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Subj: Amazing Spider-Man#47: Some Bits You Sin, Some Bits You Cleanse
Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2020 at 08:34:48 am EDT (Viewed 342 times)

Norah is lucky she works in journalism. After Sin Eater surprises her in her car, she shoots him, but he pops the bullet out and reveals he simply wants her to interview him, knowing her pull in media will be useful to get his message across, and in exchange she will receive some degree of power. Despite Jameson's protests, Norah transmits the interview she conducted with Stan across the country on social media, this allows people to be enticed by his words and become willing recruits of a small Sin eating army, wanting Stan to cleanse them of their sins and join him in his cause.

Peter is with Carlie and Overdrive in the hospital, Carlie tells Peter that Overdrive really spooked her her when he awoke in the morgue, but calmed down when Overdrive insisted all he wanted to do was confess to his crime and give his statement....a group of officers arrive to read him his rights and Carlie is led out of the morgue to talk with the lead officer, a friend of her fathers', but she learns quickly that his fellow officers are busy brutalising Overdrive in the morgue and that's why he's in the hospital. He'll pull through, but the officers who inflicted the damage won't be charged. Carlie tells Peter that no matter what he wants to believe, that sometimes people are just dicks and aren't being manipulated or corrupted. That they choose to sin.

Peter tracks down Stan's cult and battles Sin Eater, but having absorbed the Lethal Legion's powers he is formidable, and he easily defeats Spider-Man. Stan then taunts him, telling him his divine authority has instructed him on how to cleanse next. At Ravencroft, Count Neferia yells to his handlers that Norman Osborn is the next target

My thoughts:

Norah Winters is either blessed, cursed, or somewhere in between, she manages to escape a brush with an uncertain fate and becomes the medium for Carter's message as he encourages more of the people to join his cause. I like a lot of what Jonah has to say as he objects, suggesting the 'town square' of public opinion even found public executions acceptable at one point, but Norah is always about leading with a hot topic, no matter who's burned by it.

Also, speaking of hot spot topics, time for Marvel to get a little political with Spencer commentating on police treatment of criminals in custody. I guess the current racially charged climate in the states and across the world had to eventually be commented on here in order for Marvel to remain very much a world outside our window, and to be fair it does lead to an excellent speech from Carlie critiquing Peter's naive resolve to prove the world can sometimes be full of people who are simply misguided or influenced...and arguing that sometimes it's just full of people who choose to sin willingly.

Carlie's depiction here is again of someone a little out of her depth, both with Overdrive's revival and the situation with her father's friend, but her speech to Peter does allow her to reclaim some agency and influence over Peter's thought process later in the story.

Peter is again outfought by Stan, which makes me wonder if it's Spidey that is now becoming too much of a helpless bystander in his own comic. I get trying to knock the hero down a peg and deconstruct his beliefs and resolve, but perhaps Spencer is giving everything in that direction just too strong a nudge?

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