Daily Archives: February 25, 2011

Point One – What’s the Point?

Amazing Spider-Man #654.1
“Flashpoint”
Writer: Dan Slott
Pencils: Humberto Ramos
Inks: Carlos Cuevas
Colors: Edgar Delgado
Letters: Virtual Calligraphy
Cover artist: Paolo Siqueira
Editor: Stephen Wacker
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: $2.99 US

While I think the numbering scheme is unnecessary and possibly irritating to some collectors, Marvel’s new “Point One” initiative is a wise move on the publisher’s part. Offering new comics readers and existing ones an accessible introduction to an ongoing series — especially one with the kind of history that this one has — is a solid marketing move. There’s just one problem: Marvel needs to stick with its own plan. Amazing Spider-Man #654.1 isn’t an introduction to what’s going on in Peter Parker’s world. Instead, this is an introduction to the new, upcoming Venom, featuring longtime Amazing Spidey supporting character Flash Thompson. Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos offer up a fun comic, but Venom‘s not even their book. Editorially, this comic book was quite puzzling, which interfered with my appreciation of the craft that unfolded on its pages.

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