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Review: Amazing Spider-Man #644

This is like the love child of Speed, Jackie Chan and Buster Keaton.

Spidey's hopeless race to save Norman Osborn's bastard baby escalates as Vulture, Vermin, Rhino, Mysterio and the Chameleon join the gauntlet of villains.
 

The Good

Good lord, does Waid know how to play on your expectations. I was genuinely surprised by the introductions of Mysterio and the Chameleon, and Spidey's solution to Rhino's rampage was truly unpredictable. More importantly, none of them felt like cop-outs to ease the plot along. Character drove the plot, not the other way around. I was hesitant about Azaceta's art in the first issue I read, but I've warmed up to his depiction of Spidey in this issue. The style of rendering really adds to the breathless, urban feel and to the sense of weight of every blow and setback.

The Bad

The drawback of pitting Spidey against such an insurmountable odds is that, at the same time, it makes it a little harder to believe that he wouldn't already be defeated. He's got his entire rogues' gallery coming after him as well as the entire NYPD and every nosy New Yorker with a camera phone. It might've been a lie on the Chameleon's part, but his line about everybody in NY knowing exactly where Spidey is begs the question of why he isn't already cornered.

The Verdict - 4/5

This has proven to be one of the most frenetic, fast-paced thrillers I've ever seen Spidey involved in. It's like some wonderful love child of Jackie Chan, Buster Keaton and Speed -- meaning you've got serious drama and impressive physical humor to underlay the relentless action. The revelations at the end of this were just intense procession of nailbiters -- I really need to see the next issue of ASM, and now!
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Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Sounds impressive.

Posted by NXH

All I am looking forward to is Dan Slot's run with Ramos and Casselli.

Posted by ImperiousRix

Got the first two issues of this arc and definitely planning on picking this up.  It's, at the very least, a really fun story, even if it feels a bit like a re-treading of well-worn Spidey territory.

Edited by InnerVenom123

I hate the art, but I love this story idea so much.

Posted by Koz

This story Arc is much improved from the last one. Looking forward to this issue.
Posted by Matezoide2

wich Rhino is this? Aleskei or the new guy?

Posted by webhe4d

this arc is just as good as the grim hunt for me.. and the art is kinda growing on me. Don't want it forever, but so far I haven't had any real problems with it

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

Y'know uh Spidey *clears throat and twitches* if  uh you were to........drop the kid off the gerorge washington bridge...um im pretty sure no one would notice. 
 
 
lol im kidding. but the Goblin did it first
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Posted by spidey 15
@InnerVenom123 said:
" I hate the art, but I love this story idea so much. "
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Posted by DH69

personally i HATE the art, and im waiting for this arc to end, and move on to hopefully a better writing team

Posted by Matezoide2
Posted by InnerVenom123
Posted by k4tzm4n

This story does nothing but undersell the villains I love. 
 
Shocker and Tombstone dropped by a single strike? Mysterio creates an illusion and just stands behind Parker? RAWRRRRRRRRRR
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Posted by k4tzm4n
@Matezoide:
I highly recommend reading the story arc about Rhino.  It's an emotional masterpiece.
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Posted by Morpheus_
I'm mostly waiting for this arc to wrap up, so that Slott will take the reigns of the book.
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Posted by spidey 15
@k4tzm4n said:
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This story does nothing but undersell the villains I love. 
 
Shocker and Tombstone dropped by a single strike? Mysterio creates an illusion and just stands behind Parker? RAWRRRRRRRRRR "
Oh come on. Look at the bright side. It was an amazing issue with a lot of action IMO. 
=] 
Posted by NexusOfLight

It was great. The art's grown on me. I'm havin' fun readin' it. Love it to death.

Posted by madthoughts

I'm a fan of post OMD Spidey, but the art has to improve a little bit. Honestly, I need some more flash, some zip, some modern lines.  
 
I can really appreciate more indie, or throwback styles, but ASM is a flagship, not a third-tier Spidey title. I was spoiled bu Quesada's work in OMIT.

Posted by ngroove