Monday, November 5, 2012

Tash's Pick of the (Last) Week: Amazing Spider-Man #696

Key To The Kingdom
Written By Dan Slott
Pencils By Giuseppe Camuncoli
Inks By Dan Green



Well this is late because the Hurricane know as Sandy knocked out my power for over a week. Needless to say there were times when i i had to sleep in my jacket to stay warm. See so you can't give me any complaints as to why this is late. OK you could but then that would make you a cold cold bastards.

In this issue Peter has been taken hostage by Hobgoblin and the Kingpin. They want the case that was stolen from them by Peter when he was Spidey last issue. Tiberius Stone has built a device that renders Peters spider sense useless. Not useless that it doesn't work, but useless because it keeps going off for every little thing.

The Original Hobgoblin breaks into Phil Ulrich's apartment to gather Intel on him. The original Hobgoblin learns what we already know. Phil is kind of a total dumbass other than the fact that he has a sonic scream.
Props to artist Giuseppe Camuncoli does a really good job of making Hobgoblin look downright creepy.

Using Pete as bait, Kingpin gives Max Modell a ring via face time. Kingpin wants the case that was taken from him last issue in exchange for Peter Parkers life. We all know that that can't happen. Why dear reader? Cause Peter and Spider-Man are the same person. Gasp! We never saw it coming. Who knew.

Modell totally wimps out and brings that case. It was great that we didn't have to wait thirty issues to find out what was inside the case. Inside is the Goblin key. The key holds the secret to all of Norman Osborn's secrets from his time as the Green Goblin and head of H.A.M.M.E.R

The old and new Hobgoblins take to battling each other. Peter and Max Modell break the device in shadowland (where Kingpin pays little to no taxes.) that sends Peter's spider sense into a frenzy. Peter and Max run away but the two Hobgoblins decided to team up to kill Peter then they'll kill each other over the goblin key.

It's got action, tons of wit and Kingpin wearing just a vest. Truly Stan Lee and Steve Ditko ain't got nothing on this. OK they did it better and for a better price point but for this week Amazing Spider-Man #696 was the best damn thing i read this week.

-Tash Moore

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