Amazing Spider-Man #57

Writer: J. Michael Straczynski Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: Marvel Comics Critic Reviews: 3 User Reviews: 5
7.3Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

Peter and M.J. notice red lightening, and Peter jumps into action as Spider-Man! Spidey joins a battle with Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, Thor and Cyclops! All vs. the Mindless Ones!

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Aug 30, 2003

    John Romita Jr. does his usual reliable job for the opener. He begins to stir the reader during the aforementioned scenes depicting the sexy then tastefully nude M.J. and the build up with the red lightning. Again, artistically the book at this point earns about three bullets. John Romita Jr. can do this type of work on NyQuil. Immediately after Spidey freezes in the flash of red lightning and has readers wondering what's sent his webs in such a tizzy, Mr. Romita blows your mind and drops your jaw with a two page spread that will go down in comic book history as one of the most memorable scenes ever depicted. The visual delight does not end here but continues to the very end of the chapter where Mr. Straczynski has one more surprise up his sleeve. Keep 'em coming, gents. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Sep 6, 2003

    I like the almost grandiose feel of this story, as the rather impressive array of heroes that have been gathered reminds me of the type of story that we don't really see all that much anymore in the pages of a regular monthly title. Why I remember back in the mid-1980s we used the see this type of story all the time, from the classic throw-down between the Hulk & an army of Marvel heroes in his 300th issue, the John Byrne's Fantastic Four run where the heroes of the Marvel Universe gathered to battle Galactus. Nowadays the various titles are almost fearful of stepping on each others plot lines, that the only time we seem to get a good mixture of heroes is during a separate miniseries. So in spite of the rather awkward attempts at humor, and the somewhat contrived cliffhanger finish I must confess I rather enjoyed the wider scope this arc looks to be taking advantage of. I did have some problem accepting Aunt May's rather simplistic advice though, as it reads more like one of those long Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Mike Storniolo Aug 28, 2003

    This wasnt a bad issue by any means, its hopefully the start of a return to form for JMS, and for just $2.25, its a good deal, especially with JR Jrs excellent art. Read Full Review

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