Amazing Spider-Man #538

Event\Storyline: Civil War Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: Ron Garney Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 21, 2007 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 3
4.9Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Conclusion to THE WAR AT HOME, an official tie-in to CIVIL WAR. The Civil War shaking the Marvel Universe races to its climax - with Spider-Man caught right in the middle. Where else would we expect to find him?

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ariel Carmona Jr. Feb 26, 2007

    Through most of this year and last year I have preferred to get my dose of Spidey from titles such as Friendly Neighborhood penned by Peter David, accentuated by that writer's sharp wit and unusual flights of fancy, Amazing has been a good read since the beginning of Civil War and has only gotten better with every subsequent issue. The big question remains: Will the title revert to a subpar offering following the event or will it pick up strength and momentum as a result of its aftermath? Only time will tell. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Luke Handley Mar 2, 2007

    Though the ending to this issue will have Spider-fans wringing their hands wondering what comes next, I was expecting some manner of resolution and instead all we got was another cliffhanger leading into the next arc. Fine for regular readers, but for those people who jumped on board for Civil War, this is a bit of a letdown. There simply hasnt been enough going on in these last issues to warrant sticking around for more. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Feb 23, 2007

    The only real redeeming feature is Ron Garney's art. His consistent and reliable linework has given this arc a feeling of consistency even when the story itself has been compromised by the demands of Marvel's big crossover, and Bill Reinhold's chunky and solid ink job really helps to sell the weight and substance of Garney's deceptively simple figures. The art team obviously relishes the opportunity to depict the huge battle from the end of Civil War #7, and it's a shame that this sequence is confined to just a few pages, as the rest of the issue's story is fairly repetitive, with only a full-page shot of the sleeping sniper standing out as a truly memorable visual. I'm loathe to speculate about the extent of editorial meddling in this book, but I simply can't believe that this is the way that Straczynski wanted to tell his story (and the fact that he has recently announced his departure from the book suggests that he's had enough of working within the constraints of Marvel's flagsh Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Feb 25, 2007

    Amazing Spider-Man #538 was poorly written. JMS tried way too hard and only succeeded in delivering an overly dramatic story with heavy handed and cheesy dialogue. JMS has slowly killed any and all interest I have had in Amazing Spider-Man. You know, Fantastic Four seriously improved after JMS left. I think maybe it is time for JMS to head off Amazing Spider-Man. I know that isn't going to happen any time soon, but one can still wish. Read Full Review

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