Review: The Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #800, big showdown


Dan Slott’s run on The Amazing Spider-Man is almost at its end. Issue 800 brings plenty to talk about. Check out our review.

Writer: Dan Slott
Artists: Nick Bradshaw and Marcos Martín
Pencilers: Humberto Ramos, Guiseppe Camunicoli and Stuart Immonen
Inkers: Victor Olazaba, Cam Smith and Wade von Grawbadger
Color artists: Edgar Delgado, Java Tartaglia, Marte Gracia and Muntsa Vicente
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

The Amazing Spider-Man #800 is a huge issue in many ways. It gives us a huge showdown between the Norman Osborn’s Red Goblin and Peter Parker’s Spider-Man. These two characters have a long history with each other, but Dan Slott gave us a Norman Osborn who we had never seen before. Creating the Red Goblin amplified the stakes for Peter.

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I’ll admit that getting into Dan Slott’s run was a bit difficult since I hadn’t been reading from the very beginning when I wanted to get current with the comics. I was able to go back a bit and fill in some blanks, but there were a lot of things to follow along with. However, there’s no denying that this is a big moment for him.

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Slott’s run isn’t over just yet. He’ll wrap things up with The Amazing Spider-Man #801, but it looks like this arc with Osborn is finished. The consequences of this battle were heartbreaking. At the end of the issue, you get the somber goodbye as we see Flash Thompson’s funeral. So much was given up by everyone involved in the battle against Norman, but Flash paid the ultimate price. Even if he wasn’t always a good guy, it was a hard-hitting moment.

I did like that the comic was split into chapters. Even though the story just continued on in each one, there was some purpose to each one and it was just a nice way to format the comic and slept up the duties on art.

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Like with most comic book runs, Slott had his ups and downs, but this issue was a good one. At times it felt like Norman was just dragging things out a little too long, but for his character, that isn’t too surprising. However, it does make the pacing of the comic feel a bit slow. Harry also gets to reclaim the Osborn name in hopes of doing something good with it.

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I have no clue where Dan Slott could possibly go after this, but I look forward to the next issue to see how he closes things out.