Author Archives: Erik Lexie

  • Superior Spider-Man #07 Review – Erik’s Take

    Cardiac returns to the pages of Spider-Man as an unexpected new opponent, which catalyzes a renewed struggle on Peter’s part to assert his influence and ultimately leads to a long-overdue confrontation with the Avengers. It’s nice to have the story moving again. The Superior Spider-Man #07 Words by Dan…

  • Superior Spider-Man #6AU Review – Erik’s Take

    Christos Gage takes the reins again for a post-apocalyptic What If where Otto tries to revive civilization on his own and eats some humble pie. Not having read any of the main AoU series, I can’t comment on this issue in its larger context. As a diversion from the…

  • Superior Spider-Man #06 Review – Erik’s Take

    Screwball, the villain who runs around livestreaming her heists, teams up with Jester to humiliate Mayor Jameson and Otto decides to take them down in his own particular fashion. There are some good parts, but I’m getting tired of the way Slott is dancing around the actual meat of…

  • Superior Spider-Man #5 Review – Erik’s Take

    We get another look at Massacre, who continues doing serial killer things, and Otto tracks him down and ponders whether to end his life. Like Superior #4, this doesn’t get good until the end, resulting in an issue that mostly exists to weave threads for future stories while sacrificing…

  • Superior Spider-Man #4 Review

    Superior’s first instance of a Slott-created villain arrives, with Marcus Lyman, a Big Time invention, escaping from prison to kill again. And almost nothing else of interest happens until the last page, in what I think I can confidently call the most purely mediocre issue of Superior so far.…

  • Superior Spider-Man #3 Review — Erik’s Take

    The Vulture returns in an issue that puts some interesting emphasis on Octavius’s history of having worked with Toomes before. While the book still seems to be finding its footing, this is a marked improvement over last issue and helps to move the story forward at a respectable pace…

  • Superior Spider-Man #2 Review – Erik’s Take

    Find out what happens next in the saga of the Superior Spider-Man, the world’s zaniest super hero! Now with 100% more masturbation than last issue! 90% less super villains than last issue! And the most frustrating portrayal of Mary Jane Watson since… well, since last issue. There’s only one…

  • Superior Spider-Man #1 Review

    A new era begins. Otto Octavius inhabits Peter Parker’s body, and this first issue gives a pretty clear taste of what his particular brand of web slinging is like as he goes up against a brand new Sinister Six and starts to settle into his new life. By setting…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #700 Review — The Final Issue of Amazing

    The apparently final struggle between Peter Parker and Otto Octavius has arrived. This is, for now, the “last” issue of Amazing Spider-Man — here after weeks of leaks, spoilers, arguments, and apparently some death threats — and it’s one of the most baffling comics I’ve ever tried to take…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #699 Review

    Peter struggles to figure out how Doc Ock has managed to switch bodies and begins to formulate a plan for his last-ditch attempt to win his life back. Being trapped in the body of one of his greatest foes with precious few hours left to live, he’s rightly beginning…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #698 Review

    The big secret is in. I’m not impressed. This review will not spoil the punchline, as I think the internet has already seen ample discussion of it, so try to avoid doing so in the comments as well. Instead I’m going to focus on the delivery and the issue…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #697 Review

    Peter and Max try to escape from two Hobgoblins, save Norah Winters and keep Osborn’s stash out of the Kingpin’s hands. Despite some plot issues, overall I found this to be a satisfying conclusion to one of the best arcs of Slott’s run. The Amazing Spider-Man #697 Words by…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #696 Review

    Max Modell ends up trying to free Peter from the clutches of the Kingpin while the battle between Roderick and Phil over the Hobgoblin legacy begins. It’s a decent followup to a better issue that will hopefully prove to be a bridge to a strong third act.  The Amazing…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #695 Review

    A good old fashioned Goblin war is brewing in ASM 695. Packed with story, action and suspense-building, this is an issue I don’t think anybody should skip.  The Amazing Spider-Man #695: Danger Zone Part 1 — Warning Signs Words by Dan Slott & Christos Gage Pencils by Giuseppe Camuncoli…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #694 Review

