The final issues of The Amazing Spider-Man have come and gone. Due to technical issues, the episode originally planned for release was never recorded. Instead, you’re getting a blog post.
I have to admit that it wasn’t until the summer of 2012 that I started reading comic books on a regular basis. Even then I wasn’t (and am not currently) reading a series regularly. Being out of the comic book loop, I had no idea The Amazing Spider-Man was ending until a few weeks before its release.
The moment I heard that they were ending a 50-year run of the series, I had mixed feelings and a lot of questions. They weren’t killing off Peter Parker, were they? How could Marvel end a series this old?
The Amazing Spider-Man #700 was 97 pages long front to back. The last 45 pages, though, consisted of some fluff and Stan Lee’s final appearance in the Q&A section. Thanks to David, I got caught up with the story that was going on and read all 52 pages of Spidey’s final issue.
I was content with what Dan Slott did with the story. Why am I only “content”? Let me start off with what I liked. Dan Slott gave fans a good look into Peter Parker’s heart. That has been integral since Stan Lee and Steve Ditko brought him to life in 1962. It’s the reason I connect with Peter/Spider-Man.
The time-ticking pace of #700 kept me on the edge the whole time, but I already knew Peter would die in the end. (I didn’t know exactly how it was going to work, but the info was leaked online somewhere.) I’m a fan of thrillers and movies where “time is of the essence”, so the style appealed to me.
The scene in which Peter (in Doctor Octopus’ body) has a heart attack and gets a glimpse of heaven hit me hard. Having been a fan of the character and knowing so much of his history, this scene tugged at my heart strings. Especially when Uncle Ben tells Peter that he needs to stop Doc Ock. I loved the emotion that seemed to leak off the page.
Octavius’ flashbacks at the end of the book were an unexpected treat for me. Seeing him replace Peter in so many great Spider-Man moments pulled (yet again) at my emotions. And it gave me mixed feelings, too. So… what didn’t I like?
My biggest complaint with The Amazing Spider-Man #700 and the two issues before it were – oddly enough – not Dan Slott. My problem was Humberto Ramos’ artwork. It seemed sloppy to me. Seeing as this was the final issue, I would have expected something more beautiful. I’m in agreement with others who would have loved to see Sara Pichelli take on this book instead of Ramos. To some this is a minor thing, but it skewed my take on the book.
There was an ever-growing creepiness when Doc Ock (as Peter/Spider-Man) was with Mary Jane. It seemed, pardon the term, pedophilistic. But what else do you expect from a super villain, right? (Yuck.)
Doc Ock seemed to always be one step ahead of Peter during their encounters in the issue. The premise was that they shared thoughts. My question was – and still is – “If Ock can know what Peter knows, then why can’t it be the other way around?”
The flashbacks at the end of the book gave me the most mixed feelings. They were a forced device, though. As if readers could not accept Peter Parker was dead and Doc Ock would become Superior Spider-Man.
All in all, I would have to recommend The Amazing Spider-Man #700 to anyone that loves Spider-Man. It’s a good read and actually makes me want to see what tricks Dan Slott has up his sleeve for Superior Spider-Man. By the way, I have read issue one of Superior and have to say that I wasn’t too impressed. I’ll be keeping an eye on it, though, because like I said, I do love me some web-slingin’.