Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Amazing Spider-Man #698

Holy cow!  

Comic of the year.  Easy.  Five stars, no question.  



  1. I don't know if it's a jump-the-shark moment or something I need to read to get.

  2. It wasn't a jump-the-shark moment. It was the start of a new story arc that's going to have some probably very weird consequences.

    The thing is, so many superhero books are stale because the companies are afraid to let their writers let the characters change and evolve. But Spider-Man has mostly been an exception to that; he is today a very different character than he was when he debuted, and in the interim, we've seen several different incarnations. Some haven't worked as well as others, but for the past few years, Dan Slott has been building a coherent view of the character--and his enemies--that's been distinctly different than what went before. Slott's Spider-Man has been a successful 30-year-old guy with a great job, plenty of girls interested in him, and a gig in the Avengers where he gets respect around NYC and around the world. So, bottom line, if you've been reading for a while, you can't have helped waiting for the other shoe to drop. Slott's been foreshadowing disaster for the past 100+ issues.

    This issue we finally got the payoff.