Saturday, February 19, 2011
I'm Befuddled--The Amazing Spider-Man #654
I haven't been following the Spider-Man comic for more than a year now, so when I pick up an issue for the Venom back-up, what do I think of the main story itself? Hint: I am utterly confused.
I had no idea what was going on in the main story of this issue. There were these things called Spider-Slayers and Peter Parker was working with some scientist who comes close to figuring out Spider-Man's identity but falls short, and Jonah Jameson is Mayor of New York or something (although I recall reading about that months ago). Yeah, this was odd. The art was nice, and the dialogue was snappy, but as I said, reading this was like trying to jump in the deep end of a pool when you don't know how to swim. Some guy is secretly a new Hobgoblin, Mac Gargan is the Scorpion again, and (spoiler alert), Jonah's wife dies, as various comics websites have commented about. The thing that makes the scene genuinely good and one of the few things I grasped is how Jonah actually responds:
We have a fun main comic even if I can barely follow it, and a great back-up, this was some solid stuff.
Main Story: 3 out of 5 stars.
Back-Up: 4 out of 5 stars.
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars.