Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Review(s) of the Week: Amazing Spider-man #698 and Deadpool #2

(SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW) So Amazing Spider-man continues its march towards it's 700th, and at least for the foreseeable future, final issue to make way for the new ongoing title Superior Spider-man. I haven't really enjoyed Spidey since One More Day, but I do pop in and out of the book out of curiosity and loyalty to the character. I just don't like Peter that much anymore in the post OMD era. Anyways, our issue starts off with a still dieing Doc Ock whispering the name Peter Parker. Then we cut to Spider-man actually enjoying being Spider-man. We see a guy over the next few pages who stands up for himself, who has a new found confidence, who thinks over his broken relationship with MJ and tells her they should be together, that it's silly that they aren't. Eventually the Avengers inform Spidey that Doc Ock is asking for him and when they two meet. That's when it's revealed that it is actually Peter Parker in Doc Ock's body and Ock in Peter's. Doc Ock has all Peter's memories and vice versa. After a little bit off gloating Peter, in Doc Ock's body, starts to flat line and the medics rush in to save him, it's unclear if they do.

Holy shit. I did not see that coming. You know what the sad part is? I actually like Ock-Spidey more then Peter. Somehow the murderous sociopath actually IS the superior Spider-man. Gone is the navel gazing crap that Peter falls into. Somehow it seems Ock is better at being both Spider-man and Peter Parker then Peter Parker is. What does that say about Peter Parker?

Last issue a renegade SHIELD agent used a spell book to resurrect all of America's dead Presidents in a misguided attempt to fix America's problems. SHIELD turned to Deadpool for help cleaning up the mess. This issue finds Deadpool, with a little help from Ben Franklin's ghost, going up against zombie Teddy Roosevelt who is going big game hunting in the Los Angeles Zoo. The writing by long time comic fan and stand up comic Brian Posehn continues to be hilarious, the art is solid, I gotta say this is so far my favorite of the Marvel NOW! books. If you're not reading it you should be.

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