Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man’s mission statement is basically right there in its title. Whereas Amazing Spider-Man continues to serve as the flagship, continuity-defining Spider-Man comic, this spinoff series is more concerned with exploring the smaller day-to-day struggles of Peter Parker and his supporting cast. It’s enough to question how much Marvel actually needs a book like this when there’s been so much emphasis on restoring Peter to a more traditional status quo in the pages of ASM lately. But with a creative team this talented, what more reason do you need?
Much like with its predecessor, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, the creative team is the main selling point. Writer Tom Taylor is the main who took a premise as inherently unappetizing as “evil, tyrannical Superman” and gave us the shockingly good Injustice: Gods Among Us tie-in comic. This series reunites Taylor with one of his All-New Wolverine collaborators, artist Juann Cabal. The result is every bit as good as you’d expect.