REVIEW: ‘THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN’ #1 BRINGS BACK THE QUIPS, BUT FEELS LIKE A ‘SUPERIOR’ EPILOGUE
Dan Slott must have been saving up his jokes over the past 16 months or so.
The Amazing Spider-Man #1, the issue that officially reintroduces Peter Parker to the Marvel Universe after a lengthy absence during which his body was under the control of Doctor Octopus, is chock full of laugh lines that really hit. Slott, artist Humberto Ramos, inker Victor Olazaba and colorist Edgar Delgado get the tone just right, but I couldn’t help but feel that the story itself was a bit lacking in forward momentum, as the lingering effects of Superior Spider-Mandominated the issue’s lead story.
When Superior Spider-Man wrapped up in issue #31 earlier this month, that issue, strangely enough, felt like it could have been called Amazing Spider-Man #1. It was transitional, and it quite frankly featured a lot more of Peter in the webs than it did Doc Ock. This issue feels similarly transitional. Ock is seemingly totally gone now, but what he did as Spider-Man casts a shadow over nearly every page and panel.
Of course, that’s the nature of serialized storytelling. Events lead into other events, and characters deal with the repercussions. However, considering that this issue is intended, presumably, as a fresh start for new readers, possibly those enthused about Spider-Man because of the new The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie, the level to which the events of Superior Spider-Man directly impact so much of what’s going on here is a little curious. What we see here is a Peter Parker who is entirely reactive, who’s still coming to terms with how a Doc Ock acting in his body has changed his world and how he’s perceived in it. Several pages of this comic deal with the literal cleanup of what Doc Ock did. It’s Superior #32 as much as it’s Amazing #1.
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