Amazing Spider-Man #45

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 25, 2002 Critic Reviews: 2 User Reviews: 2
8.0Critic Rating
9.2User Rating

Spider-Man struggles to stay alive under tons of debris, but if he doesn't free himself MJ and her co-workers face certain death at the hands of Doctor Octopus and Carlyle.

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    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Oct 1, 2002

    I do feel that there are certain ideas in the Spider-Man cannon that will never run dry matter how many times a writer decided to draw upon them. This issue offers up the classic scenario that has Spider-Man buried under a collapsed structure, and a nice sense of urgency is developed thanks to J. Michael Starczynski's well crafted dialogue, and John Romtia Jr.'s artistic brilliance. The issue also offers up a pretty solid battle between the two Doctor Octopus', and the issue also displays a wonderful understanding of the character Otto Octavius, with one little exchange between him & Spider-Man being particularly impressive. As for the whole Mary Jane situation, I do like that the two are back on speaking terms, and Kevin Smith doesn't have a huge hurdle to overcome in getting them back together. Still, Mary Jane does come across as a bit self centered during her final speech, and Peter's "until the stars turn cold" response is almost cringe worthy, but since J. Michael Starczynski isn Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Sep 29, 2002

    John Romita Jr. effectively pins Spidey's expression with determination, desperation and dishevelment. He looks ready to fall over at any moment. Romita's Mary Jane looks far better this issue than she did the last chapter. Not only does she appear sturdier. She also is more expressive with a clear concern for Spidey' welfare. Her worry over her husband makes the penultimate scene acceptable and gives the end-note its heart. Read Full Review

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