Posted November 6, 2012 by Mikael Angelo Francisco in Comics

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Amazing Spider-Man #696

Reviewing Amazing Spider-Man #696 by Dan Slott, Christos Gage and Giuseppe Camuncoli.

The second to the last story arc of The Amazing Spider-Man ongoing continues this month with Part 2 of Danger Zone, focusing on the return of the original Hobgoblin, Roderick Kingsley.

Last issue’s cliffhanger ending was resolved in a rather predictable manner, and things move rather quickly from there. The highlights of this issue include the beginning of the one-on-one smackdown between the original Hobby and the new one, Phil Urich, as well as a bit of character development for Max Modell. I’m a bit displeased about the Spider-sense scrambler getting decommissioned rather easily – then again, I don’t think we’d want to read part 2 of the Amazing Headache-Man, so I guess things are better this way.

Slott and Gage continue to prove that they work well together, though I have a feeling that most of this issue in particular was written and plotted by Slott. Camuncoli’s art continues to be rough and hard-edged, providing just the right mood for this story. As usual, Steve McNiven’s cover art is awesome, and features the most creative use of the iconic Spider-Man mask I’ve seen in recent times.

To be honest, most of us are just looking forward to the last three issues of Amazing (698-700), and this Hobgoblin story – possibly the last Hobgoblin story we’ll get for the foreseeable future – serves as a pretty decent appetizer for the aforementioned last arc of Amazing and January’s Superior Spider-Man.


This issue gets a solid 4 web balls from me, and I’m patiently waiting for the last part of this story arc.

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Mikael Angelo Francisco