Comic Review: Familiar foe returns with a thud in Amazing Spider-Man #18

Hey, at least the Alex Ross covers for Marvel's umpteenth new volume in Amazing Spider-Man are still fantastically done. They literally remain the best part about this series, which is one that feels like a reshot of a reshot of a reshot. 

The art on the inside is inconsistent at best, the story structure feels like a copy and paste from issue to issue and the fact that Doctor Octopus is reduced to a molesty robot falls flat. Seriously, no one has been able to portray a consistent version of Anna Marconi since the Superior Spider-Man run ended. The same could be said for Otto. One panel he looks like old-school Doc Ock while others he looks like Kingpin mixed with Jack from Tropic Thunder. 

It's disappointing, and at times, jarringly distracting. 

I want to point out, that Dan Slott has not been given an easy situation to work with here. Marvel has pushed the reset button on ASM more times than a 90s kid who spilled Surge on his Nintendo 64. 

They keep throwing major crossover titles in the middle of arcs, and it's extremely off-putting. 

He does a good job at rebuilding Doc Ock as this lovesick genius stuck inside a robot, but it just comes off as a little too creepy sometimes. Spoiler alert ... 

He basically wants to re-take over Peter Parker's body so he can bone Anna with it. That's not reaching, that's nearly verbatim dialogue.

Rating: 6/10 Dan Slott has not been given an easy situation to work with here. Marvel has pushed the reset button on ASM more times than a 90s kid who spilled Surge on his Nintendo 64.