JD advance-reviews SPIDER-MAN 673!
Spider Island Epilogue!

Title: Amazing Spider-Man 673
Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Stefano Caselli
Colors: Frank Martin
Published by Marvel Comics
Reviewed by Johnny Destructo

I feel like I’ve been one of Dan Slott’s biggest Spidey-supporters ever since he took over Amazing Spider-Man, but even I was having a tough time with Spider Island: the multi-issue, multi-series crossover that’s been plaguing the Marvel Universe for the past couple months. To be fair, of all the Spider Island tie-ins, I enjoyed the main Spidey book the most, but that’s not saying much, considering I found myself napping on the other minis. I wasn’t interested in The Queen. I wasn’t interested in The Jackal (considering the headaches he caused me and so many others during the 90’s Clone Saga) and I made the decision that I just don’t like Humberto Ramos’ work on Spidey, it’s a little too angular and a little too busy for my taste. So disinterested was I, that for weeks the issues staked up and I didn’t bother to getting around to reading them until oh…about an hour before writing this.

The story ended last issue and that was fine, Spidey saved the day, Spider-Island was cured, Kaine was human again (mostly) and The Queen got her teeth knocked through her brain. I was happy to see it end so that we could get onto whatever was next. And here it is! The Epilogue of Spider Island finally on shelves, and there’s a lot in here to enjoy. From here on our, I’m giving the SPOILER ALERT. If you don’t want to know what happened in this issue, skip to the next review, just know that I really enjoyed this issue and think you should pick it up!

SO…Manhattan is nekkid. Like, really nekkid. Of course, for no reason what-so-ever, even though people were mutated at a molecular level, after being cured, certain people still have everything they had before, like Carlie’s Spidey tattoo. Why not? If I can bother to go along with the ride that the entire city became Spiders, how can I argue with their return to normal?

Kaine isn’t quite the evil d-bag he once was, and is completely cured of his degenerative clone breakdowns, his scarring is gone and in fact, he looks exactly like Peter again, but with longer hair. Part of me hates that they returned to the Clone Saga stuff, but part of me is intrigued. The only problem I had with the original story was that it went on far too long and that it was written during someone’s sit-down on a potty. Maybe this new Kaine stuff will be ok. Though really? They’re still going with the Scarlet Spider handle? Blargh. That doesn’t bode well, but I’ll still check it out, since I’m contractually obligated to buy anything with Spider in the title.

The once homicidal/suicidal maniac Eddie Brock is the hero of NYC. And who said redemption was impossible? Where is this going to go? It would appear that Anti-Venom is no more, since he used up all his …ahem…Anti-Venom to cure NYC, and there’s already a Venom running around. What’s next for Brock?

Carlie dumps Peter after figuring out that he’s Spider-Man, and oh yeah, the weird-ass spell that Doctor Strange put on Peter, wherein no one could figure out that he was Spider-Man? GONE. Pete’s secret identity is once again going to be constantly in jeopardy. Thank Odin they got rid of that spell. I like that Petey got his secret ID back, but I also like the idea that he needs to work to keep it a secret, and that’s what I liked so much about Carlie as Pete’s GF! There was a scene awhile back where Parker had his web-fluid makin’s out on his coffee table, and didn’t bother to put it away when Carlie came over and she wondered why Pete would be making a home-made adhesive. I really loved that Pete was dating someone almost as intelligent as he is. And of course, now that the spell is up, she immediately put 2 and 2 together, like any mildly S-M-R-T person would. I I respected that she was an intelligent woman who could hang in Pete’s league, but that means that she’ll figure it out and leave, and that sucks. I was really starting to like her. I’m really hoping that she isn’t gone for good.

My favorite is the last page though. A really simple, but moving image that actually made me utter an “aww”. Slott can handle the big action, the big pseudo-science and the moving moments with aplomb. You’ve done it again, sir.

I don’t think that my distaste for the majority of Spider Island had anything to do with Slott’s involvement. I attribute the majority of it to Marvel having to make a huge deal and a huge amount of money out of it with extraneous minis. I’m so worn out on Events that I immediately bust out the geek-trademarked exasperated sigh/eye-roll, (or sigh-roll, if you will.) but dammit if I didn’t close the book with a smile.

JD can be found hosting the PopTards Podcast, drawing a weekly webcomic, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam over at www.poptardsgo.com, graphically designing/illustrating/inking for a living over at www.jaydotdee.com, and Booking his Face off at http://www.facebook.com/jaydotdeedot. Follow his twitter @poptardsgo.

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16 Comments to “JD advance-reviews SPIDER-MAN 673!
Spider Island Epilogue!”

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  1. Dan O'Neil says:

    even if you didn’t like Spider-Island that much, you should read the Venom tie-in issues.

    each one was as good or better than Spidey, and the two series intertwined quite a bit for that whole story. added lots of depth to the story, and was tons of fun.

    …and i loved Spider-Island completely. i look forward to this epilogue issue!

  2. JD (Host) says:

    oh yeah, I have those, mainly because I was reading Venom anyway..but I’ll check those out and get back to you! Thanks for the heads-up!

    I hope you skipped all the spoilers for the issue!

