Amazing Spider-Man #503

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski, Fiona Avery Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: Marvel Comics Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 1
5.8Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

Thor's ne'er-do-well brother Loki guest-stars in a 2-part story arc! In the aftermath of the inter-dimensional rift caused by Spider-Man & Doctor Strange's battle with Dormammu, a sorceress of limitless power is set free from years of captivity...and sets forth on a quest through Manhattan to properly thank the one responsible for it- Spider-Man!

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Richard Vasseur Feb 11, 2004

    The art by John Romita Jr. is showing Spider-Man in all his agility. Loki is shown as more grandiose as befits a deity. Morwen is shown the same way to let you know she is a being with power. You know her plans to destroy the world are real. Poor Spidey he was the one that let her into our Universe. Now he just has to kick her back out. It won't be that easy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Feb 1, 2004

    Normally I would be joining the bandwagon that basically jumps up and down whenever Spider-Man becomes involved in a magic-based plot, as while I've enjoyed the various team-ups that he's had with Doctor Strange over the years, Spider-Man has never really shown himself to be a character that fits in all that well into the magic-based plots. However, this issue manages to succeed based largely on the simple notion that Spider-Man is shown to be out of place in this environment, as how else could one explain the extremely foolish attempt at resolving this problem by getting into a slugfest with Loki. In fact one has to smile at the panels where Spider-Man is shown to be raining punches down on a completely unfazed Loki. The interaction between Spider-Man and Loki was also a lot of fun, as Loki's annoyed arrogance makes for a fun contrast to Spider-Man's continuous banter. The scene where Loki has to apologize to Spider-Man does a solid job of playing up the notion of how unlike many vill Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Jan 31, 2004

    I would have appreciated Amazing Spider-Man more had the authors not cheated and gone back to the Dormammu plot which I thought was rendered void through magical time travel. Still, magic seldom if ever obeys the laws of physics, and this is an okay tale that's far superior to most Spidey stories just not reaching the level of quality expected from the creative team. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Feb 2, 2004

    Not an out-and-out bad issue, but a further unnecessary delay which, though thankfully brief (only another issue to conclude - hopefully a more satisfying installment) is uninteresting enough that it risks turning off an audience that has been won over by so much good work on the title before. Let's hope this blip turns out to be temporary, and the upcoming Ezekiel storyline (starting in issue #505) puts this title back on course again. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Tim Hartnett Feb 17, 2004

    It's not that this is hopelessly unsophisticated or anything, it's just horrible. Appalling. Severely dreadful. Stay away. Read Full Review

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