• Writer: Dan Slott
  • Art: Marcos Martin, Ty Templeton, Nuno Plati and Stefano Caselli
  • Story Title: “Torch Song”

So far I have been fairly positive about Amazing Spider-Man as a title since I came back as a review.

This time…not so much.


Spider-Man visits the Fantastic Four and reminisce on adventures that the team shared. At the end a message for Spider-Man from Johnny Storm is played and Spidey ends up joining the team.


The Commentary

There really isn’t a whole that that I have to write about this issue. The point of the story was to tell a few stories about Spider-Man and the FF and how close he and Johnny were and while I appreciate where Slott was coming from on this one I just didn’t care for it all that much.

I think a lot of that came from the fact that Johnny’s death doesn’t mean a whole lot to me. I like the FF and have followed them on occasion but for one thing I wasn’t reading the title when he died and for the other death in a Marvel comic has almost zero meaning for me at this point. Well, that’s not exactly true. Death in comics in general has almost zero meaning for me at this point. Too many characters have come back from the dead in the past decade or so that it just doesn’t have the punch it used to have. There are exceptions on both sides to be sure. I never thought I would say, “Wow, bringing Bucky back would be a great idea,” and yet I love Brubaker’s run on Captain America, so there you go.

The main problem I had with this issue is that the stories were a little too…silly for me. Johnny and Peter are hanging out and playing jokes on each other before playing an even bigger joke on Ben. Sue Storm gets arrested for showing off the Frightful Four’s underwear. Johnny, Reed and Peter stall out in space and have to fix the car before getting caught in a supernova. I just didn’t get a whole lot out of these stories. Were they funny? A bit. I chuckled here and there and I always liked the family dynamic of the Fantastic Four but this issue seemed like a ham fisted way of getting Spider-Man to join the team.

By the way, I don’t like the idea of Spider-Man joining the Fantastic Four. While it is nice to see Spider-Man getting a lot of exposure I am worried that even more of this main title will be taken up with guest appearances by the members of the teams Peter belongs to. So far we have gotten only one story arc since Big Time began that was an actual Spider-Man story. I want to see Peter interact with his supporting cast, not members of the Avengers or the Fantastic Four.

I do have to admit that Spider-Man getting trapped in the containment cell from Amazing Spider-Man #1 was a nice touch. I’ll give Slott that one.


Parting Thoughts

This issue was goofy and I didn’t care for it all that much. The writing was fine and the artwork was fine. I just wasn’t into it. This happens from time to time, though apathy is hardly the feeling I want to get from reading a comic book.


3 out of 5 webheads.

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