Well might as well keep the Spidey fun going! The Amazing Spider-Man #1 is a anthology of sorts. The book starts off very strong but loses its steam towards the end until finally I completely lost interest by the last story. The book begins with the main story which is Peter making his long awaited return. The fun Spidey magic is definitely back in this story. Peter has to figure out what Ock has done with his life and what messes he has to clean. The book is witty and fun. I really enjoyed the first day back on the job being a naked one. We have all had that dream of going back to school or to a new job and suddenly realizes we forgot to wear clothes. In this first story Peter finally gets his triumphant return to the sky and he finds himself in a real life situation of having to do it without pants. I really enjoyed the first story and I am definitely looking forward to continuing with Peter and the Amazing Spider-Man.
Personally I dropped off of Superior Spider-Man around issue #12. I did not drop off because the comic was not good. I just dropped off because I did not want to read Spidey-Ock anymore. I have been advised that I need to go back and read the rest of the run as it is quite strong. I am very happy that Peter is back, and I do think the break was nice. Now we all appreciate his jokes and his fun loving attitude even more. Spider-Man seems fresh and new.
The construction of this book is definitely aimed at new readers. There is a lot of extra material in it for the new reader who picks it up after watching the movie. This leads to some unnecessary stories in the back that lost me by the time I got to them. The first three stories were very strong but the remaining ones are all fairly weak.
The reason that the second and third story were so strong is because they were directly connected to the first story. There was a short story of Electro and a short story of Black Cat both stories connecting to each other and to the main spidey story. If they did something like this for all the stories in the anthology it would have been much stronger. However after the first three connecting stories there are a bunch of disjointed stories in place to set up other characters in other books. The book lost me at that point.
Overall I was very pleased with this issue and I am happy to be reading Peter once again.