    Peter wins the battle against Alpha that he never has by finding an unexplained solution in the wreckage of an alien invasion that comes out of nowhere after saving his aunt from a crashing airplane she had no reason to be on. The Amazing Spider-Man #694 Words by Dan…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #693 Review

    The story of Alpha continues, and so does my pain. Very little differentiates this issue from the last; Alpha continues down his dark self-serving path, Peter continues down his dark it’s-all-my-fault path, the Jackal tries to capture Alpha’s power for his own use, and hilarity ensues. You can almost…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #692 Review

    The countdown to ASM 700 begins in earnest with part one of Slott’s “Alpha” story, where Peter Parker accidentally gives  a kid super powers in a fashion eerily similar to his own transformation into Spider-Man. One rule I think all writers should try to live by is not to…

  • Spider-Man Legacy

      There’s been a lot of speculation that Peter may soon be passing the mask to someone new. We can  talk all day about whether or not this is actually going to happen, but there’s a much more important question that I’ve seen a lot less serious discussion of:…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #691 Review

    No Turning Back wraps up with a generally satisfying issue. There’s finally some answer to the question of who is the Lizard and who is Connors, and there are enough legitimate surprises to keep things interesting. Typical pacing issues and Madame Web work against it, but this arc has…

  • Amazing Spider-Man 690 Review

    The third part of No Turning Back has some of Slott’s typical ADD storytelling quirks to it, and suffers for it compared to the first two issues. Readers may start to feel more conflicted about Spider-Man in this story, too, as he’s still on the warpath and showing no…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man Movie Review

    It’s “Amazing,” so I’m reviewing it. Turns out it’s amazingly good — despite coming into the theater a skeptic, I left a convert. I never thought I’d say it, but this is overall a stronger Spider-Man origin movie than the first of the Raimi trilogy. It’s not without its…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #689 Review

    The Lizard has been reverted to Connors form, but is still very much the Lizard, and he starts exacting his revenge on the puny mammals who’ve done this to him. While I didn’t feel this was quite as strong as last issue, Slott’s latest story has still got me…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #688 Review

    Spidey goes up against Lizard again, and shares a nice heart to heart with MJ about his feelings on the events of the last six issues. Despite forcing readers to remember Shed, one of the worst Spidey stories in recent history, this is actually a very well-rounded, well-told Spider-Man…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #687 Review

    Spidey faces mind-controlled Avengers and races to halt Ock’s doomsday plot as Dan Slott wraps up his latest Spidey epic in a fashion that’s both suitably explosive and jarringly abrupt. It’s a strong finale that serves to throw into perspective just how disappointing this event as a whole was,…

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #686 Review

    Ends of the Earth finally starts to pick up, as Spidey, Sable, Widow and an unlikely new ally finally close in on Ock’s base. This is the best issue of the event so far, and it really throws into perspective just how over-extended this storyline has been — the…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #685 Review

    We’ve passed the halfway point for Ends of the Earth, and I’m becoming as tired as I was with Spider Island. In this issue, Spidey keeps attacking Doc Ock’s factories while the world turns against him, some more things explode, and there’s an “all is lost” cliffhanger. If you’re…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #684 Review

    So the Avengers are down and the world’s leaders are about to agree to Doc Ock’s terms, but Spidey’s saved at the last minute by Silver Sable and he teams up with her and Black Widow to try to shut the operation down. There are some plot points that…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #683 Review

    Hey everyone. I’m playing catchup after getting a couple weeks behind due to about the worst case of flu I ever came down with and the fact that I’m trying to deal with upcoming finals. Let me take this moment to apologize to for these couple tardy reviews I’m…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #682 Review

    And here we go–it’s time for Ends of the Earth. I have a feeling this story is going to be a particularly important part of Slott’s run, and this is going to be a long review. My head is racing with thoughts on this story, where it could be…

  • Amazing Spider-Man #681 Review

    The followup to last issue’s space station mess is a quick, decent read. The plot starts to make no sense at all, but you get the feeling not that much was lost. The Amazing Spider-Man 681 Words by Dan Slott & Chris Yost Pencils by Giuseppe Camuncoli Inks by…