Amazing Spider-man #800
Writer: Dan Slott
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
The Amazing Spider-Man #800
Preparing for Dan Slott’s last hurrah, Marvel pulls out all the stops for this Spidey event. “All The Stops” is exactly what it will take to stop the combined strength of Norman Osborn and the Carnage symbiote. The conclusion to the “Going Down Swinging” arch is full of characters from Spider-Man lore, intense action, a heart-wrenching sacrifice, and a glimpse of what’s next for the Webhead. Let’s dig in…
Injured and sidelined from the last issue, Spidey has recruited his fellow superheroes from across the Spider-spectrum. He disperses his allies across New York to protect his friends and family. As you can imagine, this goes horribly wrong when it appears that the Red Goblin’s true target is Harry Osborn and his own family. The Spider-Friends (ha) are quickly over-powered and are narrowly saved by Agent Anti-Venom /Flash Thompson. Soon Agent Anti-Venom is too at the mercy of the Red Goblin. This forces Spider-Man to suit up and jump back into action.
When Spider-Man arrives at the battlefield he finds that Red Goblin has left his broken and beaten team near death. Spider-Man is healed of his injuries thanks to Agent Anti-Venom’s healing powers. Anti-Venom desperately persuades Spidey to go after Red Goblin. Spider-Man reluctantly agrees, leaving his beaten friends in the care of Agent Anti-Venom.
The Red Goblin succeeded in his plan to kidnap his grandson. He infects him with the goblin/carnage symbiote. Red Goblin plans to return Oscorp (which has been acquired by Alchemax) to its former glory. Osborn also attacks the people closest to Peter while leaving destroying New York in his wake. With the help of J. Jonah Jameson, Venom/Eddie Brock, Doc Ock, and a brief reunion with the Venom symbiote, Spider-Man is able to narrowly defend his loved ones. This leads both the Red Goblin and Spidey to a last, fiery battle in Times Square. A battle our hero wins, but with sacrifices paid.
Wow. This was an amazing conclusion to an arch I thoroughly enjoyed. Dan Slott wrote a truly great Spider-Man story; full of action, a ton of guest appearances, and a moving end to a Spider-Man fan favorite. Issue #800 had a team of artists who came together to provide a 6-party story (plus an after credits stinger) with each part illustrated by different artists. This was a great change-up in my opinion and the issue’s story definitely called for the diversity.