Amazing Spider-Man v3 # 8

Posted by bulletproofsponge 17 November 2014

Amazing Spider-Man v3 # 8

This issue is divided into two stories. The first, being a continuation of the team up between Spider-Man and the new Ms Marvel from Amazing Spider-Man # 7, and the second, being the tie in to Spider-Verse.

Story 1: Adventures in Babysitting

This story continues from the last one, in which Dr Minerva is transporting an Inhuman Cocoon for unknown purposes.

Spider-Man and Ms Marvel do the classic Slingshot Maneuver that Spidey usually does with with Carol, much to the new Ms Marvel's delight.

Meanwhile, the thugs in the Hazmat Suits watch from afar, and one of them expresses his discontentment for doing a "Spider-Man" job.

After knocking Dr Minerva over, the two heroes come for the van where the hazmat guys are guarding the cocoon. One of the bad guys quickly adjust his weapon to make it a sonic blaster to defend himself. However, he soon realizes he has no need for it as Spider-Man only wants the cocoon.

The good guys grab the cocoon and make a run for it. While on the run however, the cocoon hatches, revealing a baby.

Spider-Man instructs Ms Marvel to take care of the baby while he handles Dr Minerva. Ms Marvel however is soon stopped by the bad guy helpers in the suits. Fortunately for her however, one of the bad guys turns on his fellow henchmen and blasts them with a sonic blaster gun. ( He is obviously the guy who upgraded his gun earlier)

He states that he is not a monster and did not sign up for a job like this. ( Not exactly, but that's what he meant)

Meanwhile, Cindy, after hearing her boss's comments on Silk's bad costume design, decides she needs to change her suit.

Back to Spider-Man, he is not doing so well with Dr Minerva, not until Ms Marvel shows up with her new henchman friend who explains how all the henchmen are human, not Kree. This brings Spider-Man to the conclusion that Dr Minerva's actions are not sanctioned by the Kree. As such, he makes a call to the Kree to report Dr Minerva, resulting in her running away.

A short scene switches over to the Diamond District, where Silk has stopped her first crime in her new costume, gaining some new publicity.

Finally, we see the baby is sent over to the hospital, Ms Marvel gets a pep talk from Spider-Man, and the bad henchman who became good turned out to be none other than Clayton Cole, whom Spider-Man recognized immediately and offered him a job over at Parker Industries.

Read more about Clayton Cole's history with Spider-Man in Learning to Crawl

Story 2:
Edge of Spider-Verse: My Brother's keeper

This story begins in earth 982 aka MC2 universe, where Spider-Girl ( Mayday ) lives. Daemos, Morlun's brother, is making an attack on this world, seeking the lives of Mayday, her brother, and Peter Parker of that world.

In case anyone here is unfamiliar, MC2 is a future universe where Peter married MJ, lost a leg, and had two kids - Mayday aka Spider-girl and Benjamin ( still a baby).

Peter fights to save his daughter's life, while MJ gives little Benjamin to Mayday, telling her that he is now her responsibility and that she must escape and keep him safe.

As Mayday runs out of the house she can hear her mother screaming. Mayday is met by the Jacket version of Spider-Man from Spider-UK's team who comes to save them from Daemos. Unfortunately, by then, Peter is already killed. Mayday swears to kill Daemos, going against every principle her father ever taught her to do so.


Starting from the top, the team up in the first story, though not the most interesting of story lines, made history as the first team up between Spider-Man and the new Ms Marvel. It also marked the reintroduction of Clayton Cole, whom, although we just found out about his back story not long ago, had history with Spider-Man from years ago.

Clayton's expertise with super sonic sound waves would certainly prove as a useful asset for Parker Industries. It was great that Spider-Man was able to recognize Clayton and help him get back on his feet, especially since the guy has been having a hard time finding a job due to his criminal record from when he was just a kid.

Silk's / Cindy's appearance in this first issue was absolutely unnecessary, and I have a feeling that it
may have just been added in there due to some fan's online complaining about her costume.

I am not digging the new Ms Marvel too much so I do not have to much to praise about her character and what he added to the story. Adding her to the Spider-Man book however was a great move to gain awareness among new readers about her character's existence and hopefully gain some new fans.

As for the second story, I must say that I am a little disappointed that Peter and MJ of the MC2 universe were killed. In the interviews post One More Day, I recall a comment being made abot how fan's of the Spider-Man marriage can look to the MC2 universe and consider that as the future that would have happened. I guess that just ended. Thankfully, their legacy still lives on... for now.

While Mayday has sworn to go against every principle her father has taught her, I do hope that she does not completely abandon her principles. Thankfully, she got picked up by Spider-UK's team and not Spider-Ock's team. Ock's influence, along with the other meaner Spider-Men would probably be a very bad influence and a fuel to the rage currently burning within her.

Nevertheless, one cannot say that it was unexpected to see Mayday join forces with the Spider guys as she is one of the more prominent alternate Spider people out there.

Now all we need is for Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield to join the cause!

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