Amazing Spider-Man #617

Writer: Joe Kelly Artist: Max Fiumara, Javier Pulido Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 13, 2010 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 2
8.6Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

The Gauntlet continues to close around Spider-Man in this heartbreaking story of love, loss and lust for power as the Rhino charges into Spider-Man's life, out to make a name for killing the Rhino? Joe Kelly & Max Fiumara, who kicked off The Gauntlet in Amazing Spider-Man #600's prelude, return for this pulse-pounding chapter! Rated A …$3.99

  • 10
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Jan 14, 2010

    This issue, combined with the previous two by Fred Van Lente and Javier Pulido, are the perfect examples of how to do a SpiderMan comic. Peter is likeable for the first time in years (yes, years), SpiderMan is lighthearted and fun to watch, Peter's supporting cast has been interesting and, most importantly, they aren't rubbing the whole Brand New Day status quo in our face. Aside from the lack of a marriage, these issues could have taken place at any point in Spidey's history and been just as good. Why can't every issue be like these ones? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Dan Phillips Jan 13, 2010

    (One final note: degenerate gamblers like myself who happen to live in New York will get a kick out of seeing Yonkers Raceway Casino brought to life on the page as the battleground for the issue's action. I think I almost spotted my favorite pocket of video poker machines.) Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Jan 15, 2010

    Is it too early to say that we have a major Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Jan 24, 2010

    Fiumara is one of those artists that you have to learn to like. His work does not come across as great Spider-man material, but in spirit, it feels right. Sure, Peter Parker looks like a skinny dude, but I really like the facial expressions he gives his characters and the gestures and poses they have. The colouring by D'Auria also enhanced his work. Everything flowed well, although some aspect of the storytelling were off. For example, all the scenes with the horses were badly integrated. Where did they come from and how were they killed? This issue also makes the jump from $2.99 to $3.99 which is a concern to me, although there is a back up story. I'm not sure if eight extra pages justify such an increase. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Addiction - Robert Tacopina Jan 16, 2010

    A fun issue with action and drama all rolled up into a oversized issue that features a Rhino back-up (with Javier Pulido on art and Matt Hollingsworth providing colors) which reiterates the story above by fleshing it out and going into further details of the Rhino specifically post Civil War. Writing and art on both tales was great and I really dig the work of artist Max Fiumara. His pencils are fun and compliment the story while adding to it. Just a great read front to back. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Jan 12, 2010

    Eagle-eyed readers will notice that this issue is priced at $3.99, but for that extra dollar we're treated to a backup story by Kelly that features artwork from Javier Pulido. It's a real pleasure to see Pulido provide more art for the book after turning in such strong visuals on the recent Sandman two-parter, and he provides equally charming work here. Kelly's short story may seem a little inconsequential to some, but I enjoyed it as an exploration of the character of the old Rhino, and one that adds some depth to his characterisation and his relationship with his love interest in the main story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jan 13, 2010

    This is the story I expected in the "Web of Spider-Man" issue I reviewed a month back. This is a tale of redemption for the Rhino and it makes him a character worthy of note as he struggles to stay on his redemptive path. How the new Rhino factors into the overall "Gauntlet" storyline is yet to be told, but given the identity of his "mysterious benefactor," there is little doubt that we'll be seeing robo-Rhino again. Marvel, and more specifically, Team Spider-Man, continues to deliver quality, fun Spider-Man comics. The fact that the classic Spidey foes are getting significant screen time only adds to the enjoyment of these stories. Read Full Review

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