We can now talk about Amazing Spider-Man #698′s big reveal, right…? Tell you what, let’s do it under the jump for those who have managed to remain unspoiled until now – which means that those of you who’re reading this on an RSS feed should really stop reading right now for fear of accidentally seeing something that you don’t want to. Okay, one last chance. Scram if you don’t want to be spoiled.
First things first: Congratulations, Dan Slott. That’s a really nice revelation, and an even better set-up for a story (It also gives a double meaning to the cover, which I particularly enjoy; instead of it being Otto discovering who Spider-Man really is, now it becomes Peter-in-Otto’s-body telling the reader who he actually is. I love that kind of thing); as bored as I’ve been by the Doc Ock storyline to date – Sorry, but it’s just not been working for me, especially as he’s died once already – this is a swerve that guarantees that I’ll be picking up the next couple of issues, especially if Superior Spider-Man goes where I suspect it will.
Secondly, let’s be honest: Slott was likely entirely correct when saying that retailers hadn’t ordered enough of this issue, especially if Peter does die in it… Not that I think that that’s the case, because (a) it’s comics, and (b) heroes that “die” in the first part of a three part story generally make some kind of return before everything’s over and done, not to mention (c) it’s Peter Parker, face it, he’ll be back sooner or later.
And third… With the exception of the last-minute spoilage yesterday (And, really, poor show, whoever did that. Everyone had been doing so well up until then), am I the only one who really appreciated the fact that they didn’t know what was coming in this issue? Perhaps it’s raging against an overly familiar machine at this point, but the secrecy surrounding this issue – and the fact that Marvel itself didn’t spoil it with a mainstream news outlet revealing all yesterday – added to the feeling of this storyline being something that’s important and exciting to read, making the book an event in and of itself. Perhaps it’s just the constant pleasant unspoiled surprises of 2000AD lately that have put me in this mindset, but can we have more of this kind of thing again in mainstream US comics, please…?
All around, then: Good show, Amazing Spider-Man #698. Looking forward to seeing what’s next.