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Subj: Re: Amazing Spider-Man #594 - Thoughts
Posted: Thu May 21, 2009 at 12:57:21 pm EDT (Viewed 18 times)
Reply Subj: Amazing Spider-Man #594 - Thoughts
Posted: Thu May 21, 2009 at 09:30:08 am EDT (Viewed 297 times)

    Hey gang,

    Here are my thoughts on the latest issue of Amazing Spider-Man. Firstly, I have to say that it was another sastifying issue by Mark Waid and artists Mike McKone and Barry Kitson! I absolutely love how there are constantly subplots, both small and large, concurrenly running along the main plot. The writers have been doing a great job with that. I've said it before but it so reminds me of the DeMatteis era on Spectacular Spider-Man. With Amazing Spider-Man #600 only a couple of months away, the stories, including this one, have been very entertaining, as of late. I'm loving it!

    Artwise, I am surprised at how well the transition from McKone to Kitson and vice-versa is so flawless. Without spending any time analyzing all the pages thoroughly, I really can't figure out which artist pencilled what page. The transition was seamless, IMHO. When inked properly, these two guys can produce some really nice looking work. Kudos to them.

    I think Waid does a very respectable job on this issue. He's moving the main plot along steadily and the subplots are interspersed very well throughout the story. He's probably one of my favorite writers on the Spider-Man titles at the moment. I have to admit that when it was first announced that he would be one of the writers, I had little faith that he was going to do all that great, so I'm very much pleasantly surprised.

    In no specific orders, here are some of the revelations this issue:

    - The new Vulture has no connection to the old Vulture, Adrian Toomes. Spidey gets confirmation of this when he visits Toomes in prison.
    - The new Vulture was transformed into this creature unwillingly, if I understand correctly. He is pretty pissed off at the people who did that to him.
    - Spider-Man may have been blinded (temporarily) by the new Vulture's acid that was spewed in his face but he manages to send his opponent away by using his other available senses, mainly his trusty spider-sense.
    - The person that's been taking care of the Gonzales-Parker apartment is none other than Vin's sister, whom we first met a little while ago, when she represented him at his trial for the spider-tracer incident. That's whom I guess it would be and I'm looking forward to see how everything plays out, seeing as how Peter and she first ran into each other (he was naked, coming out of the shower).
    - Peter handles the Aunt May / JJJ Sr. romance better than I thought he would. He knows how good of a man JJJ Sr. is - based on their encounter in the tunnels when he was Spider-Man - so he gives his blessing. Later JJJ Sr. proposes to Aunt May, after courting her for just about a month, and she accepts.
    - People are back to hating Spider-Man when he and the new Vulture end up crashing into a baseball stadium during their battle. There is some kind of baseball thingie going on (sorry, I don't have the book in front of me to get the right terminology and I hate baseball) and Spidey and the new Vulture interrupt this, which is apparently a big NO NO.
    - At issue's end, Peter realizes that he's not being Spider-Man 24/7 because of J. Jonah Jameson's new position as NYC mayor; he's doing it because his arch enemy, Norman Osborn, is at the head of the now defunct SHIELD. When he swings away into the night, there is some kind of weird greenish tentacle thingie that shows up where he was last seen...Doc Ock maybe??

    Please share your thoughts about the issue.



I thought it was ok but not that great. We didn't really learn anything about this Vulture besides that Toomes has nothing to do with him. Toomes heard that the mob or someone made him into a monster but that doesn't mean that is what happened. Why does he eat people? If he is so strong and fast, why is he only eating the weak? If he wants to get back at them, why is only picking off weak underlings?

So everyone in the city will start hating Spider-man because he captured a monster but it interupted a Yankees game? Everything good he has done over the last few days is forgotten? Seems a little too much.

One of the things about the whole 24/7 thing was how Peter did not check in with anyone. He was gone for 2 months where no one heard from him and he didn't let anyone know he was ok. More importantly he didn't make sure anyone was ok. He didn't bother to find out who took care of the apartment or anything. It was very childish, irresponsible, and selfish of him not to check on anything or anyone. I also am disappointed that he did all of this to not think about Osborn being in charge. It is his fault to a degree and he should feel guilty but hiding from his responsibilities by being childish is very disappointing to see.

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