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Saturday, 30 July 2011

Comic Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man #666

With issue #666, the arrival on Spider-Island is finally here (well, sort of). The citizens of New York – including Peter's girlfriend Carlie – suddenly begin to spawn superhuman powers.

While writer Dan Slott brings a fair amount of intrigue regarding Jackal's plan and how Peter Parker himself plays into it all, ultimately, although the 'how and why' is still up in the air.
And even still, these parts don't actually come to light till towards the end of the issue, with Slott allowing Parker to be, well, Parker.

Company: Marvel
Genre: Superhero Comic
Release: July 2011
It's all very classic Spider-Man, with all the quirks and banter you've known over the years, and Slott even goes as far as making Peter late for a date due to his Spidey duties.
It's a story very wrapped up in classic Spider-Man, whilst putting a marker on Peter trying to be the best he can be.

He's everywhere, making sure he doesn't miss a single crime, he's been spreading himself out over the city that needs him. And it almost appears as though he doesn't realise what's unraveling before his eyes.

One of my favourite moments of the issue though, is when Spidey joins the Avengers for a game of poker. Red Hulk, Thing, Hawkeye, Iron Fist, Wolverine, Ms. Marvel and Spider-Woman sit around in a fantastical surreal, yet at the same time, strangely human moment, before  explaining to Spider-Man why he's never been invited to a game before.
Slott does a great job with Spideys' interaction with other characters, especially the scenes he shares with the Thing.

Stefano Caselli has surpassed himself with brilliant art skills, yet some panels fall short of the high details Caselli is able to do, but still, even with text heavy pages, or action sequences, it's hard to knock his work.
It may only (FINALLY) be starting, but Spider Island is shaping up to be something truly special, and I for one am ready.
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