Underwhelmed. That is how I feel about the final cover for Dan Slott’s run on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ as well as the feelings many have shared about his tenure over such a spectacular character. In June, we’ll see Slott leaving to write ‘Tony Stark: Iron Man’ which is likely what many people have felt he was already writing ever since Parker Industries was born.
In ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ #801, Slott describes the book as “everything [he] loves about Spider-Man.”
The writer came onto the title after the change in Spidey’s life where he was no longer married to MJ and much of his timeline was altered. While the retcon still doesn’t sit well with fans, he did have a few notable story arcs. The Spider-Verse was mostly well received and gave us Spider-Gwen and a slew of other random Spider-based characters from around the multiverse. On top of that, he was responsible for the ‘Superior Spider-Man’ story arc which everyone was against at first though ended up as probably the highlight of Slott’s time on the character as it gave us a way for not only Doc Ock to survive but change Peter’s life in interesting ways.
The downside of this, for many, was the formation of Parker Industries which many fans have been against as this took Parker even further away from his street-level roots. Also, it seems like the perfect area to be developed for his new project in guiding the future of Tony Stark.
It has been an interesting ten years, and we know that writer Nick Spencer (‘Captain America’) and artist Ryan Ottley are taking over the book which is being relaunched as ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ #1.
The solicit for this issue states:
After ten years, Dan Slott’s final issue of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is here, and he
isn’t pulling any punches. Joined by one of the best illustrators in the biz, Marcos Martin,
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801 is one of the most emotional, heartfelt tales not only in
Dan’s run, but in all of Mighty Marveldom itself, and is one Marvel fans around the world
won’t want to miss.
As to the artwork above, I’m not a fan. I like the concept they were going with for this, but I’m not thrilled with the end result. It doesn’t seem to match up quite right and also feels a bit too basic.
Do you wish Dan Slott was going to remain working on everyone’s favorite Webhead or are you glad that the title is changing hands? What are your thoughts on the cover of Slott’s final issue? Is Nick Spencer your first choice on writing the next installment? Share your thoughts below, True Believers!