Amazing Spider-Man 698 review

Posted by bulletproofsponge 23 November 2012

Kicking straight into the review, the first panel shows a great number of prison guards in the Raft ( the prison for Spider-Man's bad guys) rushing at the sound of a Alarm. They arrive at Doctor Octopus' s cell to find out that Dr Ock had moved (which he hadn't been doing) and was trying to say something. We find out that Dr Octopus is calling for Peter Parker.

The scene then switches to our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, feeling really positive about his day. He swings about enjoying himself when he hears a cry for help. After knocking out the bad guy, Spidey swings to his apartment. He recalls everything he has done recently, and thinks to himself how great his life is.

Peter listens to his messages after reaching the apartment. He has one from Mary Jane reminding him he's supposed to head to the club tonight, another from Jay, reminding him to come visit Aunt May at the hospital, and another from Max, reminding him about work! As he listens to each one, he thinks back on his memories with each person. (sort of)

Peter heads to Horizon Labs, where Max wants some reassurance that Peter will be able to come up with a new invention by the end of the quarter. Max is told to rest assured and Peter continues doing his thing.

That night, Peter goes to MJ's club and tells her that he wants to get together with her again. Mary Jane is somewhat shocked and tells him they will talk about it later.



She then insists they go visit Aunt May at the hospital. Peter goes with MJ t the hospital but doesn't stay for too long as his Avenger's ID starts buzzing.
MJ makes an excuse for Peter which Jay doesn't seem to accept.

Changing into Spider-Man, Peter goes to the Avengers tower where Captain America tells him that Dr Octopus wants some last words with him.

Spider-Man goes into the room to speak with Dr Octopus alone. All Dr Octopus can say are the words "Peter Parker." Spidey takes off his mask assuring Dr Ock that he is Peter Parker. At this however, a teary eyed Dr Octopus says his last words. " No...I'm Peter Parker"

And here is the part we've all been waiting for. Spider-Man then reveals he is the real Dr Octopus, who from now on will be assuming the identity of Peter Parker, with all Peter's memories, while the real Peter Parker will remain trapped, left to die in Dr Ock's body, with no one ever knowing what had happened. ( A really sad death if you ask me)

Thoughts
There is much to be said about this issue. First of all, if you managed to keep yourself free from any spoilage of this issue on the internet, it would be almost impossible to foresee what took place.

The way the story is written makes it seem like Peter/Spider-Man is just having another day enjoying his life, which he does from time to time. About midway it starts to get a little strange as we see Peter rushing his relationship with MJ, flirting with some ladies (sort of), not caring too much about Aunt May, and absolutely ignoring Jameson Sr.

So the big question on everyone's mind is, How did this happen? and Will this status quo stick?

Lots of people on the boards are saying that this will only be temporary and that the Superior Spider-Man will only be another story line until Peter comes back.

While that might be true, we have to remember that, Dr Octopus may not be the actual Superior Spider-Man. I have a gut feeling that Peter and Dr Ock are somehow going to end up sharing the same body, thus somehow creating a new personality all together, resulting in a "Superior Spider-Man."

Also, do note that Peter is not the only person in that cell who is trapped in another body. We also have Dr Connors, who is trapped in the Lizards body. Who knows, there just might be a link there to Peter's return. I also get the feeling that the Jackal might have a part to play soon enough. ( Or I could be absolutely wrong about everything, which seems to happen pretty often.)

Now how about that gold Octobot that was running around? Any clues? I first thought that maybe it had stuck itself to Peter, somehow transferring consciousness the other way around. I'm not so sure that's what happened though.

Will we be stuck with a Dr Octopus version of Spider-Man forever? I seriously doubt it, but it is pretty possible for Dr Ock to honestly turn good. After all, he does have all of Peter's memories, which is what makes Peter who he is no?

Let's just hope MJ can spot the difference soon...



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