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Review: Amazing Spider-Man #646

Spidey makes a monkey of Doc Ock.

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Tracking the "goblin baby" to the Lizard's lair, Spidey and Doc Ock must team up to save the child for both of their interests.

The Good

The real fun of a thriller is the cathartic conclusion when the hero gets his payback and, to that end, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Spidey make a "monkey" out of Doc Ock in such a humiliating fashion. People have had some issues with the art, myself included, but it's really grown on me over the course of this arc. It's unusual, but it gives the roller coaster the right track of intensity, darkness and danger.

The Bad

Maybe it's because I've never been especially keen on the storylines that brought Menace into the fold of Spider-Man's mythos in the first place, but the surprise about her child's parentage in this seems doesn't sit quite right in the conclusion. While I'm sure Harry would be relieved, I would expect his disgust might outweigh his elation considering there was a strong risk of his own father being the "baby daddy."

The Verdict - 4/5

I was fortunate enough to get to read this story arc every week it came out and it's delivered on exactly what we hoped Amazing Spider-Man would be when it started coming out bi-monthly. This has been a page-turner with some gasp-inducing cliffhangers and the whole premise of Spidey going through his entire rogue's gallery to protect this baby is so strong, I could even see this standing on its own. This is vintage Spider-Man.