Review: Amazing Spider-Man #18

amazing-spider-man-18-coverDoc Ock has been trapped in the body of The Living Brain since the first issue, but now it’s time for him to act!

I’ve generally enjoyed writer Dan Slott‘s run on Spider-Man. He’s taken risks which has either won fans over or created critics. I’m in the former camp as it’s his take on Spider-Man that I’ve found myself enjoying and following for the longest period.

With Dead No More on the horizon, it’s clear we’re about to enter a new phase of Slott’s plan and this issue really throws Doc Ock into the equation. We all know he’d really return at some point, it was just a question of when and how. Here, we get a better idea of the how and when part of the equation.

What’s solid about Amazing Spider-Man #18 is even though there’s lots of backstory to go through and explain, Slott masterfully recaps the important parts for new readers. Yes, eighteen issues in I’d count this issue as pretty new reader friendly. It explains key points and why some things matter. You don’t get the whole story, but enough to not be lost.

The issue also is fun for long time readers. I don’t want to spoil exactly what happens, but the cover gives you an idea as Doc Ock makes his move and also gives him some motivation to do so. Told mainly from his perspective, we get his twisted ideas and reasoning, including what body he’d want to return in and why. It’s a bit stalker-ish, but it gives us a bunch of reasons for his wanting to return.

R.B. Silva‘s art is pretty solid. We don’t get the typical Spider-Man poses, but what really stands out is the use of panels and how the pages are laid out. It’s not typical and Silva has some fun with the look of things. There’s one page that acts almost like a clock for instance and I found myself really appreciating that aspect.

The issue is a solid one. There’s a bit of a classic mad-scientist/monster movie feel to it and Slott gives us more than “must fight Spider-Man” as motivation for action. Doc Ock even comes off a bit sympathetic at times. It’s a fun issue, though not necessarily a vital one. It will catch up new readers as to some key goings on though. But even for long time readers, the issue still has more than enough to make it a fun read.

Story: Dan Slott Art: R.B. Silva
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

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