Amazing Spider-Man #557

Writer: Zeb Wells Artist: Chris Bachalo Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 16, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 7
8.2Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

"Sometimes It Snows In April" (Come on it's a Prince reference from 20 years ago! The day of the massively unhip editor is upon us) continues with Spidey caught in the middle of two ancient threats that are conspiring to take him and the city itself down.
Plus, Carlie trapped at the Police Station with someone after her blood!

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - J. Montes Apr 16, 2008

    Hats of to Chris Bachalo for his Mayan God design. It's undecipherable at times, looking like pieces of husk, bone, and straw all tossed onto a skeletal structure, but when we get a pull back on the camera and see this thing for what it is, I gotta say, it'd make one heck of a cool statue! His art here is probably the best of the three issues. I know I've said this before, but the borderless pages, the white panels, and the coloring are exceptional. Great package, all around. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 16, 2008

    As for Wells, his dialogue is as amusing and well-crafted as ever. However I was just struck by a few odd lapses of story logic (something that seems to be all-too common in Brand New Day) and an ending that lacks the necessary oomph. Other than advancing a few mundane details of Peter's life (he has a roommate now! Yippee!) it can be argued that nothing of consequence happened in this brief arc. Consequences be damned, though. I'm just glad that, for three weeks, Spidey once again became the headline character he deserves to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace Apr 24, 2008

    This is the first 'Brand New Day' arc of Amazing Spider-Man that I really feel has stood on its own two feet, away from the hoopla that has surrounded the 'One More Day' reboot/reset/retcon. There are no unnecessary extraneous elements that feel as though they've been included solely to set up subplots for the book's other writers, there's no forced exploration of Spidey's new status quo, and there are no sly references to Peter Parker's marital status (although that's possibly because it would draw attention to the fact that there's nothing about the story that couldn't have been achieved with a married, slightly older Spider-Man in the title role). This arc has demonstrated that it's possible to write a modern Amazing Spider-Man comic that fulfills all of the requirements for the title: it has been fun, exciting, imaginative, entertaining, and dramatic, without sacrificing the inherent lightness of the character and his world. If only all of the 'Brand New Day' arcs had been this goo Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Apr 16, 2008

    This final installment of Zeb Wells's three-part story may not have any long-lasting affect on the Spider-Man franchise. Dr. Rabin and his Mayan menaces may never be seen again. None of that really matters. What matters is that for three weeks in a row, we got to see Chris Bachalo's Spider-Man. And it was a treat. Read Full Review

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