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The Amazing Spider-Man #679.1 - Morbid Curiosity

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Time for another "Point One" issue. If you've been wondering what Spider-Man (and Peter Parker) have been up to lately, this issue will catch you up while bringing back a familiar character.

We've already had a "Point One" issue in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN but last time Venom hogged the spotlight. This time we get to see a focus on Horizon Labs and the mysterious "Number Six."

The Good

The "Point One" issues are meant to be a good jumping on point for new readers. That hasn't always been the case. In doing this type of issue, there has to be the right balance between making it accessible to new readers without boring regular readers with information they already know. With regular series writer, Dan Slott, and SCARLET SPIDER writer, Chris Yost, there shouldn't be any question as to whether or not this "Point One" issue will deliver.

Peter Parker has been working at his dream job at Horizon Labs. This has given him a source of income as well as supplies and sometimes a reason to develop new technology and gadgets to use as Spider-Man. With part of the focus on Uatu Jackson, we get that outsider approach to the series. This creates the way to bring in information for new readers to become familiar with.

Since Peter began working there, there was a mysterious coworker known only as "Number Six." His identity was revealed briefly during Spider-Island but we finally get a chance to dig deeper into the ramifications of his presence and also a way to reintroduce him to the series (it's been a while since he's appeared).

The Bad

I won't spoil who the mysterious person is, in case you missed it before, but when he's in his lab, it seemed strange that he would be wearing his traditional outfit. It's basically his costume but isn't necessary and comes across as a little silly.

The Verdict

It's hard to believe the "Point One" issues are still coming out. The idea of using this numbering system is unnecessary. The idea is for this to be a good jumping on point but you have to wonder how many 'new' readers would even be aware. Slapping a big "New Jumping On Point" on the cover would work better. In this issue's defense, it does serve to introduce new readers to the idea of Horizon Labs, the place Peter Parker now works. It's not all recap information for regular readers as we get more on the mysterious "Number Six" working at the lab (who we discovered his identity during Spider-Island). It's a fun issue and the action is self-contained. There are some developments and new plots created but after the previous two-part time travel story, it's more of a way for us to catch our breath. Dan Slott, Chris Yost and Matthew Clark deliver a Spider-Man story that new and old readers can easily enjoy.

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Deranged Midget

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Not a bad issue, I didn't particularly needed, but good nonetheless.

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Fun issue! Glad I picked this up.

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I am usually not a big fan of .1 issues but I trust Dan Slott to give us an amazing issue as always

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I am completely new to The Amazing Spider-man. I read Avenging and Ultimate but I have never read Amazing. I thought this issue was really really good. I didn't feel lost and I felt like this was a pretty good jumping on point. I don't completely agree with the Reviewer in regards to "Point One" issues. If it weren't for this Point One issue I may have never picked up an "Amazing Spider-man" issue. Granted it won't get completely new readers like The New 52 initiative but for people who already read comics it is a good starting point. I really like the humor in Spider-man comics and this issue didn't disappoint. If I can afford to I plan on following Amazing for a while.

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@Youngindy21 said:

I am completely new to The Amazing Spider-man. I read Avenging and Ultimate but I have never read Amazing. I thought this issue was really really good. I didn't feel lost and I felt like this was a pretty good jumping on point. I don't completely agree with the Reviewer in regards to "Point One" issues. If it weren't for this Point One issue I may have never picked up an "Amazing Spider-man" issue. Granted it won't get completely new readers like The New 52 initiative but for people who already read comics it is a good starting point. I really like the humor in Spider-man comics and this issue didn't disappoint. If I can afford to I plan on following Amazing for a while.

Agreed. For people already reading comics, but not a particular series, the point one initiative makes sense. It highlights a jumping on point for a series they may be considering, making it easy for them if they decide to try it.

As for the review, "number six" did have a story in the The Gauntlet in 2010 (the one about the stolen vial of Spidey's blood that Black Cat had sold) only months before his re-appearance in Spider-Island. So it really hasn't been long since he appeared in ASM. He has actually been on the periphery of things for a while already.

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The issue was just eh.
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Am I the only one who thought this was a new issue 1 because of Marvel.com

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I thought it was .....okay..... i kinda in the end just flipped through it because i lost interest, but no matter! we'll see what happens next issue.

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The bad thing about point 1 issues is they are inconsistent. Example. this Spider-Man point 1 is a great jumping off point but Venom 13.1 is just a continuation of the arc from the regular #13. Not sure who made that decision.

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4 stars is very generous. There's nothing exciting going on here. I really wish I saved my money.

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@Deranged Midget said:

Not a bad issue, I didn't particularly needed, but good nonetheless.

can you spoil it for me? I won't be picking it up, but I'd like to know what I miss :p

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Tried my friend's copy. Didn't like it. Wont be picking up any time soon.

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The issue itself wasn't bad, it also wasn't as good as other issues. But it definably didn't really seem like a great jump-on point.

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Not big into Spiderman but, I like that cover.