Review: Amazing Spider-Man #18
First up, I haven’t enjoyed the new direction Amazing Spider-Man has taken from its latest relaunch. There is something about having Peter Parker as a rich and successful business man that just doesn’t sit right with the character. For me, Peter struggling to balance his daily life and study/jobs with his duty as Spider-Man has been the one of the core elements of the character. As a result, I have really lost touch with a character that has been one of the staples of my comic buying life.
I decided to pick up #18 as it was promoted as the return to Doc Ock. Ock became a favourite of mine recently when he took the mantle of the ‘Superior Spider-Man’ for thirty odd issues. I loved this storyline and the way it evolved, all the way to the conclusion with Ock admitting that he could never be the hero to Peter is and allowing to to return as Spider-Man. Dan Slott really hit it out of the park with that run which pushed him into the realms of my favourite comic book writers.
Where rich and powerful Peter lost me, this issue dragged me back. There is still the ‘problem’ of Peter being rich, but it took a back seat to the reemergence of Doc Ock via a personality download to the Living Brain.
R.B. Silva has a great time with this issue. The art has a real energy to it helping the story zip along at a good pace. Slott’s writing is also good in this issue, though I found Ock’s characterization a little off in places. The major criticism I had with the issue is that the story basically ends up in the same place it starts – Doc Ock is back in the tiny robot creature, but with the knowledge he was able to collect from Parker Industries, particularly regarding cloning.
Given we know that The Jackal is returning very shortly, I would imagine we will be seeing Doc Ock and The Jackal working together (likely in the flesh) before too long. Slott does a good job at major storylines for Spidey, so I have high expectations for the upcoming Clone Conspiracy storyline.
Rating – 7/10 – good fun with a classic villain returning.