This whole concept behind The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows was to give Spider-Man fans what they haven’t seen in a while: Peter and MJ married and with a young daughter. It was very pleasing from the start, and then they brought back the beloved black symbiote suit which only added another layer of nostalgia. Now Renew Your Vows #3 continues to please web-head fanatics by throwing the Sinister Six into the equation – a team comprised of fan favorite villains.
The most important of these returning Spider-Man elements, however, is danger. The recent Spidey stories from Dan Slott (including Spider-Verse) have lacked any real sense of danger. Peter Parker is always against impossible odds and the ones he loves are always the target of an incoming threat. Yet with Renew Your Vows, Slott makes readers actually fear for the web-slinger and his family, which is a very welcomed return.
Along with the darker suit also comes a darker Spidey, a side to him we haven’t seen since Doc Ock was running the show in Superior Spider-Man. It’s always a ton of fun when Peter has an edge to him and it often catches his enemies off guard.
Renew Your Vow‘s story is well written, continuing to push the Parker family closer and closer to the edge, while keeping readers anxious about what may happen on the next page. Now that their daughter knows her father is Spider-Man, Mary Jane allows her to ask questions about his heroic past and the conversation between the two about the legend of Spider-Man is an absolute joy.
While readers still don’t know exactly what Regent is up to, the story that’s unfolding is exciting and interesting. Slott takes total advantage of what Secret Wars provides in alternate timeline storytelling, and he’s doing it the right way. This book is specifically placing the Parkers into a scenario usually fit for an X-Men story, but it doesn’t feel forced and is executed smartly. Peter Parker as the worried father and protecting his family at all costs is something Spider-fans may not have even known they needed, but are certainly happy to be reading now.
Renew Your Vows must be a fun book to draw, allowing Adam Kubert to take a stab at re-designing some iconic villains. He does a swell job of it and his take on the members of the Sinister Six is tastefully different. At another point, Mary Jane is having flashbacks to some iconic Spider-Man moments (that all look really great) and her expressions allow for us to easily comprehend her emotions throughout what could have been a messy couple of panels. There is one moment where MJ is indistinguishable from her daughter and occasionally the coloring of the backgrounds seems ill-fitting, but otherwise the artwork here is of the same quality as readers have come to expect in a Spider-Man book.
Renew Your Vows has so far lived up to the expectations placed on it by web-head fanatics. Although it’s taken a different route than many expected, it is a welcomed return to many Spider-Man elements that have been missing from some of Dan Slott’s more recent Spidey work.