Monday, April 4, 2011

Amazing Spider-Man #657

Story: Dan Slott
Art: Marcos Martin, Humberto Ramos
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Publication date: March 30, 2011

The Good. There were a lot of good comic books this week, as well as comics that we've been waiting for with anticipation for a while (for example Butcher Baker reviewed below, the much delayed second issue of Kick Ass 2, among others). But this issue caught me by surprise, since it ties directly to the events of Fantastic Four "Three" in a beautiful, wholesome way. There are fantastic details in here, from the tribute to Amazing Spider-Man #1 on the second page, to the touching message from Johnny to Pete in the closing pages. In between, we get perspectives of Sue, Reed and Ben on their relationship with Pete by way of the Johnny-Pete "brotherhood" that are insightful, touching and hilarious. All together, this is a beautiful and touching send-off to Johnny Storm and a fantastic transition into the future of Spider-Man, as well as between Fantastic Four "Three" and FF#1. I have become a huge fan of Marcos Martin, and the wonders he achieves with the facial expressions of all these characters in this book tell at the very least half of the story. Simply brilliant.

The Bad. Very little to complain about here. Considering how good Martin's work was, shifting to work by Ramos in the flashbacks was sometimes weird. I enjoyed it as a story-telling method, but I found myself missing the depth of character shown in the "flashforward" panels. Granted, these flashbacks were more about the kinetics of those moments than about character, and in that framework they make sense. 

The Verdict: A+

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