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In this week’s ‘Who’s Getting What’ post I proclaimed that I would not be picking up Amazing Spider-Man until Dan Slott comes back. Well, he’s coming back to write the book in January and it looks like this will be well worth the wait for me. Slott is bringing my favorite post-OMD Spidey artist Marcos Martin and my favorite Spidey villain Mysterio with him for the ride. I really can’t put into words how fucking excited I am for this little run. The above cover for issue #619 is so damn striking. That ‘Amazing’ logo reminds me of the days when this used to be my must have comic every month.

J.

Here are the solicitations and the cover to issue #618 as well:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #618
Written by DAN SLOTT
Pencils & Cover by MARCOS MARTIN
Variant Cover by JOE QUINONES
MYSTERIOUS: Chapter One
“Un-Murder Incorporated”
MYSTERIO is back from the dead…and he’s not alone!
When deceased members of the Maggia crime family return from beyond the grave, the balance of power shifts in their gang war with Hammerhead and the Inner-Demons. Can Spider-Man and crime scene investigator, Carlie Cooper, solve this mystery…before it gets a little too personal?
PLUS: Secret sides of both Mr. Negative and J. Jonah Jameson Sr. revealed, a disturbing turn for Aunt May, the reappearance of ANOTHER Spider-Villain — all this and the return of Dan Slott & Marcos Martin to the pages of Amazing Spider-Man.
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #619
Written by DAN SLOTT
Pencils & Cover by MARCOS MARTIN
MYSTERIOUS: Chapter Two
“Re-Appearing Act”
SPIDER-MAN versus MYSTERIO!
How long can Mysterio play with Spidey’s head before the web-slinger finally snaps?! The mind games keep ratcheting up as the body count goes up, down, and…into the negatives? Some bad guys just won’t die and others can’t stay dead! So which long-thought deceased Spider-Man character is back now?! It may only be January, but get ready for the most unbelievable Spider-Man moment of the year!
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

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That Tickles

Title: The Amazing Spider-Man #600
Writers: Dan Slott ,Stan Lee, Mark Waid, Bob Gale, Marc Guggenheim, Zeb Wells, Joe Kelly
Art: John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, Marcos Martin, Colleen Doran, Mario Alberti, Mitch Brietweiser, Derec Donovan
Covers: Alex Ross, John Romita Jr., John Romita Sr.
Publisher: Marvel
Price: $4.99

I am going to start off this little review buy saying that all #600 issues are NOT created equal. This week we saw two Marvel titles reach that milestone: The Amazing Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk. The only thing these two books have in common are their price, page count, and stunning covers by Alex Ross. One of these comics was a tribute to history, a respectful handling of cherished characters and a love letter to fandom. The other was an outright joke, a swift kick to the pants and a regretful purchase to say the least.

The main story in Amazing Spider-Man by Dan Slott and John Romita Jr. clocks in at an astonishing 62 pages. That is not a typo. 62 PAGES! Hats off to both of these guys for their work here. Slott’s writing, Romita Jr.’s art and both of their professionalism help this book read like the milestone that it is. It feels that absolutely no corners were cut putting this together. You have everything from a team-up with Daredevil, the wedding of Aunt May, cameos of The Fantastic Four & New Avengers, the return of Doctor Octopus and the reintroduction of a certain redhead into the post One More Day storyline. Arghhh…One More Day. Yes, there are some small elements of this issue that deal with repercussions of that storyline but not enough to take away any enjoyment I felt reading this.

Bringing back Otto Octavious has been long overdue and I like the way that Slott handles it. Doc Ock been on the receiving end of one too many beat downs and his body is beginning to give out on him. Before that happens though he wants to make one last impact on New York but one for the better. With all of his good intentions though it seems he can not catch a break thanks to that meddlesome Spider-Man. And so the rest of the story plays out in classic comic book fashion and while the story doesn’t break any new ground it is a reminder to how much fun Spider-Man comics can and should be. I did enjoy the Spidey/Johnny Storm team-up toward the end quite a bit. It does a good job of showing what good friends these two are and the witty banter between them never gets old (in the hands of a good writer I should say).

This issue ran about 104 pages in length. Not one of those pages was an ad or some useless reprint filler. It was ALL original material which has to be a first for Marvel. If am going to pay $4.99 for a comic this is exactly what I want for my money. Though the back-up stories can’t quite compare to the main one they were each enjoyable in their own right with me favorite being the one about Uncle Ben written by Mark Waid.

I remember not too long ago that Joe Quesada felt the need to retcon Peter Parker’s marriage because “there were no good stories to tell about a married character” or something similar. How long is it going to be before he decides to retcon the marriage of Aunt May? Obviously now there will be no more awesome stories to be told with her. I can see Joey Q. killing her off in about a year because of this.

It should also be noted that Spider-Man is the character that got me interested in reading comics so I do have a fondness for him. With all the crap that the character has endured in the last few years thanks to Marvel editorial, it’s nice to see good, enjoyable stories can still being told with him.

J.

Ok, after being gently admonished by Dan Slott, I bit…I returned to my local shop and bought Amazing Spiderman #546 & #547. (Yeah, #547 was $2.99 as promised.) So, what did I think about it?

Well, at least it was fun. There’s a devil-may-care (pun unintended) attitude about it right now that takes it light-years away from the One More Day storyline, just as Mr. Quesada indicated it would. Dan Slott’s script is pretty breezy and harkens back a bit to the days where Spidey was pretty much a Charlie Brown in superhero tights. And I always rate how a writer handles Spidey with how clever Webhead’s quips are in a brouhaha. (The exchange he had with all the goombahs in ASM # 547 made me chuckle.)
Hmmm…guess we have our ‘pre-9/11’ Spiderman back. Although, I still don’t get how he appears to be younger than he was before OMD, or are they saying that marriage in the Marvel U ages you prematurely? (Doesn’t it do the same in real life? Rimshot.)
On a related note, I think I like this idea of running ASM like a television show with rotating writers, but let’s see how it turns out in the execution.

Since comments aren’t readily visible on this blog, in the interest of fairness I wanted to post Dan Slott‘s (Amazing Spiderman, The Initiative) rebuttal to my last post:

“I am happy to tell you that your friend is wrong, sir.

This was a SPECIAL LARGER SIZED issue of ASM– featuring an extra 3 pages of lead story, three back up tales, a special fact sheet by Romita Jr. (in the style of those old Ditko fact sheets: How Spidey’s Mask Works, Who are Spidey’s Friends?, etc.), and a return of the letters page!
A total of 14 extra pages of art and story (plus one editorial page) for just one buck!

And… With THIS week’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #547, the price goes back down to the AVERAGE price of $2.99! And that’s where it’s staying, sir! $2.99 an issue! Three times a month!

So… Both THIS Weds. and NEXT Weds… EXPECT to GET 22 pages a pop of ALL-NEW STEVE McNIVEN ART!

With covers… That’s 46 gorgeous Steve McN pages!!!”

I stand corrected. I will say again, for the record, that I really would like to see Mr. Slott’s career take off from this venture. I have no personal vendetta or ax to grind over the whole OMD scenario (outside of paying for reprinted material), and I can even play the advocate for the ‘hows and whys’ certain creative decisions were made. But I do feel like sometimes we get played as fans and it just comes out pretty snarky.

And in his defense, it must suck for Slott to be constantly on the lookout for the kind of snark that can affect a person’s career. (Not that I expect this lil’ blog to be all that influential, but hey, he took the time to write.) Bad press, misinformed opinions, all can sink even the most well-meaning endeavors.

I’ll try to be mindful of that in the future.