Why was this book $5, Marvel?
While DC Comics jam-packs two fun stories into one book for $2.99, Marvel forces loyal Spider-Man readers into $5 just because there is a two-page bonus story at the end or some digital bonus?
As for the actual content, I thought this was a stronger issue than in the past couple of tries from Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli. Outside of a panel where Aunt May looks more like a character from Mars Attacks! I thought it was a well-rounded artistic story with a to the T, done this 1,000,000 Spider-Man story.
Spoilers kick-in after this picture
Someone dies in this issue. Peter is too busy being Spider-Man to be there and/or save them.
It's the story any Spider-Man can outline in their sleep, and that's been shoved down our throats since Webhead has existed. The Jackal feels like Martin Shkreli with a mask on and a cat fetish.
The main story feels a little all over the place. Like, seriously, Peter is late to make it to the hospital because he is stuck doing nearly exactly the same thing as in Spider-Man 2 the movie. He's stuck holding people while his life falls apart.
Poetic. Tried. Tired.
Rating: 6.5/10 The short-story at the end of this issue, "King's Ransom," does more for the story than the main peg. Spider-Man #19 follows a formulaic, tried and tired Peter Parker story to a T.