Review: Amazing Spider-Man #643

Posted by Zack Freeman (683 posts) - - Show Bio

Spider-Man has to race across town with a newborn in hand while every NYC cop and his entire rogue's gallery comes gunning for him.

The Good

Waid and the rest of ASM writing staff have done a great job of updating Spidey and his mythos to the times while still keeping it all true to its roots. So this is definitely classic Spidey, here - - Peter can't catch a break as the entire world seems dead set against and, of course, the first thing to suffer is his social life. But then there's the also the added complication of just how much harder it is for him to keep his secret identiy now, in a time when every New Yorker's got a personal camera or a flipcam. I also like how they've fit Spidey's business into the goings-on of the greater MU - - how his usually-private grudge with Norman Osborn and his other foes has now become a matter of national securty in the wake of Dark Reign and Siege.

The Bad

I think Azaceta's a fine artist - - his style reminds me of Risso's a lot - - but I don't know if his gritty style's approriate for Spider-Man. There's a certain amount of fudging needed to make Spidey's characteristic poses work and I think he might be drawing the wall-crawler a little too realistically. His body often looked pained while in mid-swing.

The Verdict - 3.5/5

This is vintage Spider-Man - - everybody favorite wall-crawler facing almost-comedically insurmountable odds. It might run a little too soap operatic for modern readers, but it's still got plenty of chills (Doc Okc's creepy new redesign) and spills (the double whammy Spidey puts on Sandman and Electroc) to properly ratchet up the ol' thrill-o-meter. I'm always impressed with how the team's able to put a good title out in what has to be an unbelievably-demanding weekly release schedule.    

#1 Posted by blueninjapanther (770 posts) - - Show Bio

the cover looks amazing!!!
#2 Posted by haydenclaireheroes (10582 posts) - - Show Bio

Totally agree the art is just not spider-man for me. It is not bad art but, just bad art for spider-man. But, the story I am really enjoying. 

#3 Posted by geraldthesloth (32689 posts) - - Show Bio

HATE the art.

#4 Posted by Tmul501 (601 posts) - - Show Bio
@geraldthesloth said:
" HATE the art. "
Definitely. I think this is really just terrible looking, especially for a book as integral to marvel as spider-man. I mean, seriously? This is the best you can do?
#5 Posted by iloverobots (466 posts) - - Show Bio
@geraldthesloth said:
" HATE the art. "
" the cover looks amazing!!! "
#6 Posted by Eyz (3187 posts) - - Show Bio

I would buy that on the cover alone!

#7 Posted by obscurefan (297 posts) - - Show Bio

The artist who does this book is fantastic..... on anything other than this book. In this book we have Electro blowing up ambulances, Sandman taking down helicopters, and Spidey avoiding bullets, and honestly his work just doesn't make me go "Oh man look at that," it just looks very stale, I mean his lightning attacks from Electro look like how a child draws lightning, just big jagged waves. But once again, he is a fantastic artist, but its like asking Scorsese to direct a slapstick comedy, he's just not the guy for the job.

#8 Edited by Deadcool (6925 posts) - - Show Bio

I would love that someone like  Marc Guggenheim, Dan Slott or Joe Kellyto write that issue, or the rest of them...
Damn and the previous issue started totally badass.
Also I would like any other artist, instead Paul Azaceta.

#9 Posted by NexusOfLight (1733 posts) - - Show Bio

Definitely a fun read. Art's not too terrible, but I can think of a couple other people I'd rather have draw the book.

#10 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29887 posts) - - Show Bio

The interior art is so freaking horrible. It ruins the book.
#11 Posted by Steel Surpent (4 posts) - - Show Bio

Am I the only one-mho thinks the characters on the covers are going to be the ones hunting the baby?

#12 Posted by CaptainUseless (745 posts) - - Show Bio
@blueninjapanther said:
" the cover looks amazing!!! "
Definitely agree.

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