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Review of Amazing Spider-Man 568 (4.5 stars) August 19, 2008

Posted by lotrking in Comic Book Reviews.
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Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

While Marvel will never be fully forgiven for the atrocity that was One More Day (unless they bring back the marriage) New Ways to Die was a giant leap in the right direction. So far, every issue since OMD has seemed hit and miss. Even the best ones had noticeable flaws. Here that is not the case. This is the best issue of Amazing Spider-Man I have read in a long time.

There is a ton of stuff going on in this issue, so let’s dive right in. Spider-Man and Menace have a brawl that ends with Menace getting away and Peter discovering an illegal sweatshop in the heart of the city. Not knowing who to sell photos to, Harry suggests Ben Urich’s Frontline paper. With Peter selling these groundbreaking pics to his longtime friend, he finally secures a new job (good! I was getting tired of his “poor me, I don’t have a job mentality,” hopefully he keeps this one!) Next we learn that mayoral candidate Randall Crowne seeks the sponsorship of Norman Osborn! We quickly touch base with Eddie Brock who, in light of his terminal cancer, has reformed and turned to religion and is currently serving in Aunt May’s F.E.A.S.T. center. As Martin Li (aka Mr. Negative unbeknownst to our heroes) gives Eddie a pat on the back, we sees some odd internal processes going on, which could likely lead to two things (discussed later). Finally, an unsuspecting Pete comes home to find his apartment full of the Thunderbolts!

The back up story tells us a little more about Eddie before revealing that he has been miraculously cured of cancer. No doubt, this comes from Mr. Li’s “friendly pat.” However, if the art was any indication, Martin’s action may have some unintended consequences as remnants of the Venom symbiote looked to have bonded with Eddie’s white blood cells. If I take this to mean what I think it does, the long awaited “Anti-Venom” may be Eddie himself! If so, all I gotta say is: heck yeah! I can’t think of a better character! To anyone looking for a bit of Invasion relief from a great story that doesn’t feature Skrulls: this looks to be one of the best offerings!

-LOTRKing

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