by Travis Starnes, CMRO Editor
Written by Stan Lee, Art by John Romita Sr.
Published: December 1967
Part 3 of the Doc Ock Wins story Arc, and the highs and lows persist. The tone of this issue is starts noticeably (for the time at least) more dark then previous issues of Amazing Spider-Man. Parker is out for revenge for the his Aunt…
The book opens with a fight scene, not a good thing in these early comics. There is less narrating of actions, which does help. The irrational hatred of Spidey continues to be an annoying story point. Even though he clearly saved the stolen nullifier last issue, they still insist that he had a hand even with all the evidence pointing the other direction.
Also, the second attempt on the device is just poorly written. While you have to suspend great parts of your disbeliefe when reading comics, this takes it to far. He basically beats them with a couple of smoke grenades….just weak writing.
And then they give Spidey amnesia and he is convinced that he is a bad guy. This never works, not the dozen other times they have done it previous to this issue, and not in this story line. Amnesia is a device of weak writing.
All in all, this issue is a downturn from the last one. Gone is the nice character building, replaced by clunky fight scenes and poor plot ideas.