  3. Dan O! says:

    i avoid spoilers like no other, don’t you worry. 😉

  4. jaydee says:

    whew!! well come back tomorrow and we can discuss after you’ve read it!! I’m curious to see what other people think of these developments

  5. Lj says:

    Where do you think they are going with the MJ thing, if they are going anywhere… And what’s the deal with just throwing those stingers from ‘the other’ powers in there like no one would notice! lol.

  6. jaydee says:

    @Lj : I don’t know about the MJ thing…I’m bummed that Carlie dumped him and I DO like that MJ finally understands all the sacrifices Pete has had to make over the years…THAT was great. Loved it.

    But I really hope they don’t just dive back into the whole MJ romance angle again. I want to see this Carlie thing keep going, or at least a new love interest. They screwed the pooch on OMD and OMIT, they should at least stick with it for a good long while, wouldn’t you say?

    And yeah, they DID mention that Kaine had some new powers..maybe they were leftovers from his transformation? I wonder if he’ll have the impact webbing that Ben Reilly was so keen on.

  7. MasterFilmMakerMarkMackner says:

    thanks for the spoiler warning on your asm review

    i almost got spoiled

    i couldn’t keep up with all the tie-ins, but i mostly enjoyed spider island

    i didn’t care about the queen either, but slott did a good job writing the jackal. i actually found myself enjoying his involvement. and then he died. again. what’s that, the 3rd time now?

    i don’t like ramos on spidey, either. same reasons you stated

  8. Lj says:

    @jaydee: Well I’m MJ/Peter loyalist so there’s alot of bias there. I do understand what you’re saying with Carlie though but I’m not surprised she dumped him; I saw the signs during Spider-Island she was too smart to put up with that for too long. Honestly, I’d like to see what alot of fans have been asking for and see peter and Ms. Marvel really spark something up or someone else with superpowers. We haven’t seen a Superpowered love interest that knows Spidey and Peter are the same person in a good long while. I must have glanced over the Kaine thing, I’ll reread it. Impact webbing, that’s a good question! I’m really curious to see the adventures Kaine gets into and Im just as pissed off as Peter that Julia hit him with that “I’m sorry for your loss that’s to come” thing.

  9. jaydee says:

    oh man, I’m with you on the Ms. Marvel thing.

    Were you reading Ult Spidey? Remember when Kitty Pryde and Pete were together? That was the most entertaining relationship I’ve seen Pete have in awhile. I was super-bummed that it didn’t last longer.

    I forgot about the Ms Marvel shenanigans! I’d love to see him with another Meta.

  10. jaydee says:

    @MasterFilmmaker: As for one of the things you mentioned above, just wait until you read today’s issue. I think you’ll be pleased

  11. SpiderMike says:

    Great finale! I think #673 was the best in the whole run. How odd is that? An epilogue that a high point? When else has that happened? Feels like deja vu…oh yeah! The Death of Ultimate Spider-Man! I liked the wrap up stories better than the actual ones! Anyway, can’t wait to see what Slott has cooking next!

  12. Brian the Hutt says:

    This was a disappointing event. I found myself caring less about the big threat against the city and more about little panel stories scattered about. For example, seeing MJ react to the events around her was amazing. You could see her jealousy of Pete and Carlie swinging over her head and her wishing it was her and not the nerd cop swinging with Peter. Also referring to MJ and Pete’s sex life as a time they “shared a toothbrush” really made me laugh.

  13. Mark Mackner says:

    Ah, so Jackal didn’t die after all. I could tell Slott was having fun writing him, so that made him a fun character. And I’m pleased to see that they’re actually using characters from the Clone Saga in cool and interesting ways. But what’s to become of Eddie Brock now? Is Anti-venom really finished? I was bummed that Carlie dumped Pete, too. For all the brou-haha and controversy and magic involved in the break-up of Pete and MJ, i agree that it’s far too soon to get them back together. There’s no doubt in my mind that they will reunite, but I’d rather take a little more time in getting there. I was also happy to see Chance and White Rabbit appear in Spider-Island as well, however briefly. I always enjoyed their run-ins with Spidey, and I just have an affinity for obscure D-list villains.

  14. JD (Host) says:

    Brian: Yeah I loved the Toothbrush bit..I also REALLY loved the part where MJ whispers “I LOVE YOU” to Pete only to reply “nothing” when he says “what?”
    great little bits throughout the story, I just didn’t really care about the story itself as much, sadly.

  15. JD (Host) says:

    oh wow..I forgot about Chance showing up! I remember him from (I think) an Eric Larson Spidey back in the 90s? He was kind of ok. I don’t really know too much about White Rabbit though

  16. Mark Mackner says:

    Chance appeared in Todd McFarlane’s 1st ASM story in #298-299. And yeah, he was in some of the later Erik Larsen issues, too, like the one where Aunt May’s beau Nathan died. White Rabbit was created by JM DeMatties (One of my all-time fave Spidey scribes) in the early 80’s, 1st appearing in Marvel Team-Up. About a decade went by until she appeared again, when DeMatteis was writing SPECTACULAR. She returned to SPECTACULAR again in the late 90’s, and pretty much disappeared until DeMatteis joined the “Webheads” creative team of BND. Since then, she’s appeared in the Dark Reign: Mr. Negative mini and the ASM Valentine’s Day issue from last year. Or was it the year before? I forget. Anyway, she’s adorable. She talks like a super-villain should and she uses lots of alliteration, which you know I’m a big fan of.

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