omertalvendetta's The Amazing Spider-Man #658 - Peter Parker: The Fantastic Spider-Man; Marvel Team-Up Featuring The Amazing Spider-Man & Ghost Rider- Can't Get The Service review

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Fantastic Spider-Man

Cover:  

This is one of my favorites cover of all time.  Even though it seems simple, the way Spidey is drawn here in just downright awesome.  No complaints from me, Mr. Djurdjevic's art continues to amaze me.

The Good:

The way that Slott writes the current status of the Cooper-Parker relationship is great; it has a lot of potential and it makes you wonder what will happen next in their relationship.  It's also extremely cool to see two geniuses (Reed and Parker) working together to do stuff.  It's reallly a treat to finally see what it would've been had Spider-Man actually joined the Fantastic Four back in the day (granted, Johnny would've been present), especially with how Sue and Thing react to a few people in France.  It was also a nice touch to see Franklin Richards wearing Spidey shirt.  

The Bad:

Some of the art is a little weird.  Also, usually I don't have an issue with Slott's writing, but there's a big inconsistency here within the issue... Near the beginning, Pete notices the FF flare in the sky, and thinks "...we're not called the Fantastic Four anymore."  If he's aware of this, why would he show up in the outfit that he does later on in the issue (which sort of makes no sense, since he was given the black and white outfit- though that is actually mentioned here because he supposedly forgot).  Anyways, once he shows up and he's given back his black and white outfit, he think then... "...What? Oh, we're the Future Foundation now."  He knew that already, so why show up in that blue outfit?  I know that it was supposed to be an homage to what he would've wanted to wear had he joined a long time ago, but it was highly inconsistent.  Secondly, for a few panels, Parker was unnecessarily whiny (which even the kids notice), and I just also felt that that was poorly handled.   

Overall:

Despite my minor bother with what I mentioned above, it was an above average issue.  The art could've been better, but it does make up with some of the most colorful panels I've seen inside ASM, reminiscent of other very flamboyant titles and issues in this title's past (I'm looking at you 90s).  

4/5

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