The Amazing Spider-Man #700.5 Review

by @Tom_Kray on Dec 25, 2013

Fantastic Four’s Ben travels from the future to warn that a device that could destroy the universe will be activated that day by FF's very own Reed Richards. Johnny Storm goes to the one person he can trust to keep the device from Reed. Spider-Man.

The Good

ASM 700.5 is a crossover issue with the Fantastic Four in which a future version of Ben comes back and warns Johnny that on that day Reed is going to use a device called the Calvin Machine and destroy the universe. Understandably distraught by this, Johnny enlists the help of Spider-Man to keep the device away from Reed.

There’s plenty of well-played humor in the issue. Before Spider-Man can calm Johnny the rest of the Fantastic Four show up at his apartment and Johnny flies off. Spider-Man complains that the Fantastic Four hanging out in a hovercraft outside his bedroom window would garner a lot of difficult questions. Ben, of course, points out that his (Spider-Man’s) presence wasn’t going to make things easier to explain.

Keeping the story in Spider-Man’s world, Johnny decides M.J.’s apartment would be a good place to lie low. She senses something is amiss but before Johnny can explain Spidey and the others are outside her window and Reed uses a device that creates a whole in her exterior wall, large enough for their hovercraft, which he neglects to close to the dismay of both M.J. and Peter.

The Not So Good

ASM 700.5 feels more like a Fantastic Four book, with Spider-Man serving as a plot device (he gives Johnny someone to explain the situation to). Spider-Man has very little agency in the book and for the most part just tags along with the rest of the FF while the situation resolves itself. Spoilers…. The whole thing was a prank set up by future Ben to play on Johnny.

The Bottom Line

For a one-shot, it’s not terrible; humorous although Spider-Man does give up the main stage to the FF. Five issues into the 700 “point” stories of ASM and I’m just feeling under whelmed. I love Spider-Man but I’m not feeling like I’m getting my money’s worth with these books. I hate to drop this series, especially after waiting so long for Peter Parker to come back but I just don’t feel like the series is delivering. As much as it pains me to say it, Amazing Spider-Man is on the chopping block. If the next issue doesn’t step up from what we’ve been seeing I may just have to walk away from this one.

2.5 / 5
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The Amazing Spider-Man #700.5
Released December 18, 2013
Writer Brian Reed
Artist Sean Chen
Cover Artist Pasqual Ferry

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