Monday, July 17, 2017

Amazing Spider-Man #30 Review - Marvel Monday

Amazing Spider-Man #30

Writer: Dan Slott & Christos Gage
Art Team: Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger,
Marte Gracia
Marvel Comics
Release Date: July 12, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Otto Ocean’s 11’s Spidey

As I try to mentally straighten out what books I want to review for you guys each week upstairs in the old brain machine one thing is certain Amazing Spider-Man and a lot of the Spider titles remain firmly in my wheel house and what I’m most comfortable reviewing each week.  Although I wavered on Spider-Man’s tie-ins status to Secret Empire I decided to try it out anyway since Doc Ock is back, yet again, only this time in a new and improved body of his own.  So after taking down Parker Industries in London last issue what does the Ock-Man have in store for our hero this week? Let find out.

Our issue starts by seemingly throwing us back a bit into the timeline around the Secret Empire event as we get beginning of Captain America establishing his dominance on the USA itself. Mockingbird whisks Spider-Man away in time so he’s not trapped under the dome and the two share a kiss that been a long time coming if you’ve read the last twenty nine issues of this series.

We flash forward, back to the Superior Octopus, confront the staff of Parker Industries San Francisco with Hydra back up. Not to be out gunned, and because they are in the mutant safe zone, a group of X-Men is present to stop an invasion of the building.  However after Ock displays a brief feat of strength, flinging Strong Guy across the city, Beast, continues being a giant pushover, and decides to allow Superior Ock to have whatever he pleases to avoid further trouble.

We do a little more world jumping here with Peter now in Shanghai, declaring this headquarters his most important asset left, with Ock slowly dismantling other Parker Industries buildings over time, then a quick check-in with Aunt May, before going back to Parker Industries once again. The company begins to prepare for the worst from the new and improved Otto, and doesn’t have to wait long, to discover everyone is completely unprepared for what happens next. 

Spider-Man attacks Ock while the various Spider-Mobiles seemingly corner our villain to the point of no retreat. This is the point Ock reveals he’s been playing the long game with Parker Industries all along, way back to when his consciousness was inside the Living Brain, and takes control of all Parker Industries tech.  The issue concludes with Ock controlling all of the Spider-Mobiles, as he sick’s them on Spider-Man, leaving us in wait to find out what happens next.

Although it disappointing for this book, which has been so good lately, to now gets dragged into event tie-in status Dan Slott, Gage, and Immonen still do a great job of giving us the reader a story with some stakes behind that will also affect Spider-Man’s status quo moving forward.  I’m always down for a little Otto vs Spidey battle and we get the setup this issue for what should be a great one next month.  While the story isn’t perfect its intriguing enough to make it worth a purchase for any Spidey fan.

Bits and Pieces

Spider-Man/Peter and his corporation are in for some trouble down the road and the ground work for the ivory tower to come crumbling down is laid here in this issue.  Despite the tie-in status between art and a few of the important story beats present this issue is worth a look.


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