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Subj: Brief review
Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 06:26:08 pm EST
Reply Subj: Amazing Spider-Man 577 ... Excellent!
Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 07:28:42 am EST

> Without giving any spoilers, I found this to be the best Spidey story I have read so far, after the OMD thing. You guys should pick this book up, even if you hate the current direction. Just check it out, you are in for a treat!

I thought this issue was just okay. Not bad, but nothing all that Amazing, pardon the pun. At least when it came to the Spider-Man/Punisher team-up. Mainly, I just got the feeling that Frank Castle just overshadowed Spidey to the point where it seemed like the guy whose name is on the title all but became a guest star in a Punisher comic.

Also, I thought that it was established that Peter never got a driver's license or learned to drive because it played havoc on his Spider sense? Then again, he did once upon a time used to drive a motorbike and there was that Spider-Mobile. Maybe it's because the idea of him trying out different jobs apart from his freelance photography work and being unable to get one more suitable to his education is feeling a bit played out. Course, you know that this gimmick will be dead on arrival if they have Peter delivering pizzas like the character did in Spider-Man 2.

However, the section I did like and which worked really well (although it easily could have occurred after the main story rather than an interlude) was the Bookie fingering Jameson as the "S.T.K." as he calls him (not to mention the tongue in check "noirish opening" that sounded like riff on the "My city screams" trailer of the Spirit movie that's coming out.) And I think with that "Cover your ass" revelation he got makes me think the Bookie thinks it's Bill Hollister. Not just because the latest victim was a Hollister campaign volunteer, but also because (and this might be a stretch) Hollister also a clothing company which has as a featured item men's jeans (get it? "Cover your ass" with a pair of jeans). Of course, I think is another wrong lead but much closer to the truth than he realizes because I happen to think the S.T.K. is also Meance, who I also think is Carlie Cooper, who, being a forensic scientist for the NYPD (thus allowing her to rule the deaths as murders) would also have a "passion for justice" and who regards Hollister as a father figure.

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