Review: Amazing Spider-Man #1

Amazing_Spider-Man_1_Cover“Yes! This is what being a Spider-Man is all about! Swinging through the sky–a New York sky–patrolling the city. Every moment a chance to make a difference. To fight the good fight.
– Peter – Thinking to himself

Not only is Peter Parker back, but so are his quick-witted comebacks. “Silly Rabbit. That’s what you get for putting all your Faberge Eggs in one basket.” Lol, love it…and the numerous other one-liners in the first few pages alone! Glad your back Peter. Peter Parker has, indeed, returned in Marvel’s new Amazing Spider-Man #1 and he has a lot of cleaning up to do after the mess that Doc Ock created and left from the past 30 plus issues as Superior Spider-Man. The task before him may seem insurmountable to most, but we have faith That Peter will rise to the task and throw in a few one-liners in as well.

I had thought for a moment that ASM #1 would be a sort of reboot for the Spider-Man franchise, since Marvel decided to renumber the issue #1 instead of continuing to #701. Then I thought, “Where would all those problems and situations that Doc Ock created go?”. So, what we ended up with is a new element to Spidey’s history and our beloved Peter Parker is thrust into repairing his image, career and relationships at the same time. Leave it to the amazing Dan Slott to conjure up another intriguing and unique story for Spider-Man immediately after the Superior Spider-Man chapter ends.

The first arc is aptly named “Lucky To Be Alive” and, as mentioned, begins with an added element to Spidey’s history. As we all know (you should know this), Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and subsequently gained its speed, agility, and proportional strength. What we didn’t know is that someone else, a female, was also bitten on the ankle by that same spider. We don’t know who she is, but we should find out before 2014 is over. It will, no doubt, be a great story that Dan Slott introduces to Spidey’s world and I am very curious who it could be.

Parker’s first real villain in ASM is the bad-guy group, The Menagerie. He takes them down with ease, and you know he is back when you catch yourself smiling and/or laughing at all of his one-liners. A lot of problems arise out of this much anticipated first issue and we can tell right away that Parker will have his hands full for quite some time. He will have to deal with Electro and the other prisoners at Conway Penitentiary that escaped when it was destroyed from the Goblin attack.

While Peter is catching up with everything Doc Ock left in his wake he figures out that Doc wasn’t just twiddling his thumbs in the Spidey suit. He is now the owner and founder of Parker Industries as well as receiving his doctorate. I am sure he can pull that off because he is a genius after all, but Doc wasn’t all about the Spidey suit and getting degrees. He fell in love…as Peter Parker. Not only did he fall in love, but he was going to marry her. Which, of course, Anna Maria figures that out and patiently waits for Peter to return home. She figures out something else too, but I won’t spoil that for you. I don’t think anything could have prepared our webbed hero for how to handle this situation.

As much as I loved Superior, I am glad to have Amazing Spider-Man back on my Pull-List. The ink by Humberto Ramos is nothing short of outstanding and is a staple of of this franchise. Every page jumps out at you and the colors really pop in each and every panel. Edgar Delgado does an equally impressive job. Dan Slott appears to have many wonderful things planned for ASM and it’s going to a great year for the fans. I enjoyed Superior Foes and Team-up and thought they were really good series (Foes was so funny). However, I would trade anything to have Peter Parker and The Amazing Spider-Man back.

Thoughts and Discussion

– I thought this was hilarious…The old woman telling Peter, “Put some clothes on! Who do you think you are? Miley Cyrus?!

– How will Captain America and The Avengers get the proof they need that this is the real Peter Parker?

– Will Peter ever access Doc Ock’s memories for anything? Or will he think it’s too dangerous to even try?

– How will Peter break the news to Maria? Is this situation going to be a big problem for him?

– One of the most important questions, I think, is ‘what happened to Doc Ock?’ Where did he go?

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Story: Dan Slott – Art/Cover: Humberto Ramos – Ink: Victor Olgaza – Color: Edgar Delgado
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy