The Amazing Spider-Man #12 Review

Written by: Dan Slott

Art by: Giuseppe Camuncoli

Publisher: Marvel

A book that has been heralded as:*

[quote]“probably the best comic of the decade”
“Slott is the single greatest thing since sliced bread”
“This comic made me cry because I realised I will never be as good as Dan Slott”
“All hail the mighty Dan Slott”[/quote]

Does it live up to the hype? Let us find out.

The story here starts and ends with the Spider-men on the defensive reeling from a big loss. It is full of a lot of action whether it be from the few fight scenes or them constantly being on the run. Some major plot stuff is teased but before we have time to find out what it is the Spider-men are moving again. The issue moves pretty fast with only a couple stops for exposition. That being said there is never a page without talking as these are the Spider-men no one ever shuts up. That fact actually is one of the most fun parts of the issue. I actually normally dislike Slott’s handling of Spider-man dialogue. But here he does a pretty good job. Seeing all the different Spider-men interacting is a joy. Whether it be Miles being unamused by The Ultimate Spider-Man TV shows Peter’s antics, or the Mangaverse Spider-man consoling a Super Sentai styled Spider-man. It all adds up to a lot of fun moments. But then there is the big twist at the ends which I will not spoil for you. Suffice to say I was not super impressed. It just comes out of left field and just feel like Slott trying to hard to be shocking.

The art is pretty good. It feels cartoony and vibrant which I feel is completely right at home for Spider-man. All the Spider-men have their own unique looks and stand out. I also love the brief stint in the Inheritors’ home is the highlight of the art for me here it feels ancient and unsettling as it should.  The action is easy to follow as well.

Overall the book was a fun read only really hurt by a weird plot twist at the end.


*Disclaimer: Please note those heralding quotes are from our own Josh McCullough feel free to now take him less seriously.