THERE WILL BE SPOILERS TO AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 700 IN THIS REVIEW!
Please, do yourself a favor and read AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 700 now. Do not read this review of AVENGING SPIDER-MAN if you haven't gotten a hold of ASM 700. Don't read this issue if you haven't read ASM 700.
You've been warned.
What an amazing issue. I loved every page of this one, and it's the perfect compliment to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 700. I didn't know what to expect of this book, after the stunning events of ASM 700, but what we get here is a fantastic story of Doc Ock's first few days as Peter Parker without a care in the world, since the real Peter Parker is gone.
Writer Chris Yost really captures the idea of becoming someone else and adjusting to that life and lifestyle. Yost does a great job with ParkerOck's dialogue here, and I love seeing Ock come to his final conclusion at the end of the issue, especially after seeing the former version of himself be incredibly "super-villainy" on a television screen. AvSM 15.1 does feature a lot of internal dialogue from Ock, and it flows incredibly well with the story.
If you want to know how Superior Spider-Man gets his costume, then this is the issue for you. Spread throughout the issue, we get to see ParkerOck start to put together his new version of the Spider-Man costume, which involves a bit more gadgets and improvements, but not in a ridiculous way, like that armored Spider-Man from the 90s (Sorry for bringing that up). What we're left with is a costume that is a lot like the original, with some color changes, and a few additions here and there. While we don't know everything about this new costume and it's abilities, Yost gives you enough now to keep you interested.
The art team of Paco Medina on pencils, Jaun Vlasco on inks, and Dave Curiel on colors was extremely solid here. It has a clear, crisp style and the colors really pop here. Medina does a great job with facial expressions as well, which is insanely important here because one man is stuck in another man's body. This is a whole new Peter Parker, and it's shown through some great sneers and other expressions that make the character come off as arrogant. Brilliant work.
No real problems with this issue. I was blown away with it. If I want to be nit-picky, I wasn't too keen on the final splash page in this issue. Artwise, I thought it looked good, but Spidey's pose looks a tad awkward.
If you can't tell by now, I loved this issue. It was great to see Ock become Spider-Man and Peter Parker, but what I enjoyed most was seeing this costume come together. It all makes sense. While I'm sure there's tons of people not to happy with the outcome of 700, I think it's going to work fine. This is a new era of Spider-Man, and it's a very interesting change. I can't wait to see the new SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN series.
The writing and art here are top notch, and you'll be engulfed from start to finish with this issue. I didn't have any real problems with this book except I thought Spider-Man's pose on the final page was a tad awkward.
Overall, I highly recommend this issue.