olazaba, and colored by Edgar Delgado. This issue has 22 pages, retails for $3.99, and is available now in print or on digital formats.

Cover for The Amazing Spider-Man #5, written by Dan Slott, penciled by Humberto Ramos, inked by Victor Olazaba, and colored by Edgar Delgado.
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