By now the cat is out of the bag, and if not, well then here’s a spoiler
For a while now, writer Dan Slott has been forcing Spider-Man to deal with one of his greatest villains, Dr. Otto Octavius aka Dr. Octopus, who learned he was dying way back in issue 600 where the doctor he had seen had told him that he had roughly 18 months left to live. Cut to this here issue and our vile Doctor now has mere hours left. Skip a few other things and enter Spider-Man, who tells the ill fated doctor that he is actually in fact, PETER PARKER. DUN. DUN. DUN (Spider-man is actually Doc Ock/Peter is actually the dying Dr. Octopus)….
Now I’ve been reading comics since maybe 2005 and I don’t think I ever had a favourite issue … Ever (though I really liked JMS’s run on spider-man… Minus the OMD arc) this issue was near flawless as an issue can be. Dan Slott has been a writer on Asm for a good while now (since #648 I believe being the main writer) the reason why this issue is so good.. Excuse me… Brilliantly excellent.. Is because it forces you to re-read the ENTIRE issue, maybe even the run issue 600. When the reveal happens it kinda punches you in the face. And leaves no witnesses or even an ice pack. Which is why it’s so great… But I can’t give Dan all the credit, the penciler, colour artist, and even the lettering was beyond exceptional. On page 8 there is a word box that floats in the air that only really hits you as to why it does, in the second reading. The art of it all… For example page 14… I don’t enjoy raving about a book that has no flaws but I can’t think of one and I’ve re read this issue maybe 7 times and I’m still shocked.
Marvel pride themselves on be a relatable reading source. And even though this isn’t going to be self relatable to most if not all readers. If you have an adult who has/d a child/friend with some kind of waking coma or some kind “trapped in my body” disease. Then maybe this book can help you grasp what they may deal with on a regular basis. But I’ve rambled enough. I end with this, if you have ever wanted to read comics or read about spider-man, this is the best issue to start with cause in two issues its all over, and we get a new hero to wear the webs.
- Overall rating of the comic: 5 out of 5,
- Art: 5 out of 5,
- layout: 5 out of 5,
- True to character dialogue: 5 out of 5,
- Story: 5 out of 5.
Heres a free comic to use in the Marvel Comics App:
MTML16CFX7LD (this is for the #698 issue)
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