Amazing Spider-Man #800 may be 10 bucks, but you get four issues worth of story. And it is one story, told with breakneck speed across New York — Spider-Man vs. Norman Osborn for one last time. And it is also told through the decades, with everything Dan Slott brought to the party over his 10 years, the ’90s symbiote stories, the ’70s Jameson battles and those original ’60s battle, the death of Gwen Stacy, and way back to Amazing Fantasy #1. It all gets reflected in what is Spider-Man’s biggest, most intense battle of all time. This is the Spider-Man movie you never got.
But you don’t get Alpha. Originally that character’s story, to mirror Spider-Man’s own origin, was intended to be a triple-sized anniversary issue. When that was denied him, he split it into three issues and later realised that meant the pacing was off, and it may have damaged the introduction of the character.
Well, for #800, Slott has the length of an anniversary story that really helps as it barrels from issue to issue without having to wait two weeks. Amazing Spider-Man #800 is your boxset binge of Spider-Man comics.
And here are a few things to make up for a lack of Alpha. Nothing too spoilery I hope… but enough to tease.
The Red Goblin has a few of Carnage’s tricks up its sleeve — all that blood bonding to get rid of the nanites, I guess…
You have a name for Normie Osborne’s version of the Red Goblin.
The Goblin Childe. Look, he even added an extra E. Normie Osborn has been attending too many Mediaeval Fairs. Sorry, Fayres. How long before he joins The Champions? Or fights the Champions?
Back in black for a bit as previously teased also note…
…black Spider armpit webbing. A visual style from the original comics that was scaled back over subsequent decades, occasionally coming back for effect. And here adding a fresh look at a nostalgic touch. Mary Jane is still in Stark Tower…
…though the Avengers and Iron Man are in space.
So, we presume, are all the X-Men in Central Park. Or maybe they are just watching the news from Times Square on the TV? Or maybe they’re in space too.
Oh, and those Android-styles androids. Like we said, everything Dan Slott brought in mixed with stuff from the duty and dead girlfriends from the ’60s, Jameson’s campaign from the ’70s, symbiotes from the ’80s, and clones from the ’90s.
Just no goddamned Alpha, okay?
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800
(W) Dan Slott (A) Stuart Immonen, Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jim Cheung (CA) Alex Ross
• Dan Slott and Stuart Immomen are joined by many of the artists who made the last 10 years of Spider-Man so Amazing!
• The biggest Peter Parker/Norman Osborn story of all time unfolds over one 80-page story, a scope unmatched in comics!
• Who lives?! Who dies?! And what scars will Spider-Man bear from here on out?!
Rated TIn Shops: May 30, 2018