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Review: Amazing Spider-Man #673

Geek Readers reviews the epilogue to the Spider-Island event: Amazing Spider-Man #673





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This may be a strange statement to make, but this issue - the epilogue to the Spider-Island event - is a pretty good starting point for someone jumping into Spider-Man's world.  I've been holding back at picking up Spider-Man again because it's been in the middle of this event and I've been a little burned out on events this year with Fear Itself from Marvel and The New 52 from DC.  But I've heard great things about this one, so I figured I'd go ahead and pick it up now instead of next month.


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  As a new reader I got a pretty good idea of what happened with the whole Spider-Island thing, but more importantly they established all the other things going on with Peter's life right now.  The humor is abundant as all the heroes and other people that had been turned into giant spiders are waking up naked and trying to figure out what exactly to do next.  It was nice to see Damage Control show up to help with recovery, it's been a while since I've seen them myself.  We also get a glimpse of the Jackal showing up to nab some DNA from the giant Spider-Queen that was killed, apparently a clone of his was killed during the event as he was mixed up in it somehow.  I have mixed emotions about his answer that he is a "mad scientist" and can get a "computer to do whatever he wants".  It both annoyed me as a weak idea, but amused me that they just slap you in the face with it.  Which somehow makes me accept it.

  As for Peter's life we get to see him give his Aunt May a send off as she heads out of town with her husband Jay.  Peter's clone Kaine also pops up to say goodbye as he wants to get a fresh start elsewhere and anyone following comic news knows he is going to be in his own book soon as the new Scarlet Spider.  Peter's current girlfriend has figured out he is Spider-Man and due to being lied to breaks it off with him.  From this we find out a spell Dr. Strange cast for him to help hide his identity was weakened during Spider-Island because he was public about his powers and is now useless.  (And of course can't be recast again - damn you magic!)  Spider-Man gets a pat on the back from some city workers that tell him how, after running around with his powers for a time, realize he is just a regular guy like them when you get down to it and tell him "he's good people".  We see J. Jonah Jameson, now the Mayor of New York talking to Robbie Robertson about all the stuff that went down and Robbie trying to get Jonah to cut Spider-Man some slack.  They wrap up the issue with him tracking down MJ to give her the cure she has been avoiding while she enjoys swinging around the city and she makes Spidey realize that New York does appreciate him.  
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   I think all of that was a pretty good re-introduction to the world of Spider-Man and I'm finally looking forward to getting back into the character that first got me into comics.  I've heard that Spider-Island was great and if this issue is any indication then it probably was and I'll have to nab the trade.  But for anyone like me wanting to jump in, now is the time.








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Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea.  Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California.  When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead.  Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim.  If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.

 


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