Amazing Spider-Man #698

Amazing Spider-Man #698

Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Richard Elson Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 21, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 1
8.2Critic Rating
9.5User Rating

The end of Spider-Man's world begins when Doctor Octopus discovers who Peter Parker really is. (Fifty years goes by

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 21, 2012

    I am not thrilled with what happens here but I love what Dan Slott is doing. It's always been clear he's having a blast writing Spider-Man and you'll want to see what happens here and what will happen next. This is more than a mere stunt. This is the evolution of the character and big change that will set the stage for the next chapter of Spider-Man. Do yourself a favor and read this issue. Try not to spoil it for others, even if spoilers are already out there. Let them read it and be shocked for themselves. Years from now you'll ask others, "Do you remember where you were when you read AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #698?" Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Nov 21, 2012

    While many are anticipating the final issue of Amazing Spider-Man, this issue is the must buy issue you will need to pick up today before all of the copies are gone. Dan Slott delivers a story that reads really well, with art from Richard Elson that compliments the shocking moments of the issue. This is a must read book for anyone even remotely familiar with Spider-Man. I was not expecting the big reveal, which really was shocking, and I'm sure readers will be talking about this moment for years to come. All I can say is, "Well done, Marvel. Well done. I hope you have a writer protection program in place for Dan Slott." Read Full Review

  • 10
    Flip Geeks - Kyle Francisco Nov 20, 2012

    Amazing Spider-Man #698 is brilliant and terrifying. I sincerely hope Slott does not drop the ball on this one, because if the first part alone is any indication, this is definitely going to be on my "greatest Spider-Man stories ever" list. Read Full Review

  • 10
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Nov 23, 2012

    The Amazing Spider-Man has not been a must-read for me since the late 1980′s but the series has elevated its game in the last year to the point where it is now one of my favorite monthly super-hero titles once more. Well done everyone. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Nov 26, 2012

    This issue has generated more press than all the other Marvel books out this week, including all of the Marvel NOW! relaunch titles that have popped up too, and it's for good reason. Slott and Elson together have set this final arc of Amazing Spider-Man off with a bang, and I cannot wait to see where we go next. After such a strong opener, let's hope that the only way is up. Read Full Review

  • 10
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Nov 23, 2012

    Literally anything can happen now in the run up to #700, and I am sure that there will be more shocks on the way. Pick this book up so you can say you were involved in this. Even if you do not pick up this title on a regular basis then jump on with this issue, it really is ideal. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - mcknight57 Nov 27, 2012

    I'm not entirely sure about the ending and I probably won't be until the end of #700. This issue gets a 5/5 for the emotions that it brought up, as wells the writing and artwork. I have hope for the next two issues that will conclude the 50 years of Amazing Spider-Man and lead the fans intoSuperior Spider-Man. Read Full Review

  • 10
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Nov 23, 2012

    This was a perfect comic, and definitely one of the best single issues I've read, not just based on the shock value of the ending but the way it was crafted to show you that while this was Peter, it also wasn't. I look forward to seeing what Slott does from here. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Nov 21, 2012

    Well played, Dan Slott. A masterfully crafted issue that'll no doubt leave just about every reader speculating for the next few weeks. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Nov 21, 2012

    These turn of events could very well be a red herring to throw fans off of the REAL surprise of Superior Spider-Man. I certainly wouldn't put it past Slott, as he's been known to throw a curve ball or two throughout his run on this book. As always, I have faith in the guy. He hasn't let me down yet. For now, I have sort of a "wait and see" attitude. All I know is that I haven't been this far to the edge of my seat in a good long while. Well played, Dan. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Deniz Cordell Nov 21, 2012

    It's always nice to read a superhero comic that fully embraces its genre and style - and this one's a real doozy. I tip my hat to the creative team for taking this sort of risk, and pulling it off in such a smart, understated fashion. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Skott Jimenez Nov 23, 2012

    So, we have two more issues (not counting #699.1 because the Point One issues rarely seem to have anything to do with the main book anymore) until Amazing Spider-Man is shelved for the time being (honestly, do you really think Marvel will keep Amazing Spider-Man away forever?) and this issue has completely changed the face of the series. One page. That's all it took for Slott to completely change everything. It's amazing… until it becomes Superior. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Nov 23, 2012

    Elson's art also keeps pace with Slott's crazy story here delivering some excellent images of Spidey doing his thing around town as well as one seriously messed up looking Doctor Octopus. Seeing Ock laid out in that bed with all those tubes inserted into him was quite a sight to behold. ASM #698 delivers on all fronts making this one hell of an issue. Whether you are a long time Spider-Man reader or just wanting to pick up a piece of the ASM action before it leaves town for good, this will be money well spent. Excitement is running through me as I wait or this story arc to continue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Nov 21, 2012

