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Spider-Man No More Original Review by Johnkmccubbin91 at Comic Vine
Amazing Spider-Man, issue 700 is out. Although I didn't know what my final reaction to this would be, as I've been skeptical since hearing that Peter Parker would not be Spider-Man in the upcoming Superior Spider-Man series. I've still however been very excited and although I'm not entirely sure what I feel since reading it, I am happy I got it.
PlotThis issue sees Peter Parker, who's trapped in Doctor Octopus' body make one last ditch attempt to get his own body, which Doctor Octopus is currently occupying back.
There are also two backup stories in this issue, one featuring an old Spider-Man telling his great grandson about his time as a superhero, and another featuring Black Cat.
The art from Humberto Ramos in this issue was very good, and although like I've said in the past I don't like how he draws Doc Ock, I could still enjoy the rest of his marvelous artwork. The way he drew each character was brilliant as usual, and I loved how he drew some of the more awkward moments. I also loved how he drew the action sequences, and felt that he really set the tone, as the other villains were sometimes confused, and Ramos showed that perfectly. I also thought that the cover for this issue by Pascal Garcin was phenomenal, and I love how it's a collage, with tons of red suited Spider-Men, and the odd Carnage as the red, ton's off Venom's and black suited Spider-Men as the black, and other Spider-Man related characters along with other Marvel characters, without colors as the white.
|Peter Talks to Uncle Ben|
|There's Not a Moment to Waste!|
|Spider-Man and Doc Ock's Last Fight|
The ending itself was a little bit disappointing, or at least in my opinion. I'll talk a bit about it, but not much to avoid spoiling it. It was maid clear a few issues before this issue that the upcoming Superior Spider-Man series would feature a new Spider-Man. After hearing this it was obvious that something would cause Peter to stop being Spider-Man, whether this was his death, an event that made him hang up his suit, or something completely different. Although I didn't like the news that there would be a new Spider-Man I still decided to go into this issue, as I will do with Superior Spider-Man #1 with an open mind. I did however not like the way this was done, and although I won't spoil it I do think it could have been done in a better way.
Final VerdictA great end to a tremendous series. I would highly recommend this issue to anyone, whether they're a Spider-Man fan or not, and the only reason this isn't rated higher is due to the backup stories, and the fact I didn't like the ending.
What I Thought
Cover & Solicit - 5/5
Art, Colors & Inking - 4/5
Layout & Flow - 4/5
Story - 5/5
Verdict - 4.6
I did find an issue with the flow of the book is that it seemed like the ending was rushed. I mean when I saw a 100 page comic I figured we would get basically 3 great issues in one, that wasn't the case. We do get an excellent conclusion but the rest of the pages are two side stories while entertaining to read IMO were filler. They could have taken Pete and Ock's story out another 10 pages and really had you feel Pete's death and give a little more explanation of how the whole linking thing worked. I also feel like this death wasn't as emotional as his Ultimate one. Maybe because we saw this coming with both the prior issues and the Superior announcement. I remember reading Ultimate Spider-Man and feeling it both in issue and in the followup funeral issue. I even felt it again when Miles talked to Aunt May in the new book. This one I really didn't shed a tear over, maybe because unlike the Ultimate version nobody knows Pete died, combined with the age of Pete at the time. Overall it was a great story and I highly recommend it to everyone. I can't wait to see how things play out in the new Superior Spider-Man series.
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