Review: Amazing Spider-Man #555

Amazing Spider-Man #555 coverAmazing Spider-Man #555
“Sometimes It Snows in April”
Writer: Zeb Wells
Pencils: Chris Bachalo; Inks: Tim Townsend

I’ve been reading comics for a long time.

So when Joe Quesada and company unveiled their little ‘One More Day’ magical retcon a few months back, I was more than a little pissed off. But this being a Wolverine blog, I decided to pass on the rant I felt bubbling within (shocking, I know).

And while I do feel ripped off that 20 years of continuity have been altered to keep yet another entertainment property ageless, even I must admit that this is a pretty good issue (though why this story couldn’t have been told just as ably with a married Spider-Man is beyond me).

Spider-Man’s discussion with Wolverine about breakfast (Fruit Loot vs. beer), weather forecasts by Dr. Strange and the obligatory battle sequence are just some of the highlights.

But the Mighty Marvel Magical Retcon still poses a few questions that have yet to be addressed. How can the New Avengers include someone during these troubled times without knowing their secret identity? Does Wolverine still know that Spider-Man is Peter Parker (from the epic ‘Spider-Man vs. Wolverine’)?

Since I have ignored ‘Brand New Day’ for a variety of reasons, can anyone shed some light on my queries?

From Marvel (preview): “Month Four of ‘Brand New Day’ is upon us and so is the worst blizzard in the history of New York City! It’s colder than an outdoor hockey game in January out there and your favorite Wall-Crawler (aided by his Avengers buddy, Wolverine) must find his way through the cold to rescue a doctor who may know the real secret behind the deadly storm.” On sale April 2, 2008.

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  1. Since I have ignored ‘Brand New Day’ for a variety of reasons, can anyone shed some light on my queries?

    Sure.

    Does Wolverine still know that Spider-Man is Peter Parker (from the epic ‘Spider-Man vs. Wolverine’)?

    Nope. No one knows that Pete is Spider-Man. There was nice Romita Jr. two page spread in the first BND issue that states this and other tidbits about the new status quo.

    How can the New Avengers include someone during these troubled times without knowing their secret identity?

    Nobody’s dealt with this one as far as I know. However, I don’t think the Avengers would necessarily have to know Spidey’s real ID to verify that he was the same guy.

  2. So did the events of ‘Spider-Man vs. Wolverine’ and ‘Web of Spider-Man’ #29 not take place? Or they did and Wolverine simply doesn’t remember that Spider-Man is Peter Parker?

    This is why these retcons drive me nuts!

  3. Retcons do indeed suck.

    The New Avengers story line is totally screwed over because of the events in One More Day. All of the Skrull paranoia is one example. But the main reason he joined the New Avengers was because of his hate for Iron Man. Without that reason , why is he with the New Avengers ?

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