To some out there, comic books are becoming harder to follow. With new titles spawning out of the gaggle of movies being released, a lot of readers are having a hard time jumping on. Marvel has taken that issue head-on by staging relaunches of their titles to go hand-in-hand with their blockbuster movie releases, and the current title in that spotlight is the Amazing Spiderman!
For the last year or so readers have had the mind of Otto Octavius AKA Doctor Octopus run roughshod over the Marvel universe while inhabiting the body of Peter Parker. In the finale of Superior Spiderman, Parker managed to take control of his body and return to his web-spinning ways as the friendly neighborhood Spiderman! However, we learn in the new series, that he is having a hard time getting back in the saddle.
The main story written by long-time series scribe Dan Slott (Silver Surfer, Superior Spiderman) and drawn by Slott frequent collaborator Humberto Ramos (Alpha, Superior Spiderman) shows Peter Parker responding to a robbery and finding himself in a humiliating position that only the REAL Spiderman could find himself in. Parker is learning about the life that Octavius made for him while controlling his body and having to catch up on the last several months of his life. Including becoming a doctor, starting a tech firm and moving in with his girlfriend Anna Maria Marconi.
The book comes packed full of Spider-tales, including a preview of the new Spiderman 2099 series which comes this summer. Spiraling out of the events of Goblin World, Miguel O’Hara finds himself in modern day New York, but not sure just how to relate to people of this era. Also, a fun tale about Spiderman’s superpowers called “How My Stuff Works” from Marvel stalwarts Joe Caramanga and Chris Eliopoulous. And if that wasn’t enough, we see the return of Peter Parker clone Kaine, as the new Peter Parker travels to Texas to find him unaware of Kaine’s exploits while Octavius had control of his life.
Rounding out the Spider portion of the nearly 100 page book is a tale called “Recapturing That Old Spark,” which reintroduces the classic villain Electro using the events in Superior Spiderman as the backdrop. Like in the case of the “new” Nick Fury, Marvel has decided to alter the comic villain to more closely resemble the villain from the film, in this case using and uncontrolled burst of energy as a catalyst.
Marvel really threw it all together with this book as it also includes a reprint of Inhuman #1, which chronicles the events of the Terrigen cloud released on the Earth following the events in the series Infinity. Written by emerging writer Charles Soule (Letter 44) and drawn by fan favorite Joe Madureira (Battle Chasers, Uncanny X-Men) the series features Inhuman queen Medusa trying to minimize the fallout from the Terrigen transformations and stop and uprising from Inhumans who feel abandoned by Black Bolt.
Many fans were not happy with Peter Parker leaving the series at the launch of Superior Spiderman, but the book was a consistent top-seller. In just a day from launch, variant covers for Amazing Spiderman #1 were selling in triple digits on eBay and at retailers so the momentum seems to have carried over. Even if you haven’t read the stories leading up to the relaunch, the book is full of great stand-alone stories and with a cover price of just $5.99, it’s easily one of the best values on the shelf.
As the old saying goes, ’nuff said!