The GeeksverseThe Amazing Spider-Man #682

The Amazing Spider-Man #682
Published on Monday, March 26, 2012 by

Doctor Octopus is dying and before he does, he’s going to save the world?

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Dan Slott
Art by: Stefano Caselli
Colored by: Frank Martin Jr.
Lettered by: VC's Joe Caramagna
Cover by: A- Stefano Caselli w/ Frank Martin Jr.; B- Gabriele Dell'otto
Assistant Editor: Ellie Pyle
Editor: Stephen Wacker

For the longest time I wasn’t a Spider-Man fan. At least of his own books. The whole “down on his luck” Parker thing got annoying after awhile. This was one of the smartest people in the MU and he should have been treated like that. I never liked or understood why he didn’t use his smarts to help himself out. Then along comes Dan Slott and the Big Time and I finally got a Spider-Man that I could get into. This is a Spider-Man that is still the wisecracker but the rest of it is together, the way it should be. He’s using his smarts to help himself out. It’s about time. I’ll be extremely disappointed if things go back to the way they were.

Slott does a good job in this issue of showing just how much good Peter, not Spider-Man, is really doing. And I’m surprised we don’t see more of this with the Fantastic Four. Parker has come up with some new inventions to help out the crime-fighting, and Slott shows how those, via Horizon Labs, are being implemented to help out the world. It’s an excellent scene. It ends up making the absence of a similar scene in Fantastic Four even more glaring. And Iron Man for that matter. Why haven’t Reed Richards and Tony Stark taken their super hero science ideas and redone them for the common man?

This issue does start to lose momentum though. It’s hard to imagine that the devastation that Doc Ock creates with his green house effect magnifier is that bad after a couple of hours. If it was magnified that much, people would be burning up, literally. The plan itself is solid, so the world what he can do but then show them how to save the world. The thing is though that global warming aspect of it is a bit dated. It’s not global warming anymore, it’s global climate change. Slott’s science is old and out of date.

Overall I like Ock’s plans. We know there has to be an ulterior motive, but he presents to the world the image of a dying man who wants to make up for the past. I hope Slott plays up the angle of Spider-Man’s reaction. Is Spidey right and Ock is playing everyone, or is Spidey letting his own feelings get in the way? I’ll be disappointed if that doesn’t get more time. I can see Ock going both ways. It could end up being where he does want to save the world with his dying breath and all the recent actions leading up to it were a “break a few eggs to make an omelet” approach.

I’ve always liked Caselli’s art. I think he’s excellant with Spider-Man, and I miss seeing his Carlie Cooper. His work is technically sound and has a unique style. I’d prefer that ASM goes back to a once a month schedule and we get Caselli all the time.

The Amazing Spider-Man #682 receives
4 out of 5

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