Writer: Christopher Yost
Artist: Paco Medina
I have read this series in the past getting the first 8 issues, but it never fully appealed to me, as with most team up series your never sure of what you're going to get, which leads to an inconsistent series, that has a good issue followed by a poor issue. I have however gotten this issue due to it being a tie-in to the 700th issue of The Amazing Spider-Man.
This issue sees the aftermath of Amazing Spider-Man 700, with Doctor Octopus as the new Spider-Man, taking over Peter Parker's life.
This was a good issue, and a decent follow-up to what was a shocking finally to the Amazing Spider-Man. I've always liked Christopher Yost work, whether that be on Marvel related animated series, or films, X-Force, or Scarlet Spider, and although I don't plan on getting this series on a permanent basis, it's nice to see the series get a decent writer. Although I liked this issue it was far from perfect, and was slow at times. Due to it telling the events of Doc Ock following ASM 700, and due to nothing exciting happening, the quality of the story drops, and it feels more of a set-up to Superior Spider-Man than a follow-up to ASM 700 at times.
I really enjoyed the art in this issue, and Paco Medina did an outstanding job. The way he drew Doc Ock as Spider-Man was brilliant, and you could easily tell that it wasn't really Peter Parker that was in there, as he sit awful moody, and although he appears to be on the side of good, you can still see the devious look on his face whilst he's thinking. I also liked the semi-collage he did on one page showing Doc Ock through the years, and thought it was brillaintlly done, showing ton's of detail. I also loved the cover by Paolo Manuel Rivera, and liked how it shows past fights between Doc Ock and Spider-Man on Doc Ock's Arms.
|Peter's New Attitude|
|Doc Ock Always Loses|
This was a good issue and a brilliant follow-up to Amazing Spider-Man 700. I would would however only recommend this to people who have read Amazing Spider-Man 700, or are already collecting the series, and would recommend as a jumping on point without reading Amazing Spider-Man 700 first.