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The Amazing Spider-Man #696 - Danger Zone Part Two: Key To the Kingdom Review


It's Hobgoblin vs Hobgoblin with the fate of Peter Parker's secret on the line. With his spider senses messed up, this could be the end of Spider-Man.

The Good

HOBGOBLIN is back. The real one. The best one. As this series approaches the final issue (#700), you can feel Dan Slott and Christos Gage amping things up even more than usual. Last issue we saw Phil Urich grab Peter Parker, whose spider-senses are on overload, and carry him off to the Kingpin. With Peter's senses out of control, it might be too much for him to try to figure a way out of this mess. We were also left with Julia Carpenter, the curent Madame Web, having a seizure in response to the future visions of danger she's receiving. But the big question is, what does Phil grabbing Peter mean for his secret identity?

The story has a great old school feel combined with the modern events as we see Peter bound and facing Kingpin, surrounded by his ninja army, the Hand. This is going to be about Peter trying to figure a way out of this. He can't rely on the Avengers to come to his rescue. Although he does receive some assistance and it's from an extremely unlikely source.

As we see the events unfold, we're seeing more about Peter's "Big Time" life. There's been a feeling that things in this area will be reaching a conclusion as well as we approach the 700th issue. This adds suspense as you just can't be too sure who is going to survive past the final issue. And having an issue without really featuring Spider-Man (in costume) was pretty dang cool.

And of course, did I mention how great it was to see Hobgoblin (the real one) back?

The Bad

There's the obvious concerns over what might be happening in the title. It's a sign that we're attached to the readers and the book when we really care what could go wrong.

I enjoy Giuseppe Camuncoli's art for the most part. The scenes with the Hobgoblins was great. But I'm always put off by the way Peter is drawn. There's something about the ever present scowl on his face that makes it look like he's wearing guy-liner make up.

The Verdict

There is plenty of crazy action contained in this single issue. Peter's identity is on the line, suspicion is being aroused at Horizon Labs, Kingpin is involved and we have two Hobgoblins thrown into the mix. It's a bad day to be Spider-Man but a great day for Spider-Man readers. Dan Slott and Christos Gage are making sure THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN goes out with a bang. There is even some hints about the upcoming story after this one. I never thought I could enjoy so much Spider-Man action without the Spider-Man costume even being present. I actually feel bad for readers that aren't keeping up with THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. They are indeed missing out on the fun.

Posted by cavalierchen28

totally agree with the review. this issue was good.

Posted by Dernman

Peter finds himself in the same predicament that he was in when people knew was Spider-Man. I'd be pissed if I was him.

Posted by derf_jenkins

its silly to end amazing spidey. marvel will regret this.

Posted by Master_Thief

Can someone give me a full summary of this issue..... if its not too much trouble

Posted by TheFizz

I miss Casseli as the yin to Ramos' yang. They're a really different and distinct duo. Camuncoli just does nothing for me in terms of his artwork.

Posted by pspin

I am going to be mad if Madam Web dies...

Posted by JamDamage

I like the new Hobgoblin when it's Ramos drawing him.

Posted by Jean_Luc_LeBeau

Original Hobs is Beast Mode!

Posted by Deranged Midget

Amazing issue and the cover by McNiven is absolutely fantastic.

Posted by slvr4surfer

McNiven should draw Spidey covers for ever.

Posted by Nefilim927

So I thought I understood that everyone forgot that Peter unmasked to the public, but anyone could find out on their own accord. If that is the case, am I the only one who thinks it is utterly ridiculous that Peter's identity is still "secret"??

Posted by Owie

But I'm always put off by the way Peter is drawn. There's something about the ever present scowl on his face that makes it look like he's wearing guy-liner make up.

I agree with this!
Nice issue though.  I'm a big fan of the original Hobby, so it's good to see him back.
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Posted by jojobinks70

Great Marvel is ending Amazing Spiderman. They just ended Uncanny X-Men, now this. Honestly, I have a hard time adequately expressing my disapointment about these shortsighted decisions.