Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Amazing Spider-Man #596

The good about this issue of the Amazing Spider-Man is that the art is pretty solid, as Paulo Siqueura and Amilton Santos turn in clean, solid images that evoke last issue's effort by Phil Jimenez. I'm not familiar with their work, but it's quite good, and I hope we'll see more of it in the future.

The bad is the story, which strikes me as wrong on so many levels. Most of the issue is given over to Peter Parker whining (of course) about Harry's decision to go to work for his father, the eee-vil Norman Osborn.

Then we get some delightful shots of Bullseye and Venom torturing and preparing to brutally murder a prostitute. Bullseye also spends time graphically killing a rat, and then picking boogers and using them as weapons. Gee, it's just like watching Ren and Stimpy again.

Maybe I'm suffering from Dark Avengers / Norman Osborn overload. Could even an A-list villain like Dr. Doom or the Joker continue to be interesting if he appeared in every single comic published every month?

With Ultimate Spider-Man being canceled and Amazing Spider-Man being... well, what it is, I'm really missing the hero who was once my favorite. These days, his comic is nearly at the bottom of the list.

Grade: D+

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