ASM 1.5 wagon

Jose Molina’s latest installment of The Suddenly Atheist Spider-Man was released on May 25, and fans of the wall crawler will be glad to know the he apologized for being “less than respectful” to the Santerians over their religious beliefs. That is, unfortunately, the one bright spot in an issue that is best represented by a car crash scene later in the book.

Here is what you need to know for The Amazing Spider-Man 1.5:

  • Spider-Man is still on the hunt for Julio Manuel Rodriguez, the man who mysteriously came back from the dead and performs miracles.
  • Writer Jose Molina actually thought it was a good idea to feature Spider-Man as a (female?) horse-drawn carriage driver.
  • Don Anselmo is “reborn” as a young man after a ceremony due to his faith. His god tells him Julio is controlled by a “false god.” (Question: Wouldn’t Don Anselmo’s god also be a false god since it isn’t God?)
  • Julio causes a car accident and then performs a miracle to resurrect a dead woman.
  • Spider-Man and the Santerians apologize to one another and then use Iron Man (shoe-horned into two pages) to locate where the spiritual conduit is that Julio’s host draws power from.
  • Iron Man gives the group an an address in Harlem and Spider-Man says “showdown time.”

ASM 1.5

It is very rare to see a Marvel comic that fails on pretty much every level imaginable. The entire creative team appears to given up all hope for salvaging the book.

  • Jose Molina continues to write a sloppy, poorly paced story that reads as if he has the attention span of a squirrel.
  • Artists Simone Bianchi and Andrea Broccardo have slapped together one of the ugliest issues of ASM of all time. Marvel would have gotten a better product if they asked a kid on Deviant Art to do them a favor for $100 bucks. Spider-Man wouldn’t look like a marshmallow, police cars wouldn’t look like they came off a Detroit assembly line in 1973, and Peter Parker wouldn’t look like Ace Ventura.
  • Editor Nick Lowe, who allowed a writer to have Peter Parker blame God for Uncle Ben’s death, is still M.I.A.
  • Question: Is it possible for a letterer to underperform? It seems like even the “AaaaaIIIEEEEEEE!” “KRIIIIII” and “CCRRNNNCHHH” in the crash panel are font failures, if that’s even possible.

In short, Marvel should be ashamed that there is essentially zero quality control for its “point” issues of ASM. There is one remaining issue of “Amazing Grace,” which is fitting because the few readers who are left will be singing the famous hymn after they finish.

Stay far, far away from ASM “point” issues for the foreseeable issue — at least until Mr. Lowe decides to do his job.

ASM 1.5 crash

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

5 comments

  1. You should use the “.Point” series to showcase premier Spider-Man talent (like with Gerry Conway who’s run preceded this and was much better) this has read very much like one of those 2000s era “Unlimited” issues, which were where all these amature talents cut their teeth on the book.

    So this thing isn’t over yet? One more issue to go? Holy crud, that is an embarrassing length for this story. It feels more like a three-parter. Say what some will about short series in the 90s, but at least they knew back then what kind of length a filler storyline should have been.

    1. “You should use the “.Point” series to showcase premier Spider-Man talent (like with Gerry Conway who’s run preceded this and was much better) this has read very much like one of those 2000s era “Unlimited” issues, which were where all these amature talents cut their teeth on the book.”

      Oddly enough, the only reason why I purchased this “point” story is because I heard good things about Conway’s contribution. I figured the quality would be the same. Wrong.

      So this thing isn’t over yet? One more issue to go? Holy crud, that is an embarrassing length for this story. It feels more like a three-parter. Say what some will about short series in the 90s, but at least they knew back then what kind of length a filler storyline should have been.

      The darn thing takes place during Christmas and Marvel is releasing the final part … in June. This is gone on far too long, especially since it’s a horrendous story.

  2. A Spider-Man story involving Brother Voodoo in New Orleans could have been interesting, but instead it sounds like Molina knew almost nothing about Peter Parker and turned it into “Neil Tyson Degrasse fights zombies”

    1. “It sounds like Molina knew almost nothing about Peter Parker and turned it into ‘Neil Tyson Degrasse fights zombies.'”

      Zing! 🙂 That’s one way to put it.

  3. I don’t know if Molina is either a complete idiot who nothing about Spider-Man or he is on purposely just ruining Spider-Man by making him a non-religious protestant to an atheist for the most stupidest reasons. Either way, Molina seems to deserve getting his face punched for being as bad as Slott.

    When I’ve heard that he became an atheist, I felt like I just strucked in the stomach and in the face. Even that I’m still a huge fan of Spider-Man, but making him a protestant to atheist; really?! Just why?! Becoming an atheist because of Uncle Ben is probably one of the most stupidest and weakest reasons made by stupid writers like we have today.

    Al; the commentor in the website “whateveraspidermancan” is himself an atheist, yet he finds it absolutely BS. This is what he said. https://whateveraspidercan.com/2016/02/25/stillanerd-reviews-amazing-spider-man-2015-1-3/ “Scientists must be atheists” is absolutely a fallacy. Of course, it’s like meeting with other aliens, but in the future stories they say that “I have never met them”, and that is canon! USE YOUR $&@€ING MIND!!! But there is also my comment on how I felt. http://whateveraspidercan.com/2016/04/08/stillanerd-reviews-amazing-spider-man-2015-1-4/ of course, there are two separate articles of God in the Marvel Wiki (OAA and Yaweh), but isn’t it like saying that Greek and Roman Gods are not the same?

    If they’re talking about Julio’s God (that he was suppose to be a Christian) claiming it’s a false God, I hope they’re talking about that his version of God is nothing like the Abrahamic God that we believed and worshiped.

    If he was always a skeptic atheist, he would’ve say that “I would never pray on some God that can never be proven” when talking to Strange, a big muscular guy, or while he was still with MJ in Romina Jr’s comics. Screw you, Molina, just screw you…

    I really wish that they’ll make Spider-Man changes his mind about God again, become a Christian again (not really religious), and ask God for forgiveness for all what he said about him. Since they just already released “Amazing Grace Part 6”, I couldn’t tell if he became a Christian again, or not. Either way, they didn’t seemed to change Spider-Man like something new is going on with him in the Marvel Wiki. If the sixth part says that Spider-