Amazing Spider-Man #543

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: Ron Garney Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 22, 2007 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 2
3.9Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

BACK IN BLACK Part 5. One bullet changed everything for Peter Parker. The black-clad Spider-Man has battered his way to the man who gave the kill order - Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. the Kingpin. At his darkest hour, will Peter cross the line he swore he'd never cross?

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ariel Carmona Jr. Aug 28, 2007

    I was simultaneously riveted and horrified by Peters actions this issue, but also they are very understandable. He is mostly reacting now and is trying not to let things get in the way of saving his world which is slowing crumbling all around him once more. This is a fantastic way to lead into One More Day and also a great way for Straczynski to end his run on the webslingers main title and to turn Peter into everything hes always fought against: A criminal. Prior to Civil War, Straczynskis plots were lackluster at best, but he leaves the book in good shape. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace Aug 24, 2007

    Ron Garney turns in the final issue of his run here, and he maintains the same standard of strong storytelling, dynamism and characterisation that has categorised his entire stint. Despite his fairly flat style (which is accentuated by Bill Reinhold's thick, chunky inks), he's become a firm favourite of mine when it comes to Spider-Man. His grasp of the character is evident - both in terms of his physicality and his personality - and he's got a great knack for conveying intensity through his facial expressions, which is especially important in a dramatic, emotional story like this one. His artwork definitely elevates the story that JMS is telling here - so much so that I can even forgive him the misleading cover that suggests that something really significant is actually going to happen in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Aug 23, 2007

    It is only fitting that a story arc as lousy as this one would have an ending as lame as what we got in Amazing Spider-Man #543. It is practically mind boggling how bad this five issue story arc has been. I have no idea who would enjoy this story arc. I imagine that only hardcore JMS fans or hardcore Spider-Man fans would enjoy this issue. I definitely wouldn't recommend Amazing Spider-Man to anyone else. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Aug 22, 2007

    This is an average to slightly below average issue and pretty much nothing happens in the entire issue. All the emotional impact comes off as forced and contrived or having a 'been done before' feeling. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shivesh Kumar Aug 27, 2007

    Next time you are at the library or at the comics shop, pick up a collected volume of Essentials or Visionaries - it doesn't matter if it is the Hulk, Wolverine, Spidey or Iron Man. Walter Simonson's Thor probably is the best example of how good superhero comics can be: tight, weird, powerful tales that just entertain per issue rather than just set up the next damn crossover or mega-event. And none of them have cheap tricks like what Amazing Spider-Man #543 tried with its cover. Writing back then delivered what it promised, and wasn't a long tease to an overhyped storyline that overzealous marketing violated and left for dead. Read Full Review

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