Dan Slott has done a damn good job over the past year of telling Spider-Man stories that haven't been told before. "End of the Earths" was a tricky one, because it brought Peter out of his natural habitat. And while the story was enjoyable, it didn't feel like a Spider-Man story. Spidey has always been a street level hero, not a "save the entire world" hero. "End of the Earths" ended up feeling like an Avengers story that happened to have Black Widow and Spider-Man in it. "Spider-Island" worked so well because it was rooted in Spidey's past and involved a villain of his. The Sinister Six haven't been exactly exclusive in who they fight recently. Slott writes Spider-Man well, and the death is handled well enough. But the rest doesn't feel like a Spider-Man story. But Slott experimented with the character. A lot of writers don't have the balls to go out there with the way Slott writes Spider-Man. With the Lizard coming back next issue, we will hopefully see more a Spider-Man story.
While some won't like the story, no one can argue that Stefano Caselli's artwork is great. The action scenes look great, and the characters are expressive. Caselli hit home the fact that Otto is now a monster and is nothing like he use to be. The new Spider-Man uniform has displeased some, but I have enjoyed Caselli penciling it. Part of me still wishes that this book would go down to once a month, which would let Slott and Caselli be the permanent team. They work great together and Caselli is a perfect Spider-Man artist.
Amazing Spier-Man #687 gets 3.5/5.