Will this mark the end of Slott's run?
Will this mark the end of Slott's run?
No, he's been confirmed to stay on the book, at least for now. It might get renumbered back to #1, though.
Have they said how long he was confirmed for?
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I want Dan Slott to stay. I want Dan Slott to stay forever. Then after forever I should be the guy writing the book.
I am fond of anniversary issues, they tend to be good sometimes.
Amazing Spider-Man #100 (1971): that one had an awesome cover later homaged by Ultimate Spider-Man #100. It also had a WTF cliffhanger at the end. Not much drama or climactic moments save for Peter trying to rid himself of his powers. Not to mention it was Stan Lee's swan song in the series.
Amazing Spider-Man #200 (1980): so-so story. Yeah the return of the Burglar who killed Uncle Ben, as well as his demise. Him looking for a treasure. Pretty basic. Spidey on drugs and powerless. Not as impressive as #100.
Amazing Spider-Man #300 (1988): the one that made history. Eddie Brock as Venom would become the only adversary on par with Green Goblin. This is also the climactic finale of that black suit story arc. This would be the story remade over and over in almost every animated cartoon of the character. Way superior than #100. Awesome stuff!
Amazing Spider-Man #400 (1995): awful. Part of the Clone Saga and absolutely awful in every conceivable way. Aunt May "dies" for the second time, I think. Reflects how bad the series had grown at this point.
Amazing Spider-Man #500 (2003): similar to #100 and #200 in that Spidey re-evaluates his purpose as superhero. Even though #300 remains the best to date, the Uncle Ben scenes were very moving and the cryptic alternate future scenes gave me the shivers.
Amazing Spider-Man #600 (2009): I would list this as the third best anniversary issue after #300 and #500. Here we learn Doc Ock is dying and Aunt May finally puts her past behind her and marries J. Jameson Sr. Not to mention MJ catching the bouquet at the end was a nice throwback to pre-OMD era. I still wonder if she still remembers the pact with Mephisto. They implied she didn't but I think she is the only one who does remember everything. If she did, it would add sympathy for her character as she would reflect those readers who must live knowing what has been lost.
Amazing Spider-Man #700 (2012-2013?): ... hope it's good!
#100 is a perfect anniversary story (for it's era); Peter was maturing and moving toward a decision regarding his future with Gwen ( a theme that remains hotly debated 40 years later as Marvel continues to attempt to keep their heroes "young") and it was Stan's farewell to his creation so he took the character into perhaps his freakiest direction ever. JRSR's cover is legendary and it also (later in the arc) gave us the birth of Morbius and that classic Morbius/Lizard throw down!
#200 is one of my favorite issues and the capper on one of my favorite arcs of all time. Can't say enough good things about it; Marv Wolfman's tenure as writer was mostly good but this arc is flat-out great and holds up really well 30 years on.
#300 is a great story with a dynamic cover (and interior art) by rising star Todd McFarlane and a good reminder of just how good early Venom was before he was played out just a few short years later. Cannot agree with your assessment that he was the only villain on a par with Gobby. Ever hear of Doc Ock??
#400 is a wonderful issue and one of JMD's very best. Yes, Aunt May was later resurrected but this story still reads beautifully. C'mon.
#500 is sort of a snoozer for me. The series and JMS was kinda going off the rails for me here so I can't say I love this one. Gorgeous Campbell cover though
#600 is very, very good. Not quite great----I think Slott has written many better issues of ASM during his tenure but this is good. Did not quite feel epic enough for me as an anniversary issue but I have a feeling Slott will make up for that with the upcoming #700!
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#400 was one of the most powerful moments in recent Spidey history. The death scene was handled beatifully by both Dematteis and Bangley. It is still able to bring tears to my eyes even today. I really hope that #700 will be able to reach it.
I have to say though that it was extremely stupid from Marvel to recon the events of #400 later with the Final Chapter arc.
Last edited by Minerboh; 08-03-2012 at 06:04 PM.
Anyway, I think all the anniversary issues have been good. I'd rate them:
Hope 700 will be at least on par with the rest, but I'm expecting it to be in the top half of my list