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The Amazing Spider-Man Comics often celebrate milestones the way sitcoms do: with cheap, uninspired strolls down memory lane. ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' No. 500 is a cut...The Amazing Spider-ManFiction Comics often celebrate milestones the way sitcoms do: with cheap, uninspired strolls down memory lane. ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' No. 500 is a cut...2003-11-21
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The Amazing Spider-Man

Genre: Fiction; Status: In Season

Comics often celebrate milestones the way sitcoms do: with cheap, uninspired strolls down memory lane. ”The Amazing Spider-Man” No. 500 is a cut above the usual self-congratulation, thanks to a compelling must-revisit-the-past-to-save-the-present plot by scribe J. Michael Straczynski (”Supreme Power”). Peter Parker’s transforming encounter with a radioactive arachnid and Gwen Stacy’s tragic plummet are grippingly evoked – though the fleeting return of Uncle Ben is forced and maudlin – while classic Spidey artists John Romita Sr. and Jr. pump up the nostalgia. The peek into the character’s future may be ominous, but Spider-Man’s standing as pop culture’s most spectacular Everyman is warmly affirmed.

Originally posted November 21 2003 — 12:00 AM EST

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