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May 8, 2014 / Jett

The Amazing Spider-Man #1 Review

Will the real Peter Parker please stand up? Unbeknownst to most of the world during the recently-completed Superior Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus’ conscious was actually inside Peter’s body due to a last ditch effort on Doc’s part to cheat death. Before Peter ultimately regained control, Doc Ock had made some dramatic changes to the status quo that he must now deal with. This extra-large Amazing Spider-Man #1 picks up shortly after Peter Parker gets his body back. Through its feature story and a number of bonus vignettes, this debut issue lays the groundwork for the world that the good doctor left behind.

While I applaud Marvel for their efforts to shake things up with Superior Spider-Man, I found Doc Ock’s rendition of the character from the few issues I read with him in it to be repulsive. Doc was essentially the polar opposite of what made Peter Parker great in the first place, which I found very hard to swallow. Simply having him return with his signature wisecracks and good-spirited heroics is a victory in itself.

It also doesn’t hurt that this initial tale contains sharp writing from Dan Slott and clean art from Humberto Ramos. Spidey’s first conflict is with a two-bit costumed gang, but Slott makes it interesting in a hilarious way that still ties into the greater narrative. The other vignettes here range from okay to solid, though they all help lay the groundwork for things to come.

Welcome home, Peter. The Amazing Spider-Man #1 marks the return of the iconic webslinger in a new and interesting challenge. How does he reconcile all of the things that Doc Ock did while he was in his skin? There’s much work to be done for Peter, and this does a great job of laying the groundwork for things to come.

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