Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Amazing Spider-Man #658

With this issue we get yet another "first day with the Future Foundation" story. Not that I mind, but how much blood can Marvel squeeze from a stone? The story showcases Spider-Man being thrust into several missions all at once, but it does start off with a very questionable opening joke.

Spidey shows up for his first real day on the job wearing a modified Fantastic Four costume, much to the horror and disgust of his new teammates. Is it a funny joke? Sure, but it's also completely oblivious and far from the what we'd expect from the current Peter Parker who took Franklin Richards under his wing and shared his grief with the rest of the FF.

I have to say the amount of whining Spidey does in this issue troubles me a little. It looks like the decision is to make Peter far more kid-like than we've seen him in recent years in an attempt to better the team dynamic (which I think is a really, really bad idea). We also get the first rumblings of a major problem with Peter and Carlie's relationship which could lead to a big confrontation in the next issue. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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