Amazing Spider-Man #700 is quickly approaching, and it promises to be an ending of sorts for the Spidey we know and love. The main writer of Amazing Spider-Man, Dan Slott, is getting a lot of hatred over what happened in issue #698 and what that means for #700. But Slott has been writing Spidey for a long time now, and readers of the book should know that they should trust him to make it awesome. Here are five reasons why Dan Slott should write Spider-Man forever:
He Understands the Character
When I get a new issue of Amazing Spidey that Dan Slott wrote, I look forward to digging into what will be another great issue of Spider-Man. Even on his slower issues, Slott gets Peter and Spidey so well that those who are familiar with the character will feel right at home. Spider-Man really hasn’t been written this well in a long time.
If you haven’t followed Spider-Man for a while, Peter Parker is no longer a freelance photographer for the Daily Bugle. The newspaper is still a big presence in the books, but Peter now works for Horizon Labs and uses that as his cover as the guy who makes Spider-Man’s gadgets. It’s a big bit of growth for Peter Parker, and it really fits the character well. The supporting cast of Horizon Labs gives him a family of sorts, and that’s something Parker has needed.
Brand New Day
Dan Slott came onto the book with probably the hardest task you could ask any Spider-Man fan to do. He had to take the whole “deal with the devil to wipe out the marriage” crap from the end of Civil War and make Spider-Man fans want to read the book again. He definitely succeeded. He gave Peter a new girlfriend, which didn’t really work out, the began introducing things like Horizon Labs. Despite the most recent events in the book, Amazing Spider-Man is the best it’s been in a very long time right now.
Spider-Island was an event that could’ve been pulled right out of the 90s, but Slott made it one of the more memorable story lines for Spidey. The basis for the event was that bedbugs were infused with the same stuff that gave Spidey his powers, so everyone in Manhattan was developing Spider-Man powers. The resolution for the problem tied into the return of the Lizard a few issues later…
Ends of the Earth
If you want to read Amazing Spider-Man #700; you have to begin at Ends of the Earth. This was the last major event for Spider-Man earlier this year dealing with the last threat of Doctor Ock. The stuff happening in the book with Ock and Parker right now ties directly back to this big event that saw the death of Silver Sable and Spider-Man punching out Al Gore.
All of the books in Slott’s run are available digitally, and are highly recommended.