Amazing Spider-Man #643

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Paul Azaceta Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 15, 2010 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 2
6.3Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES PART 2 Can Spidey hold off his greatest foes and keep the Osborn baby safe?

  • 7.0
    Mania - Ben Johnson September 17, 2010 Sep 17, 2010

    The story isn’t too shabby either. Unlike so many other mid-arc stories, I felt like I got a little meat and potatoes instead of several pages filled with nothing but action. Tons of characters get pulled into the act, but somehow it fits like peanut butter and jelly. Except for the inclusion of the now annoying Mary Jane (Not Parker) Watson. So much to love, why shoe-horn this whiny, bratty red head? Beside that, Waid handles things well, and I’m glad Marvel chose him to close things out. Of all the myriad or writers involved with the title, he has always had a clear grasp on what makes the character so special. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Vine - Zack Freeman Sep 15, 2010

    This is vintage Spider-Man - - everybody favorite wall-crawler facing almost-comedically insurmountable odds. It might run a little too soap operatic for modern readers, but it's still got plenty of chills (Doc Okc's creepy new redesign) and spills (the double whammy Spidey puts on Sandman and Electroc) to properly ratchet up the ol' thrill-o-meter. I'm always impressed with how the team's able to put a good title out in what has to be an unbelievably-demanding weekly release schedule. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    cxPulp - Adam Chapman Sep 16, 2010

    As I said previously, this is a great issue, very enjoyable, with a fantastic sense of pacing to keep you thrilled and engaged. Hopefully the artwork by Azaceta will get better in the next installments, because I'd hate for the artwork to drag down the gem of a script that Waid has delivered. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean StellShare this:FacebookStumbleUponDigg Sep 15, 2010

    A good, solid and dependable Spider-Man story, but missing that little bit of zass that would put it over the top. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    IGN - Dan Phillips Sep 15, 2010

    And although Waid's script hardly makes for captivating theatre, it does allow Azaceta to spent most of his time drawing Spidey in action, which is something he does with a visionary flare reminiscent of Steve Ditko. Thanks to Azaceta, the action sequences pop off the page with a sense of kinetic energy even if it's hard to care about what we're witnessing. It certainly doesn't help that Waid has Spider-Man needlessly provide play-by-play commentary of his every action, even going so far as to explain his motivation when it's more than obvious already. This is a rather poorly written comic that's only partially redeemed by stellar art. Read Full Review

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