Utterly amazing, hence the title.
Hot on the heels of one of the more controversial issues of Amazing Spider-Man issues to date comes one of the better ones this longtime fan has read in at least a couple of years. The past, however recent, is the past. A huge editorial mistake was made with #611, so we move on like good comic fans should. This issue has one heck of a storyline in the making, people! The Gauntlet storyline has arrived!
Max Dillon, a.k.a. Electro, one of the more underrated rogues in Spider-Man's gallery, has made a smashing return...as a voice for the people! Electro...a hero?! So it seems, folks, and so far I'm really liking where it's going. Void of the typical trappings of "old-villain-resurrection-plots" this storyline sees a bitter Max Dillon lamenting about his lot in life. Feeling shafted by "the man" and the big corporations, Dillon decides to take his plight to the people of New York City with surprising results. You might find yourself confused at the end of the issue as to who to root for, and it's a welcome surprise. It's a real positive after such a negative one-shot last week and I must honestly say this is one of the best Spider-Man books I've read in recent months, hands down.
Competently handled by writer Mark Waid and nicely penciled by Paul Azaceta, this arc has historic aspirations, and with the first issue actually living up to its pre-publication noise the last thread on the Marvel sweater has some length left for this writer/fan. I think if you're as disappointed as I am with the last ish of Spidey, I implore you to at least give this one a chance. What's being done with Electro is innovative, original and very appreciated in these times of economic trouble; we have a voice we can all relate to on some level, even if he is an arch villain from 1964. Just when I was ready to throw in the Marvel towel I'm a little less angry than I was earlier, and even though this is the proverbial deck-chair-off-the-Titanic scenario it at least slows the bleeding a bit.
Five of five stars for me so far - give it a shot and try really hard to forget issue 611 exists if you're so inclined. Don't give it up yet...not without a fight!