Amazing Spider-Man #689

Amazing Spider-Man #689

Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 4, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12
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Spider-Man, Peter Parker, Curt Connors, and the Lizard. The stars of this summer's big blockbuster movie are right here! Morbius the Living Vampire is on the loose and no one at Horizon Labs is safe—including a recently cured Curt Connors. But if Curt Connors is cured, who or what is that new Lizard creature? It's definitely someone Spider-Man knows…

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Jul 12, 2012

    Artist Guiseppe Camuncoli's style of art is actually quite appropriate for the darker tone of this story arc. He depicts Conners' hidden Lizard persona in such a way that it comes across as being very disturbing to the reader. Any minute, you expect him to bite someone's head off. His Morbius is expertly rendered as both brooding and sad, emphasizing the all-too-human soul beneath the monstrous exterior. Klaus Janson's unmistakable inks intensify the gritty look of the story. In short, this issue is a very satisfying read and also perfect for casual readers who are looking for a Spider-Man vs. Lizard fix, after having seen the new movie. As always, I give this issue a 10 out of 10. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jul 5, 2012

    Slott's reputation is that of a light-hearted storyteller, and there's been a lot of that in Amazing Spider-Man that's kept it so much fun for so long. However, he's not afraid to get into the macabre, either, and that's on full display in Amazing Spider-Man #689. It's still got the dense, entertaining writing that so characterizes him, but the wide range of themes and tones Slott can ace really makes us believe that Spider-Man is in the best hands possible, movie or no movie. The comic book has always been where it's at, anyway. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Jul 11, 2012

    Overall this was a very good comic. It was a solid continuation of this story arc and I can't wait to read how this all ends. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jul 5, 2012

    I wish I could give half stars here. Well, I will anyway. This is a 3.5 for me. I love the writing and the art on this book, and I'm glad this book is a lot of fun to read. On the downside, I felt like I wanted more because the story didn't move forward enough in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flip Geeks - Mikael Francisco Jul 8, 2012

    Verdict: This comic is worth buying for the writing, if not for the art. Then again, it's the second part of what seems to be a definitive three-way showdown between Spider-Man, Morbius and the Lizard – three characters who have had unresolved issues since Amazing Spider-Man #100 – so I think this IS worth following, if only for a sense of closure that has eluded the characters (and the readers) for almost four decades. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Jul 5, 2012

    Things go from bad to worse for Spider-Man and the scientists at Horizon Labs and I loved every moment of it. From Marvel Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Jul 9, 2012

    Camuncoli's art continues to be impressive in this issue, though he doesn't get as much time to flex his muscles as we may like, given that the Lizard only appears in one panel. His human faces aren't quite as good as his more monstrous designs for Morbius, but they get the job done and his facial expressions, especially the Lizard/Connors' more pained and angry looks as he struggles with his new predicament.Is it really any wonder that this is another in a long line of great issues? Slott manages to turn his hand to every character that comes under his pen, and when you add in his wonderful storytelling and unpredictable plot lines, you get, very simply, some amazing Spider-Man. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 5, 2012

    If not without its flaws, No Turning Back is a refreshing change of pace for the series, and not a bad gateway for prospective new readers looking for more Spider-Man vs. Lizard shenanigans. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Entertainment Fuse - Eric "djotaku" Mesa Jul 5, 2012

    Overall, this arc seems to have a lot less direction than Ends of the Earth. Based on my last year of reading ASM, it appears that Dan Slott does a much better job when he has a larger Spider-Man story. I tried to get my younger brother into ASM when I first got into it, but pre-Spider-Island was pretty weak. I thought Spider-Island was some of the best Spider-Man I've ever read. And Ends of the Earth was also great. But this arc seems to be a bit directionless. Also, Lizard's part of the story seems to be progressing along a little too typically. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Jul 7, 2012

    Some good, some mediocre. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 9, 2012

    But at the very least, Slott, Camuncoli and company are committed to a set tone, and that is something they achieve in spades. Spider-Man has always been a character known for his flexibility, with stories ranging from Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane to "Kraven's Last Hunt." But have we reached our limit for how dark we can make a mainstream Spidey book? Perhaps, like the title of the arc says, there is no going back. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Jul 5, 2012

    Dan Slott does a great job writing Spider-Man however, as his internal struggle and frustration over both the situation at hand and recent events (Silver Sable's death) isn't directly spelled out, it's inferred. All in all, this issue seemed to be filler if anything. Not great, but good in that it gets to where it needs to go, despite a bit of poor writing. Read Full Review

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