In Amazing Spider-Man 700, the last issue in long-running series, Peter Parker dies in the body of Doctor Octavius. Doc Oc had switched bodies with Spider-Man, leaving Peter Parker in the doctor’s dying body. As Peter Parker died, Doctor Octopus (in Spider-Man’s body) promised to protect life, and that he will be a better Spider-Man than Peter Parker was, because his genius combined with his new powers will make him superior.
Now this is where the concept gets weird. Now that the Amazing Spider-Man series has ended with issue 700, a new series will begin: The Superior Spider-Man. I’m not kidding. So in the next 50 years, what will that title mean? Superior to what? Okay, so Peter Parker dies, but will anybody realize this in the future? It is a recipe for disaster.
Amazing Spider-Man 700 is extra fat, padded with mini stories that nobody cares about. The artwork in one of these stories is unusual and artistic, although I prefer to describe it with the word “bad”. There is also a gallery of all 700 issues as well. There aren’t many advertisements for some reason. In fact, beside the inside cover and the back cover, I don’t think there are any.
I case you haven’t figured it out by now, this comic is a major landmark in comic book history and makes a neat collectable to own. They really pulled the strings with this issue in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary, and ending, of the series. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Spider-Man.