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Amazing Spider-Man #32 Review

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Amazing Spider-Man #32 Review

Norman Osborn’s back doing Green Goblin things. Is it good?

Forget Stella getting her groove back–Norman Osborn’s ready to try anything to get his goblin back on!

First Read Observations

  • When things aren’t going his way, Norman’s first instinct is almost always to inject himself with something.
  • Okay, I can’t be the only person who thought the acupuncture scene was actually a massage parlor moment that was about to go in a very…uh, adult direction.
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  • Sure hope Norman doesn’t trip over Christian Bale on his way up that mountain.
  • Okay, someone please tell me these (supposedly) mystically/spiritually attuned monks aren’t so obtuse that they would train a man as evil as NORMAN FREAKING OSBORN to be a sorcerer.
  • Yeah, I think we all saw this coming.
  • Huh. I actually didn’t see that coming.
  • So…we’re right back where we started?

The Verdict

As telegraphed and and predictable as this story was, it could have been a whole lot worse. Thankfully, a neat twist near the end and some wonderful artwork by Greg Smallwood actually made it somewhat enjoyable. Also, I must admit that the issue’s lone action scene was pretty fun.

I won’t spoil the ending, but when you get there, you’ve gotta ask if the “reveal” really tells us something we didn’t already know.

Look, I realize that superhero comics have to do a lot of recycling, but it doesn’t help when a story presents something the reader assumes to be a foregone as a shocking new dynamic. Perhaps Slott still has some tricks up his sleeve for Norman, but as of right now, it feels like we’re going to down the same green-paved and twisted road we always were.

Amazing Spider-Man #32 Review
Is it good?
Great artwork by Greg Smallwood
Despite the telegraphed and predictable narrative, it's still a fairly enjoyable story.
The first twist actually caught me by surprise...
...but the one on the final page doesn't feel like a "twist" at all--just more of the same.
Superhero comics have to do a lot of recycling, but it doesn't help when a story presents something the reader assumes to be a foregone as a shocking new dynamic
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