g_man's The Amazing Spider-Man #655 - No One Dies Part One of Two: Awakening review

Spider-Man's Has Just a Tiny Bit of Guilt Going On

After the death of a character last issue, Spider-Man has his worst nightmare, visits from all the dead in his life. 
 

The Good 

Last issue we had the surprise death of a supporting cast member. Death isn't anything new to Spider-Man comics and this issue serves to remind us of all the dead in Peter Parker's life. You never really realize just how dangerous it is to be part of his inner circle.  
 
The issue almost has two parts to it. The first deals with the death of the character and the second is Peter's nightmare. Marcos Martin's art is incredible. Starting with the simple yet powerful cover to the dynamic layouts inside, this issue is quite a trip.  
 
The entire issue isn't just about Spider-Man dealing with death. There are a couple storylines moving out of this that really jump out towards the end. With the proclamation made at the end, it's going to be interesting to see where it goes from here. 
 

The Bad 

I read this week's Fantastic Four #588 right before reading this. Maybe because that dealt with the death of a more important character, I didn't quite feel the emotion here. Without giving it away to those that haven't read last issue, the main person in mourning here was portrayed well but it still wasn't quite the tearjerker FF was. When Peter was having his nightmare about all the dead people in his life, there were some sort of disturbing images. I get that that was the point but it almost felt like the art was trying too hard to be shocking. 
 

The Verdict  

I've been loving Spider-Man's new direction since BIG TIME started. The fun and excitement takes a slight halt here as everyone deals with the death from the last issue. The art and direction of the story takes you on a strange trip. The main problem is there seems to have been a lot of character deaths in the last month so seeing yet another memorial-type issue brings the impact of the story down a little. There are a couple new developments towards the end that are worth keeping an eye on in the coming months.
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Edited by jakob187

The issue was great, but I think it was very difficult to "read" the issue without saying "wait, they did this same thing in Fantastic Four #588, so this is kind of a cop-out and rehash".  However, I really enjoyed Martin's art.  It has a certain Tim Sale-ish quality to it, and the colors were great.
 
Nonetheless, good issue.  Glad I finally decided to jump on. 
 
Gotta say that this whole Future Foundation setup, as well as Big Time...the new Wolverine story arc and the Daken/X-23 stuff...seriously, Marvel has done a great job in the last year and a half of writing stories that offer people JUMPING-ON POINTS!  Very cool.

Edited by sora_thekey

The Bad 

I read this week's Fantastic Four #588 right before reading this. Maybe because that dealt with the death of a more important character, I didn't quite feel the emotion here. [...] When Peter was having his nightmare about all the dead people in his life, there were some sort of disturbing images. I get that that was the point but it almost felt like the art was trying too hard to be shocking.
I did the same thing. I read Fantastic Four first and then felt like the silent treatment here was lacking. I also am not a big fan of Steve Martin's art, so I agree with you. The art was "trying too hard". 
 
@jakob187 said:

" Glad I finally decided to jump on.  Gotta say that this whole Future Foundation setup, as well as Big Time...the new Wolverine story arc and the Daken/X-23 stuff...seriously, Marvel has done a great job in the last year and a half of writing stories that offer people JUMPING-ON POINTS!  Very cool. "

Welcome aboard! 
It's funny you mention that because Marvel has been doing an amazing job to create Jumping-On Points but none of those are part of the "Point 1" initiative.
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Posted by Spdylvr87
@sora_thekey: 
 
Def agree with you on the "Point 1" issues not really being good Point 1 issues as far as allegedly good Jumping-On Points; except maybe Iron Man 500.1. Amazing Spider-Man 654.1 was great as far as a Venom #0 issue since it showed Flash's first outings as Venom but that's pretty much it. And I heard from the great reviewers here on ComicVine  the Wolverine 5.1 issue pretty much sucked too as a Point 1 issue so. 
 
I also read Fantastic Four 588 right before Amazing 655 and feel like the art was kind of "trying too hard" as well. It also might be because I guess I'm just not used to Marcos Martin's art yet. I think it's growing on me as he draws more issues of Amazing but still; I loved the overall story of the issue. The funeral scence was good; agree with @G-Man that it was lacking something because the character isn't quite as important as who died in FF 588 is to that book but the fact that it happened prompted Peter's dream and it was great. I loved the double splash page showing all of the people Peter/Spidey has lost over the years. Wow. His declaration at the end and the last two pages create new storylines so I can't wait to see what happens next. I love Spider-Man, favorite comic-book character, Amazing is better now than it has been in years and that's mostly thanks to Dan Slott, he seems to be the best Amazing writer in a while.

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