HOLY MOSES! The ending to this issue is a HUGE shocker and all it makes you want to do is read the conclusion to this story! Seriously, this is one amazing ending to an issue. It's a reveal page that is actually shocking. I NEVER would have thought that would have happened. If you read this, do NOT spoil it for anyone else!
Thus far, this has been one of my favorite Spidey stories in the past decade. As always, Dan Slott is the perfect person to write this book. Aside from the amazing ending, we get to see a more serious side to Spidey in this issue as the world is literally at stake. Spidey does a few things he wouldn't normally do to get the answers he needs, like taking part in torture. Yep.... torture. It makes sense, given the situation. The old funny Peter Parker you know and love is essentially gone because this is not a time for fun and games. It could be the end of the world.
On top of that, Doc Ock isn't even considered the bad guy in all of this, Spider-Man technically is. The world comes together to almost praise Doc Ock and everything he's "done" for the world. It's a pretty cool twist, and I like getting the perspective of the everyday man in the 616 universe during this dire crisis.
I really liked seeing Titanium Man work with Spider-Man's team for the simple fact that many consider him a villain (even though he is a hero in his country) but he and Spidey can put aside their differences for the greater good.
I usually like Humberto Ramos' art, but in this issue, it bugged me a bit. In the beginning of the issue, long shots of characters looked a bit sloppy. The rest of the issue looked really good, but pages 2-6 had some mediocre art. Characters' faces looked warped and proportions, even for Ramos looked awkward. This only happens on these pages, and the rest of the issue looks pretty good.
Usually, I won't give something a 5 out of 5 if I have a huge problem with an aspect of the book, but I simple loved this issue. The whole story is incredibly solid, but it's those last few pages that make this an amazing issue. This is one of my favorite Spidey stories in the past decade all because Dan Slott is fantastic with this character. Spidey gets a bit more serious here, and it was great seeing Doc Ock as the hero, in the public's eyes.
On the down side, I had a big problem with Ramos' art on the opening pages. The rest of the issue was great, but the first few looked a bit rushed or sloppy for Ramos.
Overall, I love this story line and I loved this issue. I highly recommend you pick up the whole story line and give it a read. It's fantastic, and I can't wait to see how it ends!