Whilst I'm sure that we'll see the Kingpin again in the not-so-distant future, this story will serve as something of a minor milestone in the character's history, and hopefully will act as a full stop for the current Amazing Spider-Man storyline which will allow the book to move past an arc which has suffered from being drawn-out over the past few issues, but which could have made for a taut little thriller had the action and plot been a little more compressed. "Back in Black" hasn't been the strongest Spider-Man story ever, but neither is it a particularly egregious mis-step for Straczynski; maybe now that his tenure on the book is coming to a close we'll see him raise his game to the level of high quality that graced his earlier issues on the book, and come up with an impressive finale after a couple of years in which the book feels like it's been treading water. Read Full Review
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