Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel)

CREDIT: Marvel Comics

Rating: 4/5 – As Expected, Peter Parker is Back!
by ComicSpectrum Reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

Well, it all starts again. Peter Parker is back in the latest Amazing Spider-Man number one. For over thirty issues of Superior Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus has been the man behind not only the Spider-Man mask, but also the man inside Peter Parker himself. After the conclusion of Goblin Nation storyline last month Peter Parker has gotten his mind and body back, as well putting himself back into the original costume. Not only that, but he also inherits both good and bad, everything that’s happened since Doc Ock took over. That’s what makes this book and this new beginning so exciting.

Everyone knew that Peter would be back. There was never a question of if, only when. With the second Amazing Spider-Man movie hitting theaters May 2nd, it makes sense to bring him back at this time. But writer Dan Slott isn’t wiping the slate clean and allowing Peter to pick up right were he left off. Quite a bit has changed since Peter was last in control of his body and this first issue deals with a lot of those changes. Whether it be rectifying the relationships he has with friends and family who felt slighted by “his” aloof attitude , or learning how to run a company that has his name on it, Peter has a lot to deal with. Slott didn’t just start Peter over with a clean slate, which would have made the last thirty issues seem less important. He brings all that change into this first issue which allows Slott the ability to tell a bunch of new stories and put Peter into some rather difficult and confusing situations.

Some of the changes Peter has to deal with are played out within the main story, while others are covered in back-up stories, the best of the bunch being the one with Black Cat. Things didn’t go well for Black Cat when Peter wasn’t in the costume, and now it looks as though things won’t go well for Peter now that Black Cat is back in hers. Since Slott also writes this story, you know this will be dealt with soon. There’s also a couple of engaging stories by Peter David and Chris Yost that make this over-sized issue worth its price. I would have preferred something else Spider-Man related rather than the full Inhuman number one issue they included, but for those that haven’t read it yet it’s a smart move by Marvel as a promotional item. Although I’ll miss Doc Ock in the Spider-Man costume, I’m excited for this new journey. Welcome back Peter Parker.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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