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Subj: Amazing Spider-Man#45: Sins Rising Kicks Into Overdrive!
Posted: Wed Jul 29, 2020 at 07:44:16 am EDT (Viewed 187 times)

Amazing Spider-Man#45

We begin "Sins Rising" with a recap of Carlie Cooper's life up to this point, she's working on an autopsy, we learn who it is later, but first we check in on Peter watching Shakespere In The Park. He's barely paying attention to it as he was supposed to be accompanied by MJ, but she had to cancel their date. We learn the events of of this issue is what Peter got up to after the events of Amazing Mary Jane#6, he doesn't yet know MJ had to be placed in witness protection and shipped out of town!

Peter prevents someone from being mowed down by Overdrive, who Peter had last encountered in his dreams...and much like in the dream, Overdrive is being pursued by the Sin Eater. Sin Eater manages to send Overdrive's car crashing, almost killing two children. Peter saves the kids and then Overdrive, the two head over into the car park of a building but Sin Eater pursues them. After a skirmish, Sin Eater tells Peter about the murders of policemen and children that Overdrive was responsible for, he fires a shot at Overdrive, Peter dives in front of it...but the bullet passes through him and it still hits Overdrive. Overdrive seemingly dies in Peter's arms and Sin Eater teleports out.

Back at the morgue, we learn the body Carlie is examining is Overdrive, she finds his wound is gone, he springs back to life in front of her, wondering what happened to him

My thoughts

A splendid issue with on-point art from Mark 'Not a step missed' Bagley, bringing out the best in Spencer's writing. It was nice to see Mary Jane featured in flashback/imaginative cameos and referenced, showing what she means not just to Peter, but also Carlie too.

I actually thought Spencer was going to kill Carlie off seeing as her whole life in the book was being recapped at the start, much like how Jean DeWolf's life was recapped just before her death. Perhaps Carlie will be marked for death by saga's end? If so, that would be yet one more atonement for the sins of Brand New Day.

Overdrive was quite sympathetic, his idolisation of Spider-Man smacking of trying to atone so much for crimes committed he latches on to a man he perceives to be pure and good, seeking his forgiveness is important to him, and Peter, being as good natured and responsible, takes on that role and tells Overdrive he believes in him, comforting him as he appears to die

Seems Sin Eater sees himself as a spiritual cleanser, punishes the criminals for their sins through death, yet gives them a second chance at life so long as they consume the sins of others I presume. An interesting new angle to take Stan down the cult route.


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