Amazing Spider-Man #667
Art: Humberto Ramos Story: Dan Slott
Swing and a miss.
I am very excited for my first negative review. I’ve got to call it like I see it, and this one left me wondering why I had just invested $3.99 to learn two things.
- Carlie told Peter about her powers. The funny thing about this is, it happened off panel! It’s one of only two things that advance the story and we don’t even get to witness it. That tickles me. She has Spider powers and as an officer of the law she is going to use her powers for good.
- Aunt May is really leavingNew YorkforBoston. She’s still wearing that Red Sox cap, and it’s still bugging me. This seems to be a very weak plot point. We were told she was leaving last issue. Why is this being so drawn out?
- The third thing that we learn is: I can’t count. Fine. I learned three things. The final thing I learned was that none of the eleven good guys on the cover know who the real Spider-Man is due to the sheer number of Spider-People. I suppose the reason I didn’t count this in the first place is that it is lame. He would be able to talk quietly with one of them and convince them of his true identity.
I really like the art in the issue, and Dan Slott has some fun turning the tables on Peter. There’s even a touching moment in which Peter calls Aunt May “Mom”. Please keep in mind though; I paid over four dollars for this issue. I don’t understand why writers can’t throw in a few subplots for these mega-issue event stories. How about we learn there is a hi-jacker on board Aunt May’s plane? What if one of the new Spider-People kidnapped a kid? There are tons of subplots that could have been woven into the web of this storyline.
- There can’t be four things! Seriously? Again, I don’t count this one, because it’s one of those things that you just know is not going to end up being true by the end of the tale. On the final two panels Madame Web says that Spider-Man learned that “…all of his great powers are absolutely…meaningless.” Yeah, right. I just bet that at the end of this arc Spider-Man will win the day without using any of his powers. He’ll deliver everyone in a way that an average citizen could have, Don’t think so.
I may have learned four things, but that still equals a dollar a piece. That’s not a fair value. Where is the Hobgoblin? What happens to Mary Jane after Reed rescues her? Will Carlie’s Crocs stay on as she webslings? Why is she still wearing Crocs?
Is anyone still wearing Crocs?
I don’t expect this issue to go up in value. You might find it in the discount bin shortly, though ASM books tend to never make it there as a rule. The art keeps the book from being a complete dud. The writing is not bad; it’s just that nothing really happens. Most of what occurs within the book is a rehashing of things that took place in the Prelude. The Prelude was good enough to get me into the series, but after this one, I’m back out. I’ll try another title time.
I give this issue a measly 2.5 Leafs out of 5
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