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Credits & Solicit Info:
Story by: Dan Slott
Art by: Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba, Karl Kesel
Colors by: Edgar Delgado
Letters by: VC - Joe Caramagna
Cover by: Humberto Ramos, Edgar Delgado
Publisher: Marvel ComicsCover
Release Date: Wed, October 26th, 2011
The final war for Spider-Island! What will it mean for Spider-Man, Manhattan, and the Marvel Universe?
Three words: Change is coming.
Big action! Big consequences! Big Time! All in the Mighty Marvel Manner!
For the last three months, Spider Island has been the best event to come out of a Big Two publisher. While it may not have the death count of Fear Itself, the reality-changing implications of Flashpoint or the dividing power of X-Men: Schism, Spider Island's strength lies in the healthy doses of excitement and fun that the Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos have brought to the event. Amazing Spider-Man #672 is a satisfying conclusion that not only neatly wraps up the Spider Island event, but also sets up some future storylines that's sure to excite even the most embittered Spider-Fan.
Amazing Spider-Man #672 opens with Steve Rogers and Venom teaming up to take down the Queen, a scene that is fleshed out fully in Venom #8. After the Queen reveals her own grotesque endgame, Spider-Man and Kaine team up against her before Spider-Man discovers a unique and satisfying solution to not only beats the bad guy, but also cures the city's inhabitants of their spidery infection. Spider-Man's solution to saving the day is a nifty little twist that, while unexpected, gives fans of the post-One More Day Spider-Man a little "aha" moment.
While Slott's solo run on Amazing Spider-Man has not always been the greatest, his strong plotting skills really shine in Spider Island. Spider Island had more plot points than either Fear Itself or X-Men: Schism while juggling a large cast of characters and multiple tie-in series. Despite all of this, Slott kept the story moving and utilized every page available to full effect while setting up a few plotlines for the next chapter in his run, including one that should please a lot of Spider-Man/Mary Jane fans. Slott also uses superior characterization throughout the series and gave many members of Spider Island's cast a little time to shine. Slott and penciller Humberto Ramos also really brought a dynamic feel to the book that added a level of excitement to the plot.
However, Spider Island wasn't a perfect event. Several key plot points were depicted in the Venom tie-in arc as opposed to the main series, the main villain was underwhelming, the plot was oftentimes very dialogue- and exposition-filled and Slott often added one too many quips (in a very Bendis-like fashion) in several of his scenes. While these flaws weakened the event, they were usually masked by Slott's whirlwind pacing, which kept the story bouncing scene from scene.
What really made Spider Island stand out, to me at least, was how well Slott showcased how unique and important Spider-Man and his alter ego both are to New York City. From Peter Parker's role in subduing the initial riots, to Spider-Man's interactions with J. Jonah Jameson, to Peter/Spider-Man's relationships with his co-workers, friends, fellow heroes and even his clone, Spider Island captured the endearing qualities that make Spider-Man so popular with fans. This is all depicted so well in the final chapter of Spider Island, especially in the two-page spread in which Spider-Man realizes that he's about to save the day and smiles.
Spider Island is an infectiously fun event that reminded me how unique and spectacular Spider-Man can be. Slott and Ramos should be congratulated for creating an event that showcases how fun and entertaining the world of Spider-Man can be. Spider Island might not be the most epic event released this summer, but it certainly is the most fun and enjoyable.
Review by: Christian Hoffer
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