Amazing Spider-Man #44

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 28, 2002 Critic Reviews: 2 User Reviews: 2
6.0Critic Rating
9.2User Rating

Can Peter salvage his relationship with Mary Jane? Also, Doctor Octopus confronts a curious-looking doppleganger and a brawl breaks out.

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Aug 31, 2002

    The Doctor Octopus fan in me is very happy with this issue, as every page featuring the character pleased me no end. Plus, following on the heels of his recent appearance in the sister title, I quite content with the current crop of Spider-writers when it comes to their use of my favorite Spider-villain. Now sure it's a bit much that Doctor Octopus just happen to be in Los Angeles when Peter decides to visit Mary Jane, and I found myself wondering why Doctor Octopus didn't express some disbelief over Spider-Man's arrival. The decision by the copycat villain to seek out hostages at the nearby movie studio also shows J. Michael Straczynski's plot manipulation a bit more than I'd like to see. However, I still found this section of the issue held my interest and made it easier to accept the rather uneven portrayal of Mary Jane, as we see the character shifts from begrudging understanding, to outright belligerence a bit too quickly, and it's a bit too apparent the hostility is being manufac Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Sep 1, 2002

    The final scene shows a plausible difference in the temperaments between Doc Ock and the usurper mollusk. While Doc has threatened at one time to kill three million Manhattanites and indeed would have killed those Manhattanites if not for Spidey's timely arrival, Doc Ock does not wantonly kill. The example from the past was a simple pay-up-or-die scheme. In the instance of the climax, Doc Ock hasn't a reason to harm any innocent bystanders. Thus, his actions make perfect sense. Read Full Review

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