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The Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man series has been much more about Peter Parker’s real world struggles than about Spider-Man fighting villains, and this issue keeps along with that theme. We get a flashback of Uncle Ben teaching Peter about helping those in need and see that lesson carried over to his life as Spider-Man. One part in particular really hits home when young Peter asks Ben what if the guy he just gave money to uses it to buy something bad. It’s a good question and it is easy to think about that when we see people asking for help.
Aunt May is still dealing with the cancer diagnosis and we find out her insurance is not covering her treatment. Like I said, these are real world problems we’re dealing with here. May does open her Center called F.E.A.S.T. (Food, Emergency Aid, Shelter and Training) only to have someone break in on opening night. Spider-Man rushes to the Center after the alarm was tripped to find the Prowler rummaging through a desk. It looks like Spider-Man will get the drop on the Prowler until good old Boomerang shows up to “help”. Who is the Prowler working for? Are the “concerned” business owners in the neighborhood behind the break-in? How will May afford her treatment? All these questions are set up nicely in this Feast or Famine part one issue.
Tom Taylor has done a good job with this series so far in showing more of the human side of Spider-Man. The Ken Lashley art was different than I’m used to with this book since Juann Cabal has done most of these issues. It’s still a terrifically drawn book. Nolan Woodard does an awesome job on colors as usual. It was all together a good set up issue for this story arc and continues to be one of my favorite pulls.
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