Amazing Spider-Man #529

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: Ron Garney Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 22, 2006 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 5
5.5Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Clothes make the man. At least that's what Tony Stark seems to think. Transformed by his experiences during "The Other" saga, Peter Parker stands poised for the next chapter of his life. And to mark the occasion, Tony has got a very special present: a new Spider-Man costume that's certain to raise eyebrows!

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Feb 26, 2006

    As a prelude to Civil War, this issue doesnt really give much away about what direction that series is going to take, short of pitting Tony Stark and Steve Rogers against one another over the direction that the government should take in its approach to superheroes. Even the good character work which is done in developing the relationship between Tony and Peter leaves a slightly bitter taste in the mouth, as the closing pages suggest that this has been done more to move pieces into place for a big crossover event than to really explore how the two characters personalities might play off each other. However, it does provide some solid Spidey action with a new twist, and will hopefully put minds at rest that think the new Spider-Man costume is just a simple visual gimmick. Ill be interested to see where the book goes from here, but I really hope that future issues address the compromises that have been made in allowing both Pete and Tonys characters to conspire so readily to turn o Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Feb 26, 2006

    Summation: A good-looking serviceable issue that makes the best of the hand Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kelvin Green Feb 26, 2006

    This really isnt the most impressive beginning for Marvels Civil War event; its a strange and desultory comic that seems more like its marking time than providing a springboard into a larger story. Even as a regular issue, its a bit naff. You can safely skip this one. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Robert Murray Feb 26, 2006

    To credit Straczynski, he has constructively added onto Peter Parkers character throughout his run on ASM, and I do believe that he is a talented writer with a great sense of symbolism and humor. But I feel that he needs to stop compromising the title for the sake of general fandom. Yes, I know that editorial interference has a lot to do with these decisions, but I also know that Straczynski is a strong enough writer to overcome these restrictions and create a product worthy of discerning Marvel readers. Marvel is trying to keep up with DC in the race to shake up their respective universes, which is great for selling comic books, but terrible for creating storylines that capture imaginations and create thought. Major-label comics have made such great strides lately in literary quality that I hope this issue is not leading Marvel down the road to predictability and inanity. Read Full Review

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