Amazing Spider-Man 700
by Marcus Luera
So this is it, the final issue of Amazing Spider-Man.. Let me get something out of the way: nothing is permanent in comics, not retirement, not relationships, and of course, not death. You would be hard pressed to find a major character that has not “died” at least once.
Now to the story, and this means spoilers. Doc Ock has moved his mind into Peter Parker’s body, and put the web head’s in his. Peter is in more trouble than usual because Doc Ock is dying, and is in the last hours of his life. With the help of Hydro Man and Scorpion, he escapes and tries to get back into his body, but the Doc manages to anticipate how Peter would try to reverse the process. Peter ultimately fails in quest, and while he lay dying in Doc Ock’s body, he manages to get his memories back into his head to share space with Doc’s mind. Before Peter dies, Doc Ock, moved by Peter’s struggles, makes him a promise to carry on his name, to be a better hero.
The art is the high quality we would expect from a major comic publisher, but it’s the story that has people talking. Many are super angry—foaming at the mouth livid–about not only Peter failing and dying, but the fact that Doc Ock for all purposes is Spider-Man. Hopefully, after the anger, they can see the possibilities of the story. Like I said before, nothing is permanent, and this too shall pass. So ride it out because Parker will return in some fashion at some point.
Rating: 4 out 5 stars