Posted December 10, 2012 by Mikael Angelo Francisco in Comics

COMIC BOOK REVIEW: Amazing Spider-Man #699

Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Humberto Ramos

Last issue’s reveal was quite a shocker – I daresay it did more “Internet-tearing” than what Bendis predicted would happen when he killed Hawkeye way back in Avengers Disassembled so many years ago. Peter Parker’s life just took a turn for the downright disturbing as he found himself stuck inside the body of one of his most hated foes, with only hours left to live.

The latest issue of Amazing Spider-Man explains exactly how our hero found himself in this predicament. It also takes us inside the mind of Doc Ock, revealing his memories to Spider-Man, as well as solving the mystery of how and when the brain switcheroo took place.

Dan Slott had previously gone on record as saying that this issue contains possibly the most disturbing panel in the history of the title. While the panel itself is not very disturbing, its implications truly are, and…damn you Slott, I can’t get it out of my head, you cunning, disgusting bastard. Just…ew. Yuck. Guh. I felt terrible when I read it, and felt horrible for laughing at poor Peter’s reaction to it – his weak cry of horror made the whole thing seem so hilarious.

I’m not happy with Humberto Ramos’s art. He definitely has improved and refined his style, but I still think that they should have gotten someone with a more Western penciling style. It just seems like a waste – after all, this IS the big one, and I would have wanted Dying Wish to be illustrated by someone like Mark Bagley, or the Romitas, or even Alex Ross.

Still, the overall quality of the book remains consistent, and the ending promises that everything will definitely be resolved in issue #700.


It looks like Slott is saving all the real action for Amazing Spider-Man #700. This week’s issue serves its purpose well: it explains a few things, sets up a few others, and completely creeps us out with a mental image that no Superior bleaching can ever hope to erase.

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Mikael Angelo Francisco