For quite some time now, “Amazing Spider-Man” has been delivering fun, upbeat adventures featuring your favorite wall-crawler and “Amazing Spider-Man” #680 is a prime example of the book’s current philosophy. Hot on the heels of a “Point One” issue, it’s a near-perfect sample of what “Amazing Spider-Man” should be.
“Your villains suck, and that’s a direct reflection on you!” This is exactly the kind of dialog I expect in a Dan Slott (and Chris Yost) written Spider-Man comic. Spidey is facing adversity, hilarity ensues and absurdity is given to us in the form of sheer entertainment. The banter between Spider-Man and the Human Torch makes this book so enjoyable. The duo is on the Apogee 1 space station, faced with a menace leading perfectly in to the upcoming mega-story in this title but they could just as easily be in Central Park or on the Golden Gate Bridge. Slott (and Yost) make Spidey and Torch the most believable and completely entertaining ultimate buddy team-up. I’d buy a comic featuring these two arguing over the perfect spread for a bagel. Torch brings out the best in our favorite Webhead and Spidey returns the favor.
Given this issue is set aboard a space station, Slott and Yost address the appropriate topics of Human Torch’s powers being used in a confined area with limited oxygen and Spider-Man trying to shoot his webs without the cooperation of gravity. This being a Spider-Man comic and with a space setting, there are plenty of subplots and familiar faces dotting the pages around the main story but the feature of this issue is well-played.
Giuseppe Camuncoli handles the art chores on this issue with Klaus Janson as inker. Janson adds an edgy quality to the work as expected, but the essence of the art still shines through. Camuncoli is a great storyteller and very strong artist, adding wrinkles to clothing and staging scenes to give them the most realism. The artist delivers some great character acting and topnotch expressions, such as J. Jonah Jameson’s panic when a call with his son is suddenly terminated. Rounding out the art, Frank D’Armata’s colors are more traditionally comic book-like here than some of his other work, which makes all the difference for a Spider-Man book.
“Amazing Spider-Man” has continued to deliver great Spider-Man stories, poking into every corner and crevice of the Spider-Man section of the Marvel Universe. This issue, blending Spider-Man’s foes, his allies, his employment, his teams and wide-ranging supporting cast is a fine example of what to expect from this series with Dan Slott on board.