The GeeksverseThe Amazing Spider-Man #653

The Amazing Spider-Man #653
Published on Saturday, February 5, 2011 by


Written by: Dan Slott & Fred Van Lente
Art by: Stefano Caselli
Colored by: Edgar Delgado
Lettered by: VC's Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: Stefano Caselli
Assistant Editor: Ellie Pyle
Editor: Stephen Wacker

Spider-Man has to call in the Avengers for help in dealing with a swarm of Spider-Slayers.

I’m confused though. I didn’t think all the Avengers knew Spider-Mans secret identity. So why is Mockingbird calling him Peter and they know he has an emotional stake in the attack on the day spa where Aunt May is. Which is it? It seemed out of place and doesn’t mesh well with the New Avengers book.

This issue also read differently then previous. I didn’t even realize that Van Lente scripted over Slott’s plot until I went to do this review. So it makes sense that the issue feels different. But not in a good way.

I was enjoying Slott’s Spider-Man and it’s been along time since I enjoyed a Spider-Man story. This issue I didn’t enjoy as much. There was too much going on and scattered all over the place. Time apparently has no meaning in this issue. Events happen in one location, and since when does New York have a shuttle launch pad, and then across town in two seperate locations. The Avengers split up and make it to the threats just after the bad guys.

Thats some bad planning on the part of Smythe. Shouldn’t all the bad guys attacked at the same time? It doesn’t make much sense and comes across as bad writing to just handle the “good guys have to show up”.

I do like that it seems like Max Modall, Peter’s boss, has figured out his secret. It makes sense that a genius like him would be able to figure it out quickly. But again it plays into the time aspect as Spider-Man is able to get to the labs from the spa in no time. Never mind that Max left the site of the just-attacked shuttle launch and was back in the lab just in time for Peter to show up.

I like Caselli’s art. I like him on Secret Warriors and I like him here. But there’s a difference between his work on Spider-Man and his work on Secret Warriors. There’s a sense of fun in the work that wasn’t there before. It also looks softer then it did before, and in a good way.

The Amazing Spider-Man #653 receives
3 out of 5

It’s an okay issue but some plot points get in the way.

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