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Hachette Games and Gigamic announced the upcoming tile placement game Akropolis will be coming to the US on July 1st 2022. "Construct the most prestigious Akropolis and develop cohesive districts for your citizens. As you create new buildings, you will expand your city - either spreading out or building up. The higher your stacks of tiles, the more valuable the buildings! Just make sure you don't run out of stone; it's a finite and valuable resource for every architect!" Gameplay Overview Take on the role of an architect and build your own akropolis in ancient Greece. Try to construct districts of similar buildings and stack them high to increase their value. Add plazas as multipliers for even more points! Each turn, choose an available tile and add it to your city. The further down the construction site the tile is, the more stone you'll need to pay to take it. Immediately add the tile to your city, either expanding outward or stacking higher. Once all tiles hav

Spider-Man Crawspace Reviews @Marvel The Amazing Spider-Man #700.5


Here is today's Guest Review from the guys at Spider-Man Crawlspace for Marvel's The Amazing Spider-Man #700.5. 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 #700.5 - Spider-Man & The Human Torch Save the Universe; What Would Spider-Man Do?


Peter Parker and Johnny Storm must stop an apocalyptic future by fighting - the Fantastic Four?! By Brian Reed (MS. MARVEL) and Sean Chen (AVENGERS)!

Then, a young child risks his life to save Spider-Man's in the emotional WHAT WOULD SPIDER-MAN DO? By Kevin Grievioux (NEW WARRIORS) and Lee Weeks (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN)!

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THOUGHTS ON FIRST STORY:
Well… I loved this. It had its flaws. But besides Daredevil (Pre-OMD) the FF are my favorite guest-stars and I LOVED the interaction with MJ and Peter. While the clothes certainly date the issue (They’re wearing the Bryan Hitch/Mark Millar era outfits) the FF are fun and lovely. The artwork does its job and while awkward in spots it flows really well.

I know I’ve harped on the characterization of Peter throughout these five guest reviews, but honestly this is the one which feels the most like the Peter I like, nothing is forced and feels natural. Brian Reed writes a pretty good Peter here and it shows a competence to the character that I enjoyed. (YES… Before you say it…. I know he wrote that god-awful Secret Invasion Mini-Series. He also did the Sinister Spider-Man.) I wouldn’t mind seeing more of this if this is the level of output that we’d see more of. That’s the thing: he did well enough to make me think that this would’ve taken place anywhere from 2005 on (clothes not withstanding).

THOUGHTS ON SECOND STORY:
This isn’t the first time we have seen this type of story, but I don’t know about you, each time I find something to like about it. From that first time with the Kid Who Collected Spider-Man, to Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol II) 14, to even the reverse of that with the Fusion (II) story arc in Peter Parker: Spider-Man (Vol II) 30-32. This story kicks you in the gut and takes your lunch money. Every beat is felt thanks to some damn fine artwork by Lee Weeks. The scene with MJ an Peter is touching and hits the right notes: MJ is the only person truly who understands him because she’s been down this road before. (It’s also why I liked the last story too) Peter’s guilt is natural and the things he says ring true because he’s said those things before, he has felt those things before, and while he didn’t really learn that this wasn’t his fault his character feels that way because it’s true. That’s why I love this issue some much is that there isn’t leaps in logic, it’s just good storytelling at it’s finest.

While some will complain we’ve seen it before, I think that we need stories like this to remind ourselves that even in the world where dead is never dead and Mole Men can come out of your sewers and Raccoon that can talk, there are still stakes. Life and Death Stakes and this is what this showcases that something as a good seminarian can die in your arms trying to help…. whether you’re Spider-Man or not.

Read the rest of the Review at Spider-Man Crawlspace

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Cover & Solicit - 4
Art, Colors & Inking - 3
Layout & Flow - 4
Story - 4
Verdict - 3.7 (7.5/10) - 
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