    "Amazing Spider-Man" #698 is everything I've come to expect from Dan Slott's tenure on this title: solid story, good art, classic comic book plots and subplots, brash villains and a solid adventure. Does it live up to the hype? Yes. It does. This is a Spider-Man book that changes Spider-Man without completely discarding everything. Every Spider-fan can find something to cheer about in the story and the mystery Slott adds in is sure to put some pep in fans' steps and add a Spider-sense buzz to this title for its remaining issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Nov 21, 2012

    Regardless of how the revelation in the end makes you feel the implications of what has apparently been in the works for quite some time should make any fan want to at least tip their hat to the man behind this. And for that reason Dan Slott and this issue easily earn a recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 24, 2012

    Though this definitely sheds some new light on who might be the new Superior Spider-Man. Will it be Doc Ock in Peter's body? Maybe…but I think that's stupid. As a storyline, sure, the two switching bodies would be cool. But as the basis for a whole new series? That's just taking things too far. Peter will be Spider-Man again soon enough, and trying to make this a bigger deal by giving it a new reluanch is just a waste of resources. But as Slott has been saying, we just need to keep reading to see where this goes. And I know I will definitely keep reading…though Superior Spider-Man is looking less and less interesting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Crux - Nick Verissimo May 10, 2013

    I dont know if this is what you were expecting or even waiting for, but Slott absolutely delivered on his promise. This was a terrific moment for the series and should really garner some interest from those who havent read an issue of ASM in a long time.  Things are going to definitely get a little crazier and you should definitely punch your ticket and hope on the ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Dec 23, 2012

    This was a good issue but if you like action and adventure in Spider-Man stories, so far this one probably won't be for you. I would recommend this issue as with issue 700 getting closer by the issue you wouldn't want to miss the last few issues and although this issue was more of a setup for things to come, the things revealed in this issue are worth reading, whether you like them or not. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 22, 2012

    But there's nothing here to make me change my mind. This comic is going to have to do better than this. It's going to take some serious retooling to drag me back to the fold. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Bin - Alexander Jones Nov 21, 2012

    The supporting cast gets a nice moment to shine here and in many cases those parts are the strength of the issue. Mary Jane has fun bouncy dialogue and has opened a new nightclub. Aunt May is suffering from minor health issues. The conversation piece of the issue itself lies in the end. Spider-man emerged from the previous story arc scathed. Spidey has been possessed by the mind of Otto Octavious. Which changes virtually everything and explains why the arms play such a prevalent role on the covers to upcoming issues of The Amazing Spider-man. While the cliffhanger is a new spin on the series it is hard to imagine that Spider-man will be possessed by Doctor Octopus for much longer. The only thing true believers can do at this point is speculate and wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Nov 21, 2012

    The history of Spider-Man takes a serious twist in #698. All we can do is hope the story is something we cherish instead of another blow to the already battered Spider-Man hopefuls. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Nov 22, 2012

    I hate to pee on something that some people will doubtless find “very cool”, but this just wasn't very good. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Nov 25, 2012

    The art for this particular issue is clear and clean, and it's never confusing, so that's good. But at the same time, the style is inconsistent. Richard Elson's name is a new one to me, so I can only guess he's still developing his own approach to comic art. Sometimes his work reminds me of Frank Cho's work, and at others, like Stefano Caselli's more detailed, expressive characters. At others, there's a simpler tone that dominates the art, looking a bit like a cross between the styles of Ron Lim and Todd Nauck. They're all fine artists, but the end result is the comic book looks as though it was illustrated by a team of pencillers, not a lone artist. Furthermore, Elson's work boasts a lighter look for the most part, which doesn't seem to be in keeping with the tone for which Slott strives. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Nov 28, 2012

    While Amazing Spider-Man #698 provides a much better executed comic then the last few arcs have it still has a lot of little things that become bigger problems. They are biggest being the issue having a rushed feel as Dan Slott is trying to pack in as many sub-plots as possible before the big 700th issue. Though Richard Elson's art is able to add some depth to scenes, particularly the closing scenes, it is not enough to help the Spider-Man fatigue I am beginning to feel. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker Nov 21, 2012

    Its getting harder and harder to care about this series. It doesnt have much going for it, which doesnt bode well for its eventual replacement, Superior Spider-Man (also written by Slott.) Even though the art is a vast improvement over recent issues, its not enough to recommend this series to anybody at this point. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    hatmasta Nov 25, 2012

    Decades from now, fans will be looking back at this issue and say, "This is where $H#*^ hit the fan." Slott's run has been nothing less than phenomenal, and the new direction he is taking this book is unprecedented, despite many-a-comic-fan's outbursts (many comic fans are always going to be whiners). Change is good! Slott's buildup to the final reveal of the last few pages was brilliant, and I've reread it twice to appreciate it. It's so massive that fans are scrambling back to Ends of the Earth to pick up Slott's tablescrap hints of the bombdrop in this issue. The art is a throwback to the late 90's Spider-Man style, and that fit in so well with this story. I can't say enough about Slott's run. If you haven't read it, get ASM#648 and catch up. Now.

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