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The Amazing Spider-Man #667 - Spider-Island Part One: The Amazing Spider-Manhattan

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It's time for some majorly crazy happenings as Spider-Island is in full swing. You would think Spider-Man's life would become easier if everyone started gaining spider-powers but Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos will make sure that is not the case.

Everyone in New York City is gaining spider-powers and you know that can't mean good things for Spider-Man.

The Good

I will admit that when I heard the premise for Spider-Island, I bowed and shook my head a little. The idea of everyone getting spider-powers seemed a little too much. Silly me. I should've known better and simply held onto my trust in Dan Slott. Ever since BIG TIME began, Spider-Man's gone through some pretty big changes. We've been seeing the build up to this story in little prelude snippets in recent issues but you don't need to have read those to know what's going on. Just know that the Jackal is involved and it's going to mean some a lot of bad shenanigans for Spidey.

Complimenting the story is Humberto Ramos' amazing art. In the calmer scenes he always manages to find the best and most unique angles in showing the characters. And when the action begins, you know his art will be a sight to be seen.

The Bad

There's a giant battle that takes place and it feels like it's contained to one small block rather than take place over all of New York City. Also, the fact that things are starting to look bad for Spidey again makes perfect sense but seeing a turn in his luck since BIG TIME began has been a nice change. In other words, be nice to Peter, Mr. Slott!

The Verdict

Spider-Island is here! The idea of New York City gaining spider-powers felt crazy but the execution by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos pays off. After months of tiny bits of set up, the action begins. Spider-Man will be in over his head when he discovers he's powers are no longer as unique as he thought. Slott brings in many guest stars and cameos but they don't feel forced. Slott sets up the action and Ramos knocks it out of the park. Ramos' art delivers what you would want and expect in a Spider-Man 'event.' This issue was so fun to read. We have big action, great art and lots of opportunities for craziness and excitement in the first part of this story. Slott has big plans in mind and you can see them about to explode onto the pages of Amazing Spider-Man.

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Fellow Viner CombatSpoon talks endlessly about Spider Island. I had planned on picking this up today but all the issues were damaged and sent back. The odds are really against me here!
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@longbowhunter: Dang that sucks, The comic gods are really against you reading this story lol. Did you get the prelude which is the last issue?
 
@G-Man: Great review G-Man, I was like you b4 skeptical about an Ny island filled with Spider-men. I'll never doubt Slott again when it comes to Spider-man. 
 Were you able to get the Deadly Foes One-Shot? Great writing by Slott, Van Lente, and Gage. 
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I hope Peter informs the Avengers that they beat him to a pulp so they'll feel embarrassed about not knowing who their friend was. And that MJ will punch the Thing in the gut.

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not a fan of Ramos' stuff, i would prefer it if Caselli did the event, loved his work on spider-man like the spider slayer arc, hell even the prologue for this event.

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I hate it when they put Ramos on this book. Only because I love his work an I actually find it tempting. Not that I'd give in, but just frustrating.
 
Also, Is Spider-woman wearing the Scarlet Spider shirt? I can't image that actually happens in story.

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Did anyone else notice the Fantasy Island reference? Stephen Wacker is listed as Mr. Rourke and Ellie Pyle as Tattoo. Cracked me up.

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first off, my letter is TOTALLY in this issue. im stoked. 
 
yeah, the snippets in the issues beforehand felt repetative and unnecessary, but this book is a solid start to whats probably going to be a fun story. idk if it needs to be as big and "event" like as marvel is making it, but im still excited. 
 
agreed about the one square block battle, but at the same time it seems NY is always getting blown up but never actually getting destroyed. i know thats just comics but it gets annoying that every other story, something is happening city-wide in NY, and yet after the stories over its not a big deal.
 
and dan is just good at writing comics. idk if hes written much else, but he is such a comic book writer. its nothing crazy different or insanely original, its just straight up good comics. action, action, action; but enough personal and drama story to make it feel real and purposeful, and most importantly fun.

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@CombatSpoon86 said:
Were you able to get the Deadly Foes One-Shot? Great writing by Slott, Van Lente, and Gage. 
i read it. wasnt worth $5, but i had a great time reading it. the hobgoblin story was really good.
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an awesome issue. It truly deserved the 5-star rating. Definitely the pick of the week, atleast for me.

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Like the reviewer mentioned, I was definately not up to reading this particular story arc as well. In fact, blur1528 and Iwere totally bashing the idea amongst ourselves when we first heard about it, but man, am I eating my words. Slott is a terrific writer who really gets Spider-Man, and it shows in every issue. I'm slo glad I jumped aboard the Amazing Spider-Man comics at the time I did, which was around issue 655. Spider-Island has been really exciting so far, and it's only the setup. I can't wait to see what happens next. Bring on #668!

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This was a good issue...I am interestedin where it goes from here
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@HenryReiley26: Yea the second teaser image had me worried but as the issues built up to it I realized it was gonna be great!