AMAZING SPIDER-MAN # 700.1 REVIEW
Frost: Part One
After not seeing Peter Parker in Spider-Man comics for almost a year now ( because he is dead), we finally have an Amazing Spider-Man Comic again! Unfortunately, he has not come back to life.. yet.
The following stories take place before Peter died.
The first story takes place on a cold Manhattan night, that is about to get colder! It follows Spider-Man doing his usual night patrolling, trying to use his powers to help the general public. He stops a mugging, saves a couple from a drunk driver, stops more muggings, bank robberies, and even prevents an cable car from falling to the ground. Spider-Man struggles to remind himself of why it is he does what he does every night.
The next day we see Peter Parker has gotten a chill from staying out in the cold the night before. He goes to the Bugle ( yes, this is a really old story), where Jameson is busy accusing Spider-Man of causing the cable car to drop to appear like a hero saving it.
That night Peter goes to Aunt May's place for dinner and they have a lovely chat about Uncle Ben. He eventually goes back to his apartment, before the winter storm hits. On his way home, Peter hears sirens. He tells himself that he will get back to his Spider-Man duties, but falls asleep ( because he was sick)
When he awakens, there is a blizzard outside. Flights are delayed, stores are closed, cars are stuck, and somehow there is a fire. The winds are so strong that a tree falls on a power cable causing a power outage in the whole city.
Realizing Aunt May is alone at her place with no electricity, Peter proceeds to go check on her and swing through the blizzard as Spider-Man.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN # 700.2 REVIEW
Frost: Part two
In this issue, we see Spider-Man struggling to make his way across Manhattan in the blizzard. On his way over, he witnesses a fire in a building. The friendly neighborhood Spider-Man makes a detour from his ever important journey and helps the firemen open the frozen fire hydrant and then proceeds to save the people stuck in the building.
In the meantime, Aunt May is freezing in her own home. A tree crashed her window in the last issue which I forgot to mention, causing her house to loose all the little heat it previously had. With the power out, and the heaters spoiled, Aunt May doesn't last long and soon falls unconscious on the floor.
After making sure everyone is safe from the fire, Spidey continues to swing to Aunt May's place but again makes another detour to help an ambulance stuck in the snow. While trying to pave the way, a truck with a snowplow arrives. Unfortunately it crashes in the ambulance almost sending it off the bridge. Fortunately, Spider-Man was able to stop the ambulance from going all the way off the bridge. The truck driver then paves the way for the ambulance and gives Spider-Man a ride to as close to Aunt May's place as possible.
Walking the last stretch to Aunt May's place, Spider-Man gets really cold and begins to hallucinate, imagining his enemies attacking him. As he is about to give up, he is visited by Uncle Ben who encourages him to move on.
Spider-Man eventually reaches Aunt May's house, gets her warm and makes sure she is alright. The next morning he helps to fix up her house, after which, Aunt May insists that he take a rest.
- THE END
This was a classic Peter Parker Spider-Man tale which we have been missing for about almost a year now with Superior Spider-Man taking over the books. As always, with Peter Parker, everything is about Uncle Ben and Aunt May. While I am not a big fan of ghost Uncle Ben appearing with his ever smiling face to reassure Peter of something all the time, his appearance here makes the issue a classic.
These two very simple stories carry some pretty deep meaning, reminding the readers of why Peter Parker chose to be Spider-Man.
Undoubtedly, the Superior Spider-Man would probably have had a much quicker, more effective way to get everything done in the last two issue much faster, but that would remove the essence of this story.
As a final thought, why is Venom not in his classic costume in Spider-Man hallucinations?