Review: Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #1

Amazing Spider-Man - Renew your Vows
In this world MJ and Peter are still together

Grade: 8 / 10
What is the zone of the Battleworld called the Regency?....

Wait that's not why you care about this.  You want to see why and how Peter Parker is back with MJ and who their daughter is.
This story provides everything that critics of Brand New Day said could have been.  We have a mature Spider-Man a mature Peter Parker who has had to grow up.  He is willing to make tougher decisions and greater sacrifices.
The story is also weakened by some of the same worries that were reasons for ending Spider-Man's marriage in the first place.  He now has a nagging wife and a kid who seem to consume his time and focus.  Not only does he not have an array of girl friends but he also barely has time for the Avengers.  Barely anytime to be Spider-Man, and after all we read Spider-Man to see Spider-Man.
Ahhhh wedded bliss :)

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Some of the covers and ads for the series are awesome
Is that a black suit?

This books is this strange ode to what could have been, both the good, and the bad.  In the end I batted around grades as low as 6 and as high as 9.  I mulled it over and decided to cut the difference.  Like all stories this one will largely effect you based off who you are.  If you grew up reading Peter Parker's exploits in the 80s or 90s then this is a story for you.   My guess is that you too have grown up, and in this story we see our champion growing up as well.  The book though feels like the early 90s so much.  The look of the art, the dialog and even the primary villain that shows up.  If you read Spidey in the 90s you already know who it is.

This books is soooo early 90s that some how Nirvana  Smells Teen Spirit just magically popped into this review!  No Kidding look there it is........BAM!

O' and you also get to learn about the Battleworld zone called the Regency if that is burning up your brain.  While I jested earlier about the Regency lets be clear the idea behind it is kind of cool, and very provocative in terms of its dynamic with Peter Parker.  The story begins in a world that seems to have the general dynamic of the Marvel universe in the late 90s if Brand New Day never happened.  Parker finds himself staying out later than usual battling bad guys, much to the chagrin of his wife.

The reason for this turns out that many heroes have disappeared.  Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Night Thrasher have all gone missing, as have the entire X-Men team.  Spider-Man convenes with the Avengers who learn of a villain who has been studying means of absorbing powers.  Needless to say this villain calls himself the Regent and gives this realm of Battleworld its name.

The Daughter (Spoilers here)
Parker has a daughter.  As far as I can tell she is not a new version of Mayday Parker from the M2 universe.  Nothing in this story reveals whether she has powers of her own.   If you know anything about Mayday Parker it would seem natural that she would have them.  The Story skips forward in the of the book to the point where she is a teen herself and.......SPOILERs 



In preview art it  appears she has powers of her own and knows how to use them.  She does seem like a version of Mayday.
Renew Your Vows #4 Cover

Other Stuff:
Peter makes a few interesting choices toward the end of the story.  I don't want to spoil anything yet though.  Maybe I will write about this Renew Your Vows #2

Next Up:

Renew Your Vows #2 

Is Venom back?

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