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Amazing Spider-Man #48

Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2002
By: Jason Cornwell



Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Artists: John Romia Jr. (p), Scott Hanna (i)

Publisher: Marvel Comics

PLOT
Spider-Man's fight against the Spider-Wasp woman forces him question his humanity, as well as how far he is willing to go to keep her from coming after him again.

COMMENTS
It's become quite apparent that J. Michael Straczynski wants to sell readers on the idea that Spider-Man is linked to a larger spider mythology, but unless he can produce something more compelling than what we've seen thus far I find myself wishing he would move on to his next idea. I also have some concerns about the rather predictable, almost anticlimactic climax to this issue, where we see once again we're asked to believe that Spider-Man was all ready to kill, but when the big moment comes J. Michael Straczynski backs off so quickly the whole scene comes across as weak & uninspired. The last page also left me a bit worried about where he plans on heading with Peter & Mary Jane's relationship. As for the art, John Romita Jr. continues to impress, with the battle scene providing some very powerful looking visuals.



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