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The Amazing Spider-Man #673 - Spider-Island, Epilogue: The Naked City Review

5

This might be the epilogue for Spider-Island but there is so many other loose ends being tied up along with new plot twists being set up. There might not be a lot of actual 'action' but so much is going on here and shouldn't be missed.

Spider-Island may be over and this issue serves to close out the storyline but so much more is going on here.

The Good

We rarely get to see the aftermath of the epic battles in comics. Spider-Island involved all of New York City and seeing part of the clear up process gives a sense just how big the story was. This isn't to say we should always see the clean up part but clearly it's deserved in this case. With so many superpowered and normal people involved, it's great that Dan Slott took the time to show how everyone deals with it. It adds a little more to the arc and doesn't make it feel like everything was conveniently resolved.

That being said, there isn't a lot of full on superhero action going on here. Once you see all the seeds Slott is planting for future storylines, you won't even notice the lack of action. It's important for a write to look ahead and while it puts this story to rest, it shows that the action isn't over. Spidey may be getting a tiny period of rest here but there is plenty yet to come. If you've been reading then you know issues with Kaine, Mary Jane, Carlie and more need to be dealt with. How will the people of New York City look at Spider-Man now? Will he be hated more than ever after being turned into giant spiders? It's Spider-Man's visit to Doctor Strange that could have the biggest repercussions for him.

Stefano Caselli handles the art in this issue and does a great job in simply giving a sense of size to New York City. When the scene shifts to other characters, you do feel like it's taking place in a completely different part of the city. Many times stories will feel like the everything is happening in the same place. Caselli's art also looks a tiny bit different. It might be Frank Martin's color art and it all looks very nice.

The Bad

Dan Slott is a funny guy. If you think about what happened to everyone during their transformation and how they would be left after reverting back to human, you can imagine the...awkwardness they might be facing. Slott totally addresses that. It's borderline as to whether or not he pushes it too far when the heroes confront each other in this state.

I am a big fan of Caselli's art but there are minor details that stuck out like Carlie (and others) having their glasses after spending time transformed into a giant spider and people's hairstyles. Hawkeye's hair is way too neat for what he must have just gone through. I've brought up the question before about how can Peter's hair be so styled when he spends a huge portion of his time wearing a skin tight mask. We've all experienced 'hat hair' and you would think 'mask hair' would be worse. Even Mister Fantastic looks like he visited a stylist before making his appearance. Of course this is just a teeny tiny complaint.

The Verdict

I was happy with the way Spider-Island ended but this epilogue adds so much more to the story. It's great to see the actual aftermath after a major story to add that tiny bit of realism. Too many times we see mass destruction only to find everything nice and neat in the next issue. Slott's dialogue adds some more realism as we get to see people's reactions to what's going on. The humor might be a little too much as characters are talking about quirks readers are aware of with other characters' designs. With most epilogues, the issues just wrap everything up and not much else happens. We do get to see the clean up and there might not be a ton of actual action going on but there is a lot to see here. It's a little strange seeing Caselli's art after Humberto Ramos handled all of Spider-Island but that's not a complaint. Caselli always captures the mood of characters through their expressions and Frank Martin's color art really adds a something to the already great artwork.

While putting Spider-Island to rest, the stage is being set up for future storylines and seeds are being planted all over the place. Slott is in full control of Spider-Man's future and it's easy to see that he has it all mapped out. Reading this issue gave me a feeling of excitement in what's to come and I can't wait to see what Slott has planned next. There might be a couple things I wished turned out a little differently but Spider-Island was a welcomed surprise and this final issue adds so much more to it. Spider-Man may have been given a moment to catch his breath but it's clear Slott is about to unleash more in the issues to come.

14 Comments
Posted by pulseangel666

Just the shirt Kaine wears and his talk with Peter says it all!

Posted by Kallarkz

i suppose i'll pick this up then. have been back and forth on whether or not ill continue to get this series

Posted by spider-man 2996

I loved this issue. And what Kaine was wearing I think its pretty obvious what's to come. This issue just made me so exicted for whats to come!

Posted by InnerVenom123
Posted by astrid12

I loved this issue, all that character work, I love character work. And the panels of the naked city had me laughing all over the place. And Mary Jane...how cool would it have been if Mary Jane remained with Spider-Powers...but I get it...i get it...still great issue!

Posted by CombatSpoon86

What a good ending. I was coming into this issue with a mediocre ending. Sets up alot of new things for the different characters. All I know is that I want that spider bone marrow.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

YAY Glad to hear that this story arc had a good ending. I really think Spider-Island is one of my favorite story arcs.

Posted by Primmaster64
Posted by Darkmount1

I looked at the preview for this, and I just thought the first few pages made me guffaw like crazy. Levi's--the best pants to wear in times of crisis. Or somethinglike this--"I can face any danger in my Calvins."

Posted by Eyz

I gotta say... I just love that cover! :D

Posted by thegabrielness

loved SPIDER-ISLAND! Love it! I just hope marvel doesn't do the clone saga all over again...but Kaine is cool!

Posted by kingjoeg

Favourite story arc this year

Posted by djotaku

The glasses were dealt with in Slott's self-aware humor - see the dude on the second panel on page 1. I thought this was the perfect ending to the series even if everyone has manga-hair

Posted by ShirEPanjshir

Loved this issue, it handled everything from Spider-Island amazingly well. This simply was the best event of the entire year. Which proves that a great event doesn't necessarily need to be as big as Fear Itself or Flashpoint.