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Subj: Amazing Spider-Man#48: First Order
Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 at 02:04:36 am EDT (Viewed 160 times)
The Order of the Web make their debut, and it's not going to, of course, nothing is at it seems for one webbed wonder!
Peter learns Sin Eater is after Norman Osborn...and Carter's forces seem to be pretty predjudiced, as they planned to blow up a mosque! Peter fends them off with the aid of Miles, who tells him about his encounters with the Ultimate Goblin, he tries to tell Peter that maybe it'd be a good thing if Carter were allowed to 'cleanse' Osborn, but Peter disagrees. Peter is next encountered by Ghost Spider...she says Peter's on the verge of making a mistake as big as a 'deal with the devil', and rants about how 'idealistic' some people are perceived as when remembered only for the manner in which they die...she boldly states to Peter that his Gwen likely wasn't as saintly as Peter makes her out to be (she'd be right and Peter knows it...Sins Past anyone?). Peter confesses he sometimes thinks Gwen's spirit is waiting for him to finish off Osborn.
Finally, Julia Carpenter approaches him and tells him Osborn's cleansing would save many lives...it appears the Order of the Web don't want Peter to rescue Norman...and Peter refuses to listen, he barges into Ravencroft, and takes Norman under his protection (though does sucker punch him). On a rooftop, Julia, Miles, Jessica Drew, Cindy, and Ghost-Spider meet up, Anya/Arana joins them also, and they all lament that they could not reach Peter or reason with him...they must now work together to stop him
...Now there's something original: a deconstruction of Gwen...by Gwen. This was a nice scene, I doubt it's ever quell the fanaticism of most Gwen stans, but it was a nice way of establishing just how different Ghost-Spider is to her counterpart, and we know that her hunch is correct even if they haven't directly referenced or stated it on Peter's end.
Also established is Peter did not love him anyone before Gwen, further indicating that Betty Brant, his first crush, was just puppy love that was of-the-moment that he just never talks about anymore.
Remember that dream that Peter and the Spiders shared, including Julia? Kindred said he had prepared something 'sinister' for everyone, and the only way to stop it was to follow his instructions. What if the Spiders quest to enable Norman's cleansing is them following Kindred's orders? Or them being under Kindred's influence? It will be interesting to see how the team come together on opposing ends since Kindred is about to make his first major strike right after Sins Rising.
How will any of this be collected in trade is the question...the Green Goblin story appears to be seperate in trade listings, yet it is clearly the finale to Sins Rising and bleeds straight into Last Remains. I think logically this would be where the trade cuts off for Sins Rising.