Amazing Spider-Man #54

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: Marvel Comics Critic Reviews: 3 User Reviews: 2
7.3Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

Peter Parker discovers the key to taking down the Digger, the truth is revealed about Forelli's connection with the Digger, and Peter's mob money isn't so tainted after all!

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Kozlowski Jul 6, 2003

    This has been a really goofy story. JMS plays it loose, but straight, and it works on the level of super-hero action-adventure. A year from now, nobody will remember this arc, even though it will probably be collected as a trade paperback. However, this has been a fun ride with plenty of action. The only regret I have is that JMS could have done more with the implications of working for the Mafia. This is typical of the JMS run, lots of questions posed, seldom are answers provided or ramifications realized. And if that isn't a reflection of our modern culture, I don't know what is. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Jul 5, 2003

    John Romita Jr.'s work is as ever brilliant, but it's not really the big battle scenes that caught my attention. The battle just never really seemed to require a grand display of Spidey's powers. His understated reactions from the characters however help Mr. Straczynski reap the maximum impact from the jokes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Jul 13, 2003

    An action heavy & largely enjoyable issue that is somewhat bogged down by a couple of scenes that are trying to deliver information that is unnecessary to the story at hand. I mean I don't mind a good old-fashioned debate on taking esponsibility for one's actions, but Spider-Man's exchange with the mob boss felt longwinded & downright ponderous, as the same point was made over & over again. There's also a rather shaky bit of comic book science that falls apart when J. Michael Straczynski attempts to work it into an explanation for why Spider-Man would be able to beat the Hulk. Apparently we're meant to think of the Hulk as a bottle rocket, and that if one was able to keep him mad for long enough he would eventually revert back into Banner. This flies in the face of the "madder equals stronger" premise that has been the mantra of most Hulk fans, and frankly I found the conclusion offered up, displayed a poor understanding of the Hulk's powers by J. Michael Straczynski. Read Full Review

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