Amazing Spider-Man #51

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: Marvel Comics Critic Reviews: 3 User Reviews: 2
5.3Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

Date night with M.J. concludes with Spidey being summoned to investigate a new, mysterious villain. How will this stuck-in–the-past mobster handle the new world?

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Apr 3, 2003

    It's issues like this that really make one appreciate what writers like Brian Michael Bendis, Kevin Smith & Alex Robinson are capable of, as J. Michael Straczynski proves that it's not all that easy to deliver a realistic relationship between two characters. I mean the humor it's going for is grating on the nerves, and Peter is downright annoying as he nervously babbles on. However, the secondary plot involving the creation of a new villain was rather interesting, as I have to say the character is certainly a odd amalgamation of ideas, and one has the love the comic book science that explains his creation. My only real concern is that Daredevil is currently in the midst of setting off a rather impressive gang war, and this one this issue looks to be starting up may end up suffering when one compares the two. Still, this issue has left me gun-shy when it comes to MJ's role in this book, so here's hoping the action will crowd out this painful character interaction. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Kozlowski Mar 31, 2003

    This is a really good jumping on point for Amazing Spider-Man. A powerful new villain debuts and it appears he will pose a distinct challenge for Spider-Man. J. Michael Straczynski has shuttered the events of the last dozen issues, though he leaves most of them dangling. Call me foolish, but every once or twice a year I like a tiny bit of finality, if not clarity, in my favorite comics. But never mind me, Amazing Spider-Man is solid, old-school, super-hero goodness. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Mar 29, 2003

    The second joke which involves detective Lamount would have worked better visually. I would have rather seen the heroes mentioned in his dialogue stop by, check the character's credentials and go on their business as he waits for Spidey. Read Full Review

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