Review – The Amazing Spider-Man #684 – End of the Earth

Writer: Dan Slott
Art: Humberto Ramos
Inks: Victor Olazaba
Colors: Edgar Delgado
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: Stefano Caselli
Variant Cover: Gabrielle Dell’otto
Published by: Marvel Comics

Otto Octavius is on his deathbed, instead of sitting in silence waiting for his time to come he’s gone the other way… fighting it and everyone in his path one last time. With a plan to repair the ozone and save everyone he has the attention of the world on him, will humanity put aside his crimes of the past and aid him in this pursuit to shield the planet from any further destruction? We know the Avenger’s haven’t, they’re out to put the group down and get to the heart of the whole situation, unfortunately Octavius was packing for that as well.

With the 6 man team of Avengers knocked out of commission by the Doc’s group the future of this entire plan looks bleak, fortunately there are always watchers in the shadows or in this case, in thin air. Silver Sable is able to provide some much-needed aid to this story as they take off into the next challenge ahead. Her technology is advanced enough that she can slip by and lend a hand to Spidey, not only is he qualified by being the lead character, he’s also facing his own end as she reaches him. The clock is against them and now they have to combine technology and brain power to find a way to strike back to alert the world and save the captured members of the team. Next stop, the Sahara and a unique villain to harness its potential to the fullest, this trio has their work truly cut out for them.

End of the Earth is a rough ride, with so much at stake the objective nature of these world leaders is compromised given the possibility of a renewed future on the planet. The Avengers striking at Doc makes matters worse, even if he’s a villain he still has something on the table that can unify a planet to cause and now they’re going against it. Spider-Man, Silver Sable and Black Widow are left to take on the only role left for them and face Octavius and the remaining villains. With bunkers all over the world, 4 remaining villains and the worlds biggest hit marker on his name it’ll be a really rough ride for Spidey to survive this time and the clock will be running against him as deadlines start falling on the world.

Amazing Spider-Man packs some great panels to go along with this story, trying to use the space to illustrate movement as best they can and showcase central items like the Spider Armor in the process. The vivid colors and detailed heroes are true eye candy to have. Unfortunately things tend to slip when introducing Horizon again but even that is only a short lapse that gets forgotten with the details on Octavius in his lair, a man at his end in so many ways looking so unbelievably disturbing in his shell. Overall it’s a solid read and enjoyable experience, seeing so much attention across the board makes for a deep read that I’ve managed to go over multiple times now.

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