Just for clarification spoilers are on in this article and if you’ve yet to read Amazing Spider-Man #700 or Avenging Spider-Man #15.1 then I will turn off the computer right now and download it from Comixology or head down to your local comic book store and pick it up and I warn you there is going to be high demand for this book so move quickly (don’t break any speeding limits).

Since issue #698 of Amazing Spider-Man social media has gone crazy, fans have gone crazy even to the point of Dan Slott receiving death threats and via Twitter and Facebook saying that he will not be tolerating it anymore. Although he’s been poking fun at fans via Twitter the Amazing Spider-Man writer felt some fans had crossed the line.

Dan Slott has been on active duty via Twitter building speculation over the ending of Amazing Spider-Man, hyping the book to new levels and that hype has definitely been present with several comic shop owners releasing scanned images and even going as far as to sell #700 on eBay weeks before it went on sale but Marvel quickly got involved in that one. The comic has even found its way onto the torrent websites. I’ve not see so much hype surrounding a comic in such a long time and fans desperate to know the ending Amazing which leads into the Marvel NOW Superior Spider-Man.

After so much speculation and craziness the day of release has finally arrived, they picked a good week for it as DC have their Throne of Atlantis story line going on and Image have the first issue Mara, along with a few others comics out this week, so book stood a good chance of overshadowing the competition. After three issues of the fans being aware that Doctor Octopus was inside the body of Peter Parker and Peter Parker was in the dying body of Doctor Octopus. We’ve seen Doctor Octopus enjoy his new life and Peter Parker becoming desperate to get his life back, using super villains to break out of a maximum security prison which all comes to a head in this issue.

Issue #700 tells of the final battle between Peter Parker and Doctor Octopus and although I won’t reveal the ending of that battle Avenging Spider-Man looks to build on this ending to give us January’s Superior Spider-Man. This much I can say there will be a new Spider-Man in that issue #1 and it looks to be a tale of redemption and although there is a new status quo for now I’m sure in time Peter Parker will return perhaps in time for his movie sequel.

“This is the single most seismic shift in Spider-Man’s history—and it’s not something that will disappear any time soon,” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “When Spider-Man editor Steve Wacker and writer Dan Slott came to us with this story, it was clear that this was a long term plan crafted with the utmost love and respect for the character. This is the kind of story that will have fans up in arms—but also coming back to the comic stores to check out each new exciting issue.”

After reading the final issue of Amazing Spider-Man it wasn’t what I expected and I do fear picking up issue #1 of Superior Spider-Man and hope that Marvel is heading into another Clone Saga. Time will tell but for now lets enjoy this direction.

All images copyright Marvel Comics
 
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700
Written by DAN SLOTT with JM DEMATTEIS & JEN VAN METER
Art by HUMBERTO RAMOS with GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI & STEPHANIE BUSCEMA
Cover by MR. GARCIN
ON-SALE NOW!AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (NOV128135)
Written by DAN SLOTT with JM DEMATTEIS & JEN VAN METER
Art by HUMBERTO RAMOS with GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI & STEPHANIE BUSCEMA
Cover by MR. GARCIN
FOC – 1/7/13, ON SALE 1/30/13AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #15.1
Written by CHRIS YOST
Art by PACO MEDINA
Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
ON-SALE NOW!AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #15.1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (NOV128017)
Written by CHRIS YOST
Art by PACO MEDINA
Cover by PAOLO RIVERA
FOC – 1/7/13, ON SALE 1/30/13

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1 (NOV120633)
Written by DAN SLOTT
Art & Cover by RYAN STEGMAN
ON SALE – 1/9/13

Published by Mark Brassington

Father and Husband. Works in Corporate Banking. Loves Books, Comics, Cycling, Music, Games, going to the Gym and Writing.

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    1. I’m not to sure how I feel about it either.
      I’ve been wanting to get back into Spider-Man for a while now after dipping out of comics due to wife/house/baby I ended up missing 100 issues(ish). I’ve been waiting for a jumping on point and when I heard they were going to give it the Marvel Now treatment I was really looking forward to it but not as Doc Ock being Spider-Man.

      I’ll pick up Superior Spider-Man to see if I can live with it. Tim you should pick it up and let me know what you think!

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