Amazing Spider-Man #505

Writer: Fiona Avery, J. Michael Straczynski Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: Marvel Comics Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 2
6.5Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

A new story arc begins as Peter delves further into the mysterious totemistic origin of his powers when the enigmatic Ezekiel returns! Is he truly Peter's mentor and ally, or something much more?

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Mar 28, 2004

    The plot involving Mary Jane and the rather harsh assessment of her acting abilities is far and away the more engaging of this issue's parallel plots, but I will give the book credit for dealing with the "child with a gun" plot in a manner that didn't feel like it was trying to do anything more than offer up a somewhat harrowing dilemma. I mean there's no internal monologue by Spider-Man about a society where a child can get a hold of a gun, the child's reasons for why he needs the gun are easily identifiable, and Spider-Man's means of dealing with the situation nicely drew upon the character's own teenage experiences. However, this plot is also a bit familiar, and it doesn't really go anywhere all that unexpected, so I found most of my enjoyment of this issue stemmed from Mary Jane's experiences in Hollywood, as first it's good to see the character involving in a plot that doesn't involve her pining away over Peter. If I were Mary Jane though I'd be getting myself a new agent, as they Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Mar 22, 2004

    While MJ takes in the lovely colors of a sunset at Fisherman's Wharf, the sun rises in Manhattan, and an unexpected development changes the serene atmosphere and laughingly petty theft into a tense drama that once more expresses the creative team's comprehension of their medium. In reality this situation could have easily become a tragedy. Spidey's presence changes that outcome in fiction. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kelvin Green Mar 24, 2004

    This is still how Spidey should be written, and this is still one of the best superhero comics out there, but Im afraid that its getting a bit dull. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Mar 26, 2004

    Instead of the promised return to the core of the Spider-Totem plot thread and the Ezekiel storyline, Amazing Spider-man offers up another mawkish, predictable tale in which Spidey tells us "don't be a fool, stay in school". With the news that JR.Jr. is relinquishing art duties on the title after issue #508, JMS is going to have to be dazzlingly impressive in the next few issues or many are going to drop this title: and it would be a shame for a creative team which showed so much initial promise to finish their run together with bland efforts of this calibre. Read Full Review

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