Spider-Man was in a bad spot in the final pages of ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ #689. The Lizard, now trapped in a human body with his reptile mind, had tricked Spidey into going after Morbius the Living Vampire. With the wall-crawler out of the picture, this left the Lizard time to attempt to try and find a way to reverse Morbius’ cure.

In the attempt to turn back into a reptile, the Lizard had accidentally regrown Curt Connors’ missing arm. So that none of the Horizon scientists can figure out what he’s trying, the Lizard cuts off the arm and heads out into the lab. He goes from scientist to scientist and tries to trick them into using their genius intellects to perfect a new Lizard serum. At each stop, the Lizard begins to realize that his mammal senses are taking over as he experiences things that he’s never really taken note of before… music, junk food, and video games.

While the Lizard is roaming free back at Horizon, Spider-Man is battling Morbius and trying to ignore the warnings from Madame Web. Web tells Spider-Man that he has to get back to Horizon now or things will be irrevocably changed for the worse. Spider-Man refuses to go back until he’s subdued Morbius, claiming that he won’t be responsible for the vampire hurting anyone else.

Eventually, Spider-Man makes his way back to Horizon but is he in time to change the events that Madame Web foresaw? I guess we’ll find out in the next few issues.

Dan Slott delivered yet another great issue. I don’t know of many other writers who could’ve so deftly incorporated “Call Me Maybe” and 3D Tetris into a Lizard story in such a way. The man’s a genius! As ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ careens towards the landmark #700 issue in this 50th anniversary year, each issue just seems to get better and better.

Verdict: Buy

Story by Dan Slott
Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Klaus Janson, & Daniel Green
Cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli, Klaus Janson, Frank D’armata, Shane Davis, Mark Morales, & Justin Ponsor