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Review: Amazing Spider-Man #628

Who would save the Juggernaut?

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Spider-Man battles Captain Universe to protect the life the Juggernaut, of all people. In the back-up story, Spidey tries to do a job interview on the phone while fighting the Absorbing Man.

This is a good, old fashioned Spider-Man story that adheres to conventions of the title in a way that's involving, even if it's predictable. Of Lee Weeks' many strengths as an artist, the greatest is his ability to convey weight and depth throughout. You really believe that these are characters of varying size interacting in a fully-realized, three dimensional landscape. I really enjoyed the back-up feature, as well, which again demonstrates Mark Waid's mastery of short stories. It's just such a funny gimmick to throw a job interview on top of all the rest of Spidey's woes. And Todd Nauck's work is fun, as always.

Though he's great artist otherwise, Weeks doesn't quite have a handle on drawing Captain Universe here. It's one of Steve Ditko's most memorable costumes, but he looks more like Vance Astro or a blue Silver Surfer here, most of the time. The constellation patterns on his sleeves and chest, in particular, are rendered inconsistently enough to draw attention to themselves.
You'll get the full package when you pick this up. While the feature story is still some familiar fun, I'd almost recommend this just for the back-up. I say you ought to buy this if you're snooping through the shelves this week.