Amazing Spider-Man #651

Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Humberto Ramos Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 12, 2011 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 7
8.0Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

The Hobgoblin’s fight for power moves on to the next stage! Which side will Spider-Man and the Black Cat be on and why?

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jan 13, 2011

    Going forward, If every issue of Amazing Spider-Man is as good as these last three issues, Batman may quickly find itself at the very bottom of the read pile at Major Spoilers. I LOVE THIS ARC! The Slott/Ramos pairing in Amazing Spider-Man is the best writer/artist team-up I've seen in years. The story is great, it gives you hope that things are looking up for Peter (hint: it's not), and the art is fantastic. Keep in mind that my Spider-Man reading history is sparse at best, so me going ga-ga for this series should tell you something. Do yourself a favor and head back to the comic book store and pick up the three issues of Big Time, they are worth it, and this issue in particular is good enough to earn 4.5 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jan 18, 2011

    Amazing Spider-Man #651 was a fantastic end to a highly enjoyable story arc. You cannot kick off a new direction for a comic than how Dan Slott has started with Big Time. Slott just delivered a comic book story that is pure fun. With Humberto Ramos along for the ride as the artist this is a comic book that is hard not to have a smile on your face while reading and even after. If you are a Spider-Man I highly recommend picking up this comic up. And if you are looking for a fun comic to read than do yourself a favor and pick up this first arc by Slott. You will not regret it. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Jan 12, 2011

    Not as good as the last three issues, but still a damn fine comic book. Amazing Spider-Man is in outstanding hands because Dan Slott really get's what Spider-Man is about and what kinds of stories show off this character and his supporting cast. Incredible art throughout this arc by Humberto Ramos. I kinda feel sorry for the next artist. I wouldn't want to follow this art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Jan 17, 2011

    That aside, it's a strong issue, and one which suggests that "Amazing Spider-Man" has lost nothing in its transition back to a single-writer vision. Hopefully the next arc will have a little more focus, but as an introductory/re-introductory story, there's almost nothing wrong with this one. It feels the start of a new era, and better yet, one worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jan 12, 2011

    One thing that can be said about Amazing in its current direction is that it does a better job than most $3.99 books at actually offering $3.99 of content. The already densely packed main story is rounded out by a prologue to the next story arc, wherein Alistair Smythe forms an alliance wit another familiar Spider-Man rogue. Slott offers a logical connection between the two villains, but otherwise doesn't reveal too many of his cards. This story also showcases Stefano Caselli's Spider-Man work for the first time. On a fundamental level, Caselli is far more pleasing and well-rounded than Ramos. Strictly in terms of character design, however, Caselli could stand to show more variety. His villains look as if they wandered right out of Secret Warriors. I'd hate to think of Caselli's ASM issues being dominated by nothing but rejects from Leviathan's armory. Nonetheless, this upcoming arc looks as promising as the first. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 18, 2011

    The issue also includes a short Scorpion story tacked onto the end of the issue. I'm okay with Mac Gargan taking back the name, but I'm not sure I like the HYDRA looking design of the new suit, and I'm sure I hate the issues final couple of pages where the new Scorpion army is revealed. Ugh. Read Full Review

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