Amazing Spider-Man #591

Dan Slott knows the Marvel Universe. I first came to this conclusion back when Slott was writing the solo adventures of the Thing. Ill-fated and doomed to the cancellation scrap heap after a mere eight issues, Slott displayed a singular understanding of what makes Benjamin J. Grimm the idol of millions. Here, Slott uses a rant from Ben to define the relationship between the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man.

Set to the task of ending the conflict that has been waged in the Macroverse since their last appearance there, the Fantastic Four plus One are there as time marches on in the regular Marvel Universe. For every hour in the Macroverse, 13.3 days pass in the "real" world. Kitson handles the Macroverse art chores, ably assisted by Jesse Delperdang, who alternates between inking and providing finishes. Eaglesham crafts the goings-on back on Earth. The two styles are distinct in their differences, but when placed on the same page work well enough together despite the fact that Eaglesham's art is reproduced from his pencil work.

The analogy that is used in the story is rather contrived, and even Spider-Man and Human Torch come to that conclusion. The big reveal, of course, is when the Fantastic Four re-learn the identity of Spider-Man. The explanation of Spider-Man's mindwipe and the implications thereof offer a litany of potential complications in future stories, but for now, the important thing is that the Fantastic Four feel comfortable enough to consider Spidey family. All is right with one of comicdom's most enjoyable team-ups once more.

Beyond that, the last page holds a dramatic reveal and a sharp deviation from the New York mayor storyline that has been weaving its way through the title for a year now. If you haven't had that nugget spoiled for you, then you've done a good job avoiding internet gristmills. That said, this development could be referred to as revolting -- both in terms of what it holds in store for the webhead and what it holds in store for the reader.

This is not the strongest of the issues that have resulted from the "One More Day" scenario, but it does play upon the circumstances put in play there, and for the most part would not have been possible without "One More Day." My biggest gripe, however, is that by revealing his identity to the FF, Spidey now spins them into his web of deceit that sits at the center of his current status quo.

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