The upcoming story arc from Spider-Man scribe Dan Slott looks to be epic. It involves a dying Doc Ock, the Sinister Six and what looks like events unfolding in space. With so much under his belt, I suppose we can forgive Dan Slott a misstep or two. Take Amazing Spider-Man #679, the final chapter of the “I Killed Tomorrow" story arc. To be honest, I wasn’t super jazzed on this whole idea so my lackluster response to its conclusion isn’t surprising. Issue 678 and 679 feels like they’re filler issues, something I haven’t really seen out of Slott.
From the start, "I Killed Tomorrow" was a little goofy. Peter Parker’s lab buddy Grady invented a gizmo that allows you to walk 24 hours into the future. When Peter heads into the future the city is destroyed, wiped out, obliterated. Through a series of circumstances Spidey teams up with Grady to try and avoid this destruction. Spidey and Grady figure if Spider-Man doesn’t fail at all today, he’ll stop the destruction of tomorrow. As the mystery unravels, we also get more “spooky” appearances from the new Madame Web.
What makes "I Killed Tomorrow" miss the mark is how rushed it feels and how bland the story is. Spider-Man races around trying to do everything right while he gets cryptic messages from Madame Web about the impending doom. Just once I’d like for a powerful psychic entity with news about how to avoid a disaster tell it straight instead of doing the pee pee dance around what he or she knows. The back and forth between Spider-Man and Grady is a little too cute and the plot really goes nowhere. The most eye-rolling moment is when Peter Parker has a date with MJ and through he unknown words of wisdom Peter manages to figure the answer out just in the nick of time.
Slott does give us some cool action and a few solid fights. This is still Dan Slott, so nothing happening here is bad, it just isn’t the usual high excellence that we’re accustomed to. As I said, it feels like Marvel wanted to make sure all their ducks were in a row for the big Ends Of The Earth story arc so they wanted a few issues to work as a cushion for Dan Slott. It’s actually a compliment to Slott’s writing that his abilities are so good that any diversion is incredibly obvious.
Humberto Ramos is still in top form here. I know many find Ramos’s art off putting but for me it’s exactly how comics should be, slightly over the top, a little bigger than life and one hundred percent fun. Even with the so-so storyline, Ramos manages to make the issue fun. If anything, Amazing Spider-Man #679 got me excited for the start of Ends Of The Earth storyline and the return of the Dan Slott we all know and love.
CRAVE ONLINE RATING: 6/10 (3 Story, 3 Art)