Best Shots Extra: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700- 10 out of 10
SPOILER ALERT! There are Spoilers for this issue and Superior Spider-Man's identity in this review! Do not read without reading the issue unless you want SPOILERS!
Written by Dan Slott, JM DeMatteis, and Jen Van Meter
Art by Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba, Edgar Delgado, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Sal Buscema, Antonio Fabela, and Stephanie Buscema
Letters by Chris Eliopoulos
Published by Marvel Comics
Review by George Marston
'Rama Rating: 10 out of 10
Amazing Spider-Man #700 may be the masterpiece we never wanted. In one fell swoop, Dan Slott has done everything in his power to remind us all why Peter Parker is the greatest super-hero in the Marvel universe, and ensured that we'll seemingly never see him - at least not the real him - again. It's as bittersweet as a comic can be, at once a fitting swansong, the seeming end of a story we've all loved, and the start of something a little scary, a little exciting, and definitely different.
Like all great dramas, there's a lot of Amazing Spider-Man #700 that's difficult to read. Seeing Peter Parker and Doc Ock alike coming dangerously close to crossing lines that Spider-Man should never cross is hair-raising to say the least, and when it's the people that Peter loves in the crosshairs, the stakes are as high as they've ever been for the wall-crawler. There's a kind of poetry in the way Slott renders the dialogue of our two main characters, and whether by their own design, or by the over-powering height of circumstance, each one inches ever closer to sounding, and eventually behaving, like the body they inhabit. By the issue's crushing climax, when Peter Parker's life flashes before his eyes - and, thanks to their mind link, Dr. Octopus's as well - we get a glimpse of the truly "superior" Spider-Man; the one that will always lay down his life for the people he loves, the one who always swings headfirst into whatever dangers lie ahead, and the one we've known and loved for 50 years.
The thing that really carries this issue off, which makes this entire scenario plausible for this comic, let alone acceptable, is the level of care with which Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos have rendered its contents. There's never a moment that's played the wrong way, and there are many that cut right to the gut-wrenching core of Peter's predicament. Humberto Ramos, in particular, stands out. He's never been one for subtlety, but there are some truly beautiful moments in this issue, such as the sequence in which Peter, close to death in Doc Ock's body, takes a sojourn through his old neighborhood, meeting each person who has died under his watch. As Peter moves through the neighborhood, the years of his life pass as well, and Ramos successfully captures his visual evolution along with the strong emotions at play. It's in this scene that Uncle Ben, even as a figment of Peter's mind, absolves Peter for the mistakes he's made, promising him that, once he's defeated Doc Ock, he can finally rest. It's a touching moment, and one that drives the issue's final scenes.FACEBOOK and TWITTER!