Amazing Spider-Man #610 Review- This wraps up a quick storyline featuring Peter Parker’s clone’s (Ben Reily) nemesis Damon Ryder (Raptor) and Kaine (Peter Parker’s other evil dying clone). It felt like a cheap gimmick just to get fans of the deceased Ben Reily to buy Amazing Spider-Man. Writer Marc Guggenheim pokes fun at the 1990′s clone saga, but the end product may just be worthless.
- After 15 years of silence, Ben Reily (who has become a cult hero) and the clone saga finally get a storyline, although a) Ben is still dead and b) He appears in flashbacks only.
- Marvel- thanks to heavy marketing- got some older fans to check out Amazing Spider-Man.
- Peter Parker’s life and secret identity is finally threatening after I had to deal with a handful of issues with him trying to juggle romance in his life (Black Cat, Mary Jane, Michelle, Blonde Chick from FrontLine, Harry Osborn’s girls, et al.)
- For the flashback scenes, Damon Ryder and Ben Reily look the same, making it a bit confusing at times.
- The story is forgettable with no new revelations about the Clone Saga.
- Kaine (Peter Parker’s defective clone) was better left untouched in my opinion.
- Screwball- I really hate this new anti-hero; she streams her fights on her website for advertising traffic. Don’t get me wrong- that would be cool for an independent comic, but but not for a flagship title like ASM…just seems like comics are getting more and more deconstructed and the illusion is gone. For example, why can’t Spidey do the same thing and generate a steady income instead of working for a dead MEDIA like a newspaper?
- Ben Reily is just a plot device; the purpose of this storyline was to reintroduce Kaine (whoopee).
- The art was sub par: Marco Checchetto, Luke Ross, and Rick Magyar (who?)
- Peter Parker/Spider-Man says “dang!” instead of “damn”. But he’s allowed to have pre-marital sex. Go figure. By the way, saying “dang” is sooooooooooooooooooooooo 1981. I read it made a brief comeback in 2006, but I don’t hear cool people saying “dang” anymore…
RANT: I finally got my hands on Amazing Spider-Man 605 -610 from a friend, and I gotta say that ASM has not improved at all since I last reviewed it. I’m pretty sure that in 5-10 years ASM will be on Marvel.com as a web-comic because that’s the target audience they are shooting for. Everything about ASM reminds me of Facebook, Twitter, iPhones, pop music, and the CW.
Peter Parker acts and looks young…he still has bad luck but he’s banging chicks and regrets it later on. You’d think with J. Jonah Jameson as mayor, the story lines would be good, but JJJ wasn’t even in these issues (ASM gets published 3 times a month). Most of the issues just run into each other.
I really wish I could find some positive things to say about how I feel when reading ASM…the one that comes to mind is that it sells relatively well in today’s market and kids/teenagers dig it according to their posts on the message board forums. It feels like a lame version of the Ultimate Spider-Man series (since everything feels new and there is no respect for continuity or history).
I mean, this is the same Peter Parker from Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962? At least DC Comics had a Golden Age Superman, Silver Age Superman, and Modern Age Superman to distinguish eras and reboots.
For the record, I have a minority opinion. Like Tony Vahl and I were saying: we don’t know anyone that actually buys Jonas Brothers, but they sell millions of CDs. If you were born after 1995, Amazing Spider-Man is awesome!