The Avenging Spider-Man #20

The Avenging Spider-Man #20

Writer: Christopher Yost Artist: Paolo Rivera Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 8, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 2
8.1Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

THE CHAMELEON SANCTION PART 1 of 2 * Can Spider-Man keep his secrets while facing off with the Secret Avengers? * SHIELD has the Chameleon. The Superior Spider-Man wants him. Time to break into the SHIELD Helicarrier!

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 8, 2013

    The minor downside to this, of course, is that there aren't any huge action setpieces to fully exploit a concept like a breakout on the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, but those may come in time. For the moment, Chris Yost and Marco Checchetto have upped their game, and really succeeded in some exceedingly ambitious setup " when you combine the Superior Spider-Man, a handful of Avengers, a shapeshifting supervillain and two powerhouses to screw up everyone's plans, there's a lot to enjoy about this arc. I'm excited to see if Otto can untangle this twisted web next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker May 13, 2013

    Avenging Spider-Man may not get to define what happens in the ongoing saga of Superior Spider-Man, but it is giving us a very intriguing picture of the everyday functioning of Otto Octavius in the world of superheroes to which he is not accustomed and ill-suited. While I will enjoy it when Peter Parker comes back eventually, we know he'll have the lions share of all Spider-Man stories in perpetuity, give or take a clone or two, so I'm content to watch this unique look at a different kind of wall-crawler for as long as it continues to unfold. It's disconcerting to read a Spider-Man who hates all the good guys and is a completely arrogant ass, but it's pretty entertaining, too. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Stuart Conover May 12, 2013

    I really feel that if we had cut out some of the Secret Avengers dialogue that there was no reason to stretch this out into a 2 part issue. With only 2 issues remaining in The Avenging Spider-Man I feel there is a bit too much to wrap up unless this spreads over into the pages of The Superior Spider-Man to conclude this entire Sinister Six reunion story arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Stash My Comics - Leo Johnson May 9, 2013

    New readers, assuming they've seen The Avengers, might be alright. The fairly large cast of characters makes it a bit difficult for anyone who has no basis in the history, but it's still a good read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 10, 2013

    As Yost has done all along, this issue is completely open for new readers and masterfully catches them up to speed regardless of their depth of familiarity with Spider-Man (either Superior or Amazing) or this series in particular. Everything a reader needs is right here in "Avenging Spider-Man" #20, including sharp art, a solid story and fun character interactions. While "Superior Spider-Man" has certainly received more attention, "Avenging Spider-Man" is my preference of the two as it is more open, self-contained and self-sufficient. Yost and Checchetto have a great thing going here with a solid quartet of guest stars in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere May 11, 2013

    While it is mostly setup for the next issue, it cannot be said that this issue is uninteresting or badly-written as it provides us with a fun look at the S.H.I.E.L.D organization and its characters. With Checchetto and Rosenberg on the art, it also manages to look very good too. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker May 8, 2013

    Avenging Spider-Man still gives Superior a run for its money. Even when this series isn't at its best, Yost still manages to show a Spidey-Ock that is pleasing and likable. With Marco Checchetto putting this series on top with some stunning artwork, it can be hard to pick a favorite Spidey title. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 8, 2013

    But at least Marco Checchetto's artwork fits right in with the seedy world of espionage and intrigue that characterizes the current Secret Avengers title. This issue offers just the right blend of shadowy settings and dynamic super-heroics, with some top-notch character designs and facial work to boot. Hopefully the scripting can pick up enough to match the visuals in the second half of this arc. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Hatmasta May 9, 2013

    so good. Chameleon is portrayed in this issue as a creepy-as-hell psychopath. SPOILER: and he cuts off a guard's face to wear it to escape the helicarrier. My god, Yost is doing such a fantastic job on this title. Peter-Ock's characterization is perfectly on par, reflected in his thought, "I'd better make a crack now" (an attempt to put up the facade of how Peter would act to keep people from being suspicious of him). Peter-Ock is very smart, and it shows in this issue. He single-handedly outwits helicarrier security and SHIELD, gloating about it throughout the issue. Yet he also feels remorse due to the death of SHIELD personnel due to his interference. Also, the Hawkeye comments were hilarious: "Dimmest bulb in the world." HA! Wonderful work.

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas May 9, 2013

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