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The Amazing Spider-Man #678 - I Killed Tomorrow, Part 1: Schrödinger's Catastrophe

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Spider-Man has faced countless villains over the years but Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos pit Spider-Man against the one threat that he might be powerless to stop and the fate of New York City hangs in the balance.

How much difference can one man make? Spider-Man is about to find that out that hard way. A decision he makes could affect the lives of millions.

The Good

It's hard to believe that Marvel is now celebrating 50 years of Spider-Man. In that time, the character hasn't gone through too many changes yet still has the same appeal, if not more, he's always had. We've seen Spider-Man fight many villains and often the same ones from his rogues gallery. But the writers always come with a different twist against the same villains.

With this issue, Slott does give us a new twist but he also has Peter facing a different foe. This time, he's fighting against time. Without giving away too much, Spider-Man gets a glimpse 24 hours into the future. There's some bad stuff about to happen and it's up to him to stop it. The question is, how much is he to blame and can that little bit of knowledge be enough to save the day?

The idea of time travel isn't something you often see in Spider-Man comics so it's a refreshing change to see here. What makes it even better is the...line of thinking, or the theory that Slott uses when traveling forward through time.

Slott is joined by Humberto Ramos who has the task of drawing a Spidey issue without your typical Spider-Man/villain action. The action and suspense is captured and the use of various clocks throughout adds to the wonder of what might happen next.

The Bad

Labeled as a two-part story from the beginning takes away some of the suspense. Spidey's dealing with a major catastrophe but we can figure out what the chances are he'll manage to save the day in the next issue. The house ad for AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #680 inside also lets you know things will work out. We know the hero pretty much always wins so this shouldn't be a big deal but it still pulls you out of the story a little.

You have to wonder how long Peter can use the "I'm friends with Spider-Man and build him stuff" excuse. We've seen that the mystical defenses protecting his secret identity have been weakened so he really needs to start beinge extra careful once again if he intends to keep his identity a secret again.

The Verdict

Spider-Man in a time travel story. It seems like a strange pairing for Spider-Man to have to deal with the concept but Dan Slott makes it work. This isn't your typical time travel story and he even takes a line of thinking that you don't often see in time travel stories. The very idea of how much difference can one person make and how much the slightest action could affect the future makes a great story. Spider-Man is always portrayed as a true hero and he is the best character to deal with this scenario. Humberto Ramos shines as he gives us some Peter Parker action as well as Spider-Man not fighting the average Spider-Man Villain. You'll be surprised at how much action there is despite Spider-Man not going toe to toe with a costumed bad guy. Because this is part 1 of 2, you have an idea how things might end next issue. Regardless, Slott and Ramos give us a Spider-Man story with a great refreshing twist. It's a fun read with no hints as to how Spidey can possibly save the day.

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Glad to hear this issue was good. I am excited to read it.

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I thought the cliff hanger should have been the city blowing up, then the resolution next issue could have been spidey used the door to go back 24 hours. This would have meant multiple spider-mans running around which would of been fun.

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24 hours? Where is Jack Bauer when you need him?

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@kingjoeg: that's a pretty cool idea!

I think the only bad thing about where part 1 ends is that it seems like part 2 is REALLY going to be stretched out. After all, it's about to happen and he will take 20 pages to fix it? Maybe it'll just be 10 two-page spreads. I fear I may really dislike the next issue.

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@n25philly said:

24 hours? Where is Jack Bauer when you need him?

We're running out of time!

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@n25philly: He's (finally) in the bathroom.

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ASM is unstoppable, the last 3 issues have been excellent.

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Peter at the start of last issue: Lonely and depressed.

Peter at the start of this issue: "For once in my life, everything's going my way."

It's the Amazing Spider-Mood Swings!

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@sparty-dbq: Last issue was written by Mark Waid.

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@sparty-dbq: Last issue was written by Mark Waid.

I'm well aware of that, Sherlock. It was just a joke.

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Wow, for years Ramos has mot done much for comic interiors, and now he's constantly working on Spider-man. Good for him, and I love his work. Just curious what brought this sudden change.

I read the preview on Comixology for this issue. I can understand why they are doing it, but I'd never pay full price for a digital copy.

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Loved the issue. Plus it really shows how awesome a Spidey-writer Dan Slott is. Previous issue by Waid was pretty crummy compared to this amazing stuff Slott gives us. He simply gets the Peter Parker / Spider-Man characters way better than most other writers.