Amazing Spider-Man #597
Joe Kelly writes an amazing comic. He has all the touches right, there is adequate foreshadowing like when Norman tells the Avengers that he knows where his enemies are. You know he knows that Spidey is there at that point, even if Checchetto isn't quite up to the scripts chops.
I am confused over the pheromone stuff, did that come from Daken our Sprinklers in the ceiling? If it came from Daken, what? If it came form the ceiling, why? Maybe the idea is to show that Osborn and his cronies have figured out every angle. Is Menace in on all this, is it a show to get Harry where Norman wants him? How deep is the conniving here?
The big cliffhanger was a shock and took me aback. Problem is, with the parade there was for the somewhat inconsequential and expected return of Steve Rogers, are we supposed to believe that Marvel kept mum about 598 being the biggest event in Spider-Man, well, ever? Maybe Steve is gonna be the new Spidey and that is why everyone will want Reborn.
The art looks like some Marvel colored IDW/Boom house art. That's not a good thing. Then again Jimenez hasn't exactly been rocking his Spider work either. If I were more interested I would go pull out his old issues and Swing Shift and see if it is an inker or coloring problem, but I don't care enough and this guy isn't even as good as that sub par work. Disappointing really, amateurish at best.
Spidey has been great for a while and this story has been awesome, but this issue feels like a bit of decompressed nonsense with no real meat to it. Solid book, not spectacular or amazing.
Overall 6 (weighting the story a little heavy for this one, cause it isn't Kelly's fault he got handed a fill in artist)