Amazing Spider-Man #532

Event\Storyline: Civil War Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: Ron Garney Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 19, 2006 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 7
7.2Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

After rushing to the aftermath of the Riverbank Massacre to offer aid to its victims, Peter travels with Tony Stark to Washington DC and the White House, where the enactment of the Super Hero Registration Act appears imminent. As the Marvel Universe braces for the implications of legislation that will forever change the societal status of super heroes, Peter will have to make a very important personal decision -- one that just might be the most important decision of his life.

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Deeley May 28, 2006

    I have high hopes for the rest of the story. Spider-Mans impending decision was probably made at the editorial level, but Im confident JMS can create a compelling story around this new milestone in Spider-Mans life. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St.Louis Jul 23, 2006

    Its a personal story where we see how much a manipulator Tony Stark is and the amount of influence he has. It paints Tony Stark as a dark person. Although he is a hero, its entertaining to think that heroes are not virtuous and perfect and that they have faults. Peter Parker has never looked so easy to influence. Peter Parker has signed a Faustian deal with Tony Stark and it will be interesting to see how he escapes from it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dominic Davies May 28, 2006

    This new story begins a terrific tale of a man making a terrible decision and the effect it will have on everything he loves. The story is solid, the dialog is great and the emotions are real. If you want a very human tale about the events in Civil War, this is what you are looking for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Sam Kirkland May 28, 2006

    As expected, the issues end is left ambiguous, but I personally hope Straczynski makes the plunge and shakes up the Spider-Man titles like never before. No doubt, many fans consider the secret identity a sacred and untouchable element of the Spider-Man mythos and anything to the contrary blasphemous, but I say, bring it on! This has the makings of a storyline that I feel has been a long time coming. Spidey is supposedly the character most affected by the events of the next six months, so The War At Home should continue to be an essential part of the overall Civil War picture. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace May 28, 2006

    Anyone who usually steers clear of the tie-in issues for big crossover events would do well to reconsider their prejudices and pick up this issue, because it manages to accomplish the delicate balancing act of telling a story which is as big and important for the main character as the core Civil War series is for the Marvel Universe as a whole, whilst still fleshing out the details of the central Civil War premise enough that Mark Millars series is enriched by the experience. It seems clear that Spider-Man is destined to play a big part in the Marvel Universes big conflict this summer, and Stracynski has made a great case for himself here as the perfect writer to bring us Peter Parker s side of the story. With five more issues to go, the story is already looking like a winner, and even this opening issue contains more plot than some entire arcs manage to cram in. Im sure that things wont play out in as straightforward a manner as the closing moments of this issue suggest, but I Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Robert Murray May 28, 2006

    Also very good is the art team of Ron Garney and Bill Reinhold, who have come together for another great job in this issue. Where were they for the last two issues? Tyler Kirkham and Sal Regla did a capable job filling in, particularly with action scenes, but their dramatic scenes just didnt cut the mustard. However, with Garney and Reinhold, we have some beautiful, heartbreaking close-ups that really capture the emotions that are surrounding Peters huge decision. Aunt May and Mary Jane both have tearful moments that are visually effective, even though I would have liked to have seen a close-up of Peters face before the end of the issue (For instance, in front of the mirror before he puts on his mask and...). The artwork here is another definite plus for this issue even without any action at all. All in all, this is a much better JMS Amazing Spider-Man story than I have seen in at least a few months, if not the year so far, and it looks like this kind of story will continue fo Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Nicholas Slayton May 28, 2006

    Final Thoughts: I need to make a decision, and God, I just...I dont know what to do. Same here Peter! I love the characterization and the style of the art here, but there are just so many little things that drag it down for me. Im happy we get to see another side of Tony Stark and the Registration Act. Im just not really happy that nothing happens. However, this is only the first issue of a long story arc, so I look forward to the rest. Considering Spider-Mans decision on where to stand is going to be a key plot point in Civil War, I recommend this to those of you who want to see how the perrenial Everyman handles politics. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Jun 3, 2006

    This issue is a good example of why I don't like tie-in issues with large mini-series like Civil War. The tie-in issues tend to be uninteresting and boring. Much like Amazing Spider-Man #532. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill May 28, 2006

    acceptance? Will Peter make the right choice next issue at last? Read Full Review

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