The Amazing Spider-Man #666 - Spider-Island Prelude
Story - Dan Slott
Art - Stefano Caselli and Marte Gracia
As someone who’s knowledge of Marvel Comics comes from pretty much everything other than the comics, I was pretty surprised at how east The Amazing Spider-Man #666 was to get into.
If you’ve thought about reading Spider-Man comics but have been put off by the high issue numbers, #666 is a great jump on point.
This issue is the prelude to Spider-Island, The Amazing Spider-Man’s big story of the year.
Manhattan has been infested with bedbugs that are giving everybody Spidey’s powers. So all of a sudden everybody in Manhattan has spider powers whether they’re good, bad, young, old, super-heroes, super villains.
At the moment Marvel’s summer crossover event Fear Itself is doing very well for itself, but Spider-Island will be the main story in a number of Marvel’s other titles such as Venom and 4 Herc and will spawn a number of one-shots such as SI: The Avengers and SI: Spider-Woman.
I’m not sure what drew me to pick this up. As most people know, I’m a DC and Image kind of guy, but I do have a soft spot for Ol’ Spidey and have always preferred him to Marvel’s other heroes. I guess the idea of Spider-Man having to deal with a spider powered city is what sealed it.
Dan Slott’s story of Peter Parker no longer being special and unique sort of takes the character back to being the geeky nobody he was before he was bitten.
One niggle I had with this is that Spider-Man never shuts up. Even when he’s on his own. This started to grate on me after a while. Another niggle I had was with the amount of product placements within the panels.
On page 3 there was an advert for the Captain America film and another for Orbit chewing gum. Further on there is an advert for Harley Davidson bikes.
Maybe I’m overreacting. I’m just used to Booster Gold appearing in most of the adverts and billboards in the DC Universe.
However, this was a great jump on point for curious Spider-fans and the start of a promising story-arc.