Writer – Dan Slott, JM DeMatteis, Jen Van Meter
Artist – Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncol, and Stephanie Buscema
Contains MAJOR SPOILERS!
Nothing is forever.
The final issue of perhaps the most iconic of comic books, Amazing Spider-Man, by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos wins ‘Comic of the Week’ by default due to the Holidays and therefore reduced shipping.
The issue itself is somewhat of a damp squib, and whilst no-one is better than Marvel at fond farewells, the issue lacks the necessary tension and gravitas.
In Amazing Spider-Man #700 Slott has written Peter Parker’s eulogy. Undoubtedly, he loved the character, however, it isn’t the magnum opus he or I wanted, or the character deserved.
Whilst Otto Octavius bests his nemesis, Peter Parker, his character arc over the course of the issue is largely unbelievable, blame for which lies at the feet of Slott. It’s poorly conceived, written and feels rushed.
Furthermore the issue does nothing to entice the reader to Marvel NOW!’s Superior Spider-Man next month – unless you’re interested in Doc Ock running round in a Spider-Man costume.
Ramos’ art, however, is a revelation during the action sequences; the kinetic energy of his panels is beyond belief. Despite the extended page number, the quality doesn’t suffer. This is perhaps the best issue of his run.
The less said about the back-up stories, the better – solely there to justify the inflated cover price, which was also beyond belief.
An ill-fitting end to a 50 year story.
And so Peter Parker’s reign as the Amazing Spider-Man ends not with a bang but with a whimper.
But remember, nothing is forever.