Thursday, 17 July 2014

Amazing Spider-Man #3 Review (Dan Slott, Humberto Ramos)


Back when Spidey was Doc Ock, he briefly came across Black Cat en route to a date with Anna Maria, punched her out and left her webbed up for the cops. She did some prison time until Electro inadvertently freed her and now she’s out for revenge…

… is anyone excited by this? Black Cat? The Marvel Catwoman who’s basically a glorified girlfriend to Spidey? She’s such a dull character! Meanwhile, Electro’s still looking for a motive to hate Spider-Man (but is doing slightly better than his movie counterpart), and Peter puts on a Hawaiian shirt in an effort to be the cool boss. That scene in the first Sam Raimi Spider-Man movie (or was it the second or third?) where Spidey’s fighting in a burning building is referenced, and that’s about it.

The return of the Amazing Spider-Man has so far been very underwhelming. What makes it worse is the massive amount of exposition Dan Slott gives Black Cat where practically every scene either has a dialogue balloon or caption with Felicia explaining that Spider-Man ruined her life and she wants revenge. Over and over and over again in a single freakin’ issue!

JJJ gets his own TV talk show, which might be fun to see, and Humberto Ramos’ art is as cool as ever but the script is seriously lacking. I’m getting less and less interested in following this series in the monthlies (or bi-weeklies or whatever the hell the Marvel shipping schedule is like!) if this is the level of quality we’re going to get from Slott. Maybe it’s time for him to take a break from Spider-Man? Because this is the first story arc for this series: Black Cat and Electro team up to off Spidey. Sigh. Ok. Whatever. What else is there to read…

Amazing Spider-Man #3

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