Warning! Spoilers ahead for Amazing Spider-Man #60 from Nick Spencer and Mark Bagley
In the latest issue of Marvel Comics’ Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker is still spiraling from his trauma at the hands of Kindred, the demonic version of his best friend Harry Osborn. When Kindred managed to capture Spider-Man in prior issues, he used his unsettling powers to continually kill and resurrect Peter multiple times over, trying to get him to admit his greatest sin, while also trying to make the webslinger realize all the hurt, loss, and pain he’s caused his loved ones over the years. While Kindred has since been captured and Spider-Man freed, the multiple traumas still remain for Peter, as he’s processing through what he feels to be the biggest lie he’s told himself since his origins as Spider-Man: the pain he’s caused to those closest to him.
Amazing Spider-Man from writer Nick Spencer and Mark Bagley has seen Spider-Man carrying this trauma from his time with Harry, and he hasn’t dealt with it quite so well. He nearly beat Harry’s father Norman (a supposedly reformed Green Goblin) to death when he uncontrollably lashed out, and he gladly took on an entire legion of Mr. Negative’s enforcers, really wanting something or someone to fight and hit. It also didn’t help that they were threatening Aunt May. Having his aunt in danger as a result of Spider-Man’s actions was exactly Kindred’s point, and Spider-Man is starting to lose it as a result.
Thankfully, Mary Jane has come up with a way for Peter to start working through his trauma in Amazing Spider-Man #60. Taking him to an abandoned theater, MJ tells Peter to imagine that Harry was standing on stage right in front of him and to just start talking as if he was there. While he was initially reluctant, Peter eventually agrees, confessing to “Harry” that he’s absolutely right. Peter feels as though he’s been lying to himself about the truth of his actions as Spider-Man for years, ever since he first put on the mask as a teenager.
At the moment, Spider-Man is feeling as though the price of his loved ones’ pain and suffering outweighs the good he’s done. No matter what, he’s unable to break free of the cycle he’s trapped in, and he finally vocalizes the lie he feels he’s been telling himself since the beginning. Thankfully, Mary Jane was there to help him process his trauma, and he may be able to actually move forward and start healing as a result (while also trying to beak said cycle). While Peter still has no idea what he did to make Harry the way he is (thanks to the devil Mephisto), he can’t help but feel in his subconscious that he’s responsible, and therefore feels guilty.
Regardless of Kindred, the fact that Peter Parker feels as though he’s been lying to himself about the price of his actions is a lie itself. The good Spider-Man has done far outweighs the negatives that have resulted. He’s saved the world countless times when no one else could. Conversely, Spider-Man has the opportunity to try and break the cycle, which is something he should absolutely do in order to better keep his loved ones safe and protected going forward. Amazing Spider-Man #60 is in stores now.