Amazing Spider-Man 700


by Marcus Luera

So this is it, the final issue of Amazing Spider-Man..  Let me get something out of the way: nothing is permanent in comics, not retirement, not relationships, and of course, not death. You would be hard pressed to find a major character that has not “died” at least once.

Now to the story, and this means spoilers. Doc Ock has moved his mind into Peter Parker’s body, and put the web head’s in his.  Peter is in more trouble than usual because Doc Ock is dying, and is in the last hours of his life.  With the help of Hydro Man and Scorpion, he escapes and tries to get back into his body, but the Doc manages to anticipate how Peter would try to reverse the process.  Peter ultimately fails in quest, and while he lay dying in Doc Ock’s body, he manages to get his memories back into his head to share space with Doc’s mind.  Before Peter dies, Doc Ock, moved by Peter’s struggles, makes him a promise to carry on his name, to be a better hero.

The art is the high quality we would expect from a major comic publisher, but it’s the story that has people talking.  Many are super angry—foaming at the mouth livid–about not only Peter failing and dying, but the fact that Doc Ock for all purposes is Spider-Man.  Hopefully, after the anger, they can see the possibilities of the story.  Like I said before, nothing is permanent, and this too shall pass.  So ride it out because Parker will return in some fashion at some point.

Rating: 4 out 5 stars

    One Comment

  1. MalJanuary 2nd, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Though the ending was not what I was expecting, I am thoroughly looking forward to Doc Oc’s run as Spider-Man. It’s going to be crazy. The only thing I felt uneasy about was the fact that Peter died in a way that he couldn’t control. He didn’t see it coming at all what-so-ever. He literally just woke up one day in the body of an ailing man on the verge of death and there was nothing he could do about it in the end. Now I’m not saying shame on the writers, because, although I find it incredibly sad, it’s also very neat and quite original.

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