Spidey and Red Hulk tangle with a horde of mole-likecreatures that are after Mayor J. Jonah Jameson in the debut issue of AvengingSpider-Man.
I haven’t regularly read any Spider-Man titles for quitesome time.  I really can’t recall why Istopped reading them in the first place. I’ve always been a DC guy but I’ve always kept up with Spidey.  Next to Batman, Spider-Man was one of thefirst comic books I ever picked up as a kid. When I heard that a new Spidey title was coming out I figured now was agood time to jump back on the train.
After taking down a giant robotic machine alongside his fellowAvengers, Spider-Man is at a loss of just how he’ll make it back to NewYork City.  The rest of his teammates quicklymake up excuses and his only ride home seems to be Red Hulk; who isn’t toothrilled with the prospect.
On the “flight” home, Spidey and Hulk share plenty ofawkward silences and misunderstood quips. But when they receive word from Iron Man that New York City is under attack,the two get down to business.  Uponarriving, they are confronted by a swarm of yellow mole-like creatures calledMoloids.  After getting a good look atHulk, they decide it best to call in the heavy reinforcements.
The street beneath Spidey and Hulk crumbles and collapsesaround them.  A creature large enough toswallow them both whole emerges and attacks. The two heroes are quickly subdued by some kind of neuro-toxin the creatureproduces and the Moloids take Mayor J. Jonah Jameson captive and haul him fallbeneath the city streets.
In the underground depths, the Moloids take Jameson to MoleMan.  Jameson demands to know what MoleMan wants with him.  He tells Jamesonthat his Moloids sought him out because he is the king of New York City and theyneed the help of his “army”.  Mole Manthen explains that he is the ruler of the underground realm of Subterranea no longer.  He is being held in chains by a group of large,bullish brutes.
What do these mysterious beings want and why are theyholding Mole Man hostage?  What can JonahJameson do to help the moloids?  CanSpider-Man and Hulk free themselves and stop this menace before it’s too late?
“How do I find time to be an Avenger and your friendlyneighborhood Spider-Man?  How do I alwaysmake it back to New York City just in time to deal with my stuff?  Well the truth is…sometimes…I don’t.”
This was just a super fun book to read.  I forgot just how enjoyable Spider-Manis.  All his quirky humor, his less thancomfortable interaction with Hulk along with some action sprinkled in made thisbook a pleasurable way back into Spider-Man comics.  Outstanding writing and artwork helped tocarry this book into a standout status for this week.  I’d definitely recommend this as a must readthis week and I predict this title has what it takes to be a flagship Spideyseries.
Avenging Spider-Man was written by Zeb Wells and drawn by Joe Madureira and Ferran Daniel.
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