Amazing Spider-Man #614 review: Hall of Fame comic book writer Mark Waid continued The Gauntlet storyline, which featured Electro becoming a “Power to the People” hero due to the financial crisis and recession. In ASM 614, the citizens of New York power-up Electro by turning on all of their electric appliances at once. Spider-Man and Electro duke it out, as Electro wanted to kill the New DB publisher Dexter Bennett because his newspaper received bailout money from the stimulus package.
Electro’s powers are at an all time high and the foundations of the DB (Daily Bugle) are shaken in the fight. Although Spider-Man prevailed by creating a new type of web fluid, the DB collapsed. Bennett himself is crippled. Former Daily Bugle founder J Jonah Jameson (now mayor of New York City, and hated rival of Dexter) watched as “his” lifelong achievement came tumbling down into dust.
The art by Paul Azaceta once again fits the mood, and the story was once again excellent. Amazing Spider-Man #614 is an historic issue in Peter Parker’s life. It is equivalent to Clark Kent’s Daily Planet getting blown up.
The dialog and story- although using modern topics such as the recession and having new technology- felt like a excellent issue from the 1970′s or early 1980′s, like writer Roger Stern’s work.
The epilogue has the Chameleon and the new female Kraven recruiting Electro, who has become a villain again in the eyes of the public for destroying such an iconic building as the Daily Bugle.
Wouldn’t be surprised if Amazing Spider-Man 614 sells out and goes into a second printing.