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Subj: Amazing Spider-Man #400 through #500
Posted: Thu May 28, 2009 at 05:02:17 pm EDT (Viewed 272 times)
As I've said before, my current mission is to read every issue of ASM in order from the beginning. I just finished #400 through #500. Now unlike many of you, this is my first time reading these later issues because I'm mainly a silver and bronze collector. So if this board can stand one more review post, here's my 2 cents on these issues:
A beautiful, touching issue that gives Aunt May all the respect she deserves. It's a such a strong point in Peter's evolution as a character. He who was once a teen now steps out from the shadow of his aunt to emerge as a man with a family of his own. My wife, who is no comic book fan and merely tolerates my constant Spidey ramblings, actually cried when I told her about May on her deathbed confessing that she knew Peter was Spider-man and how proud she was of all the good things he's done.
These issues remind me of a spastic child running around in 100 different directions and accomplishing nothing.
This run continues and ends the clone saga and I couldn't care less since it was impossible to follow anyway in only the core title. I have no problem with spilling the story over into other titles, but I'm a firm believer that the core title should contain the bulk of the story and be easy to follow.
Aunt May returns with the most idiotic and moronic explanation possible. This was a HUGE slap in the face to any half way intelligent reader.
442 kicks off a reboot that doesn't feel like a reboot since there nothing new or different going on.
I enjoyed seeing John Byrne's work since I have a fondness for his style since I started collecting back in the 1980s. However, Howard Mackie's writing is as exciting as watching my lawn grow.
Mary Jane is kidnapped and I still don't know what the whole point of this was. She's presumed dead for 6 months and everyone seems barely affected as if she wasn't even a major character. Peter is so sure that she's still alive, but are we given any clues or build up to show that he's right? No, nothing. Absolutely nothing until issue 470, Mackie's last issue and good riddance.
By issue 471, something wonderful happens as J. Michael Straczynski and JR Jr take over. Peter and the cast now feel fresh and real. For the first time in a long time, Pete and MJ's marriage is integral to the series and not just an afterthought. Peter as a teacher feels like a natural progression of his character.
A stellar standout is issue #480. Not a single word of dialogue or narraration, yet both MJ and May come across as such thoughtful and complex people.
JMS made the series fun again. Before his run, it felt like work slogging through the issues. JMS's run so far is enjoyable and hard to pull myself away from. He's now jumped way up my list of favorite comic writers.
Now onto the 500s.
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