Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2 #53

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: Marvel Comics Critic Reviews: 3
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  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Kozlowski May 28, 2003

    At the end of the day Straczynski's underlying storyline is fairly silly - even by comic book standards. Fortunately the characters and their situations are quite compelling and its easy to forget that Digger is a cross between the Hulk and a John Romero Zombie. Straczynski has developed a small cast of characters, many of them original, and writes each one three-dimensionally. There are a few predictable directions for this story to go, which would be consistent with the retro feel. Ultimately, this is a very good mix of action and melodrama in the classic Marvel tradition. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell May 29, 2003

    I think John Romita Jr. is one of the best artists to ever work on the Spider-Man books, and I appreciate that J. Michael Straczynski looks to be crafting stories that play to his artist's strength, as the battles are truly wonderful displays of what John Romita Jr. can bring to a title. However, I'm starting to look to this book for a little more than simply a brawl of the month, and lately that's all that J. Michael Straczynski seems to be bringing to the table. The subplots are virtually nonexistent, the battles all play out in roughly the same manner, and worst of all even Spider-Mans internal thoughts during the battles are starting to feel like they've been regurgitated from the previous tussles. There's also seems to be a rather poor understanding of what makes Spider-Man & his various supporting players tick, as having Spider-Man demanding financial considerations for his services feels wrong on so many levels, and I dearly hope J. Michael Straczynski doesn't follow through on Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate May 24, 2003

    These set-pieces could have been gently worked into any story. Unfortunately, Mr. Straczynski chose to knit them into this uninspired tale merging a lesser Hulk and gangster cliches. Worse, it continues next issue. The sorry concept barely has enough steam for two. Read Full Review

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