Amazing Spider-Man #801: Going Out on the Highest Note

Amazing Spider-Man #801: Going Out on the Highest Note

Posted by June 21, 2018 Comment

Amazing Spider-Man #801
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Writer: Dan Slott, Artist: Marcos Martin, Color Artist: Muntsa Vicente, Letters: VC's Joe Caramagna, Cover by: Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente, Variant Covers by: Russel Dauterman and Matthew Wilson; Humberto Ramos and Edgar Delgado, Production Designer: Anthony Gambino, Assistant Editors: Kathleen Wisneski and Tom Groneman, Editors: Nick Lowe with Devin Lewis, Spider-Man created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

A man on his way home from work gets a call that his father is on his deathbed. He stops at the convenient store when his taxi leaves. Unfortunately, that convenient store is being held up. When things seem to be taking a turn for the worst, Spider-Man arrives to save the day. The man makes it to the hospital, and we learn how this one night impacts his life and his perception of the world.

Amazing Spider-Man #801 cover by Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente
Amazing Spider-Man #801 cover by Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente

I’ve given Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man absolute hell in my time on Bleeding Cool. I stand by my criticisms, as the series is heavily flawed.

However, I’m glad to say that Mr. Slott is leaving ASM on a high note, as this is not only among his best Amazing Spider-Man issues but also a genuinely excellent Spider-Man comic all-around.

It focuses on a single life that Peter Parker changed in his wall-crawling alter ego, and that narrow focus allows the comic to be more personal and endearing. We get to see what one person trying to make a difference can make to even just one other person. It shows an understanding and appreciation for what makes Spider-Man such a lovable hero in a way that few writers can convey.

It’s a fantastic way to sign off from the title, and it’s genuinely touching.

Amazing Spider-Man #801 art by Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente
Amazing Spider-Man #801 art by Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente

Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente, recently nailing the visuals on Image and Panel Syndicate’s Barrier, grace this comic with their artistic talent. Martin’s somewhat cartoonish style gives the book’s visuals a classic comic feel, which perfectly fits the tone for which this comic aims. Vicente uses heavier and contrasting shades, further supporting that classic comic aesthetic.

Amazing Spider-Man #801 is a one-off masterpiece that shows a thorough grasp on the character of Peter Parker and the kind of hero he is. It’s personal, earnest, and even emotional. The art is a brilliant harkening back to the classic days of comic books. This is an all-around great issue, and I highly recommend giving it a read.

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(Last Updated June 21, 2018 12:07 am )

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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