Good, Bad & Ugly Review: The Amazing Spider-Man #1

Written By: Dan Slott
Art By: Humberto Ramos
Cover By: Humberto Ramos
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Synopsis:The Greatest Super Hero of All Time RETURNS! The world may have changed since Spidey’s been gone, but so has Peter Parker. This is a man with a second chance at life, and he’s not wasting a moment of it. Same Parker Luck, new Parker attitude. Putting the “friendly” back in the neighborhood, the “hero” back into “super hero,” and the “amazing” back into “Spider-Man!” Also returning: The recharged and reenergized ELECTRO! – (Source)

The Good:
Yay! Peter Parker is back! I admit to being pleasantly surprised at how much I ended up enjoying the period of time that Doc Octopus was in control of Parker’s body and running around as Spider-Man, but it is really good to have the original back. Thankfully, writer Dan Slott is giving us the Peter we know and love. He is the everyman hero who tends to suffer all sorts of humiliation and bad luck (especially in his professional and personal life) but still soldiers on with a lighthearted attitude. And the situations that Peter finds himself in are just great. The new life he has to live thanks to Ock’s machinations include running a business n a field he is no expert in, repairing his rep with The Avengers, the citizens of New York and former allies (like we found out in the cool back-up featuring a very vengeful Black Cat), and navigating a very serious romantic relationship with a woman he barely knows.
And Humberto Ramos’ art is perfect for this book. It is just cartoony enough without being distracting and realistic enough to convey all of the action as stylishly as you want in a book like this.

The Bad:
I really wanted to see some clue that we would be seeing the return of Doc Ock in some way shape or form. Even if he had to take over another hero’s bod I would be cool with that.
And the Electro back-up feature was all sorts of awful. It was obvious that Marvel wants to cash in on the new Spider-Man movie but the heavy-handed way that this short story was handled was just terrible.

The Ugly: Have we gotten to the bottom of the comic book character naming barrel that someone though “Panda-mania” was a good name for a super-villain?

Final Verdict: A return to form for Marvel’s flagship character after a creative resurgence with another guy under the mask. Thanks to great writing and totally fitting art, this iteration of Spider-Man looks to be on track to be really fresh and original after the character had gotten so stale that he needed to be put on the shelf for a while.

Rating: B+

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