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Spider-Man Crawspace Reviews @Marvel The Amazing Spider-Man #700.4

Here is today's Guest Review from the guys at Spider-Man Crawlspace for Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man #700.4. I have also added my rating after each review. If you have any questions about my rating or want to discuss anything just leave me a comment.

See the Review Rating Overview page for more information on how I rate each comic.

The Amazing Spider-Man #700.4 - The Black Lodge Part Two: Voluntary Discharge; Three O'Clock High

Continuing the special celebration of THE ORIGINAL SPIDER-MAN from Man of Action's Joe Casey & Tim Green (AVENGERS ACADEMY)!

What is the Black Lodge? And how has Spider-Man been trapped there, surrounded by his deadliest foes? Then, the Black Cat and Spider-Man team-up to bust an international art thievery ring in CAT & MOUSE by Jen Van Meter (CAPTAIN MARVEL) and Emma Rios (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN).

Finally, a young boy must learn he can't rely on super heroes like Spider-Man to stand up against bullies in 12 O'CLOCK HIGH by Clay Chapman (AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES) and Javier Rodriguez (DAREDEVIL).


Black Lodge

Wow oh Wow oh wow. This is prison ass. Firstly, like a described in the recap, when did Peter get the ability to heal like this? The Other? Spectacular Spider-Man’s Avengers Disassembled Story? Grim Hunt? One More Day? I have read to have read in the last decade and a half the story where his healing is a major plot point, cause you know, comics. The utter lack of respect for the reader here is laughable, and I find it funny that this was even produced at all. It’s a terrible story. The nurse bit reminded me of why I hated Peter Parker’s characterization during the Brand New Day era. This type of childish, immature storytelling by Casey is a large reason as to why I finally have stopped watching Ultimate Spider-Man: The Cartoon. (For those that don’t know, Casey is part of Men of Action.) It screamed every bit of Brandnewverse (as George would call it) crap that leaves an awful taste in my mouth. The saddest thing to me is that as a concept, the reverse night nurse, is an interesting concept. I’d love to see this explored more, but with someone else writing it. The art wasn’t bad either but the writing was abborant. Another thing, Peter doesn’t win in this story, in fact he’s mostly a spectator. He gets his ass handed to him, winds up at the Black Lodge, watches as the dumbass blond nurse blows the place to kingdom come, and then proceeds to just unwrap his mummification wraps and go to bed. WHAT? THIS GOT APPROVED? Kevin Cushing writes a much better Peter Parker for free. Someone got paid to write this and produce it.

REALLY? REALLY? This is how we do an anti-bulling story? REALLY? (I feel like I’m channeling Joshua Bertone right now.) Like the previous story, we have a novel concept: anti-bulling. What do we do with it? Have a kid commit a felony to achieve the outcome of being saved by Spider-Man (What Iceman was busy to put this thing out? Or Namor? Spider-Man just happened to be in the neighborhood?) and he gets largely a pass. Sure, the moral is there, in the information age, knowledge is power and intelligence gets you a lot farther than brute force, but damn.The artwork, like the last story, was good but nothing spectacular. It didn’t hurt it but it didn’t help it out either. Bullying is a real problem, but this isn’t the way to showcase it by solving a crime that goes unpunished with a worse crime of setting something on fire. (Really getting a theme to this…)
GRADE: Do I have to really say it? F.

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Images Unplugged Rating

Cover & Solicit - 4
Art, Colors & Inking - 4
Layout & Flow - 4
Story - 4
Verdict - 4 (8/10) - 
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