Amazing Spider-Man #612

Writer: Mark Waid, Joe Kelly Artist: Paul Azaceta Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 18, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 3
6.8Critic Rating
6.7User Rating

They’re Hunting Spiders…THE GAUNTLET begins here The event that redefines Spider-Man's classic arch-enemies one by one starts with one of his deadliest – Electro! Destitute and desperate, conned out of his life's meaning and worth—Max Dillon becomes the voice of the common man against the brutal injustice of a system overloaded by greed. With Spider-Man already looking over his shoulder. Mark Waid and Paul Azaceta bring you the story of a hero with everything to lose against a man with nothing left to gain. Prepare for death’s short, sharp shock. Prepare for Electro. Rated A …$3.99

  • 8.0
    Mania - Chad Derdowski Nov 23, 2009

    Oh yeah, there was a backup story too that I didn’t really care much for one way or the other. It was about the Black Cat. Been there, done that. Yawn. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - DS Arsenault Nov 19, 2009

    Waid and Azeceta effectively launched the new Gauntlet arc. They've hit the right tone, put the menace in place, have some secret plan hatching and it's all going south for Spidey. The editors unfortunately inserted a backup story that artistically doesn't fit the mood of the main book and the gear-shift didn't work for me. I'll still tune in for the next issue, though. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Dan Phillips Nov 18, 2009

    Amazing Spider-Man #612 is a fun, well crafted book that many fans will enjoy for no other reason than it finally introduces a familiar member of Spider-Man's rogues gallery back into the fold. At the very least, The Gauntlet promises to be entertaining for precisely the same reason, even if it doesn't turn out to be the cohesive story arc many of us (perhaps wrongly) expect. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Nov 23, 2009

    With the backup feature, frequent Amazing Spidey contributor brings his artistic collaborator from Image's I Kill Giants into the Marvel fold. It's a pleasure to see the super-hero publisher shine a spotlight on the more unusual and unique style of someone like J.M. Ken Minura, who's mainly known for creator-owned and indy-comics work. Unfortunately, this story calls for something of a vamped-up look, as Spidey's sex life factors into it heavily. Minura's manga-esque, sketchy figures are far from sexy. The characters also almost all look like little kids. There's a disconnect between the dialogue and the visual style of the piece. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Nov 29, 2009

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  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Nov 18, 2009

    I'm not sure how many people would be willing to buy a book simply for a short backup story, so I'll leave it as a Check It, but I, personally, would buy it simply for more Joe Kelly and J.K. Nimura SpiderMan. A pleasant surprise that caught me off guard and really made the issue for me whereas the Gauntlet story went south quickly. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Nov 20, 2009

    While there are some problems with the lead story (mostly with the art), this issue would have Ranked considerably higher if it did not contain the backup story. It serves almost no purpose and is so haphazardly crafted that I'm really not sure why Marvel would want to print it at all. I'd much rather have paid the standard price for this issue and only received the story that actually made sense. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Comic Addiction - Robert Tacopina Nov 19, 2009

    Being a big time Black Cat fan I can say that I enjoyed this for the pure Black Cat element. She is an underused character at the moment but it won’t be long before she gets her chance to shine. I always enjoyed that tumultuous relationship the pair share as Felicia is only interested in Petey when he is Spider-Man. All things said this story was pointless when focusing on instances not pertaining to Spider-Man and the Black Cat but shined when the spotlight was on the pair. Read Full Review

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