Amazing Spider-Man #540

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: Ron Garney Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 9, 2007 Critic Reviews: 2 User Reviews: 5
5.8Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

BACK IN BLACK Part 2. No one's paid the price for Civil War more than Peter Parker. Now, one of his worst fears has been realized. A tragedy from which he might never recover. And if that weren't enough -- he's a fugitive, hunted, on the run.

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace May 14, 2007

    JMS is in a tricky situation with this storyline, because he's got a limited framework within which to tell his story. If he pushes Spidey too far, it's out of character, and Marvel would be unlikely to ever let their flagship superhero kill an enemy in cold blood, no matter how angry he gets. On the other hand, if he eases off too much, it's going to undermine the idea that Peter has donned the black costume out of righteous anger with a view to severely punishing his aunt's would-be assassin. Luckily, Straczynski seems to have a strong sense of how far to push Spider-Man to make him more serious and ruthless than usual without ever making him unsympathetic or monstrous, and the cliffhanger makes me interested to see where the writer takes him next. Even if I can't help but feel that this story is going to be fairly inconsequential when all's said and done, it's making for some fairly compelling drama whilst it lasts, and it looks like JMS is planning to end his run on the title w Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Jun 26, 2007

    I really don't have much more to say about Amazing Spider-Man #540 without completely re-hashing my review of Amazing Spider-Man #539. Amazing Spider-Man #540 just missed the mark with me. I continue to find this story arc completely un-engaging. Read Full Review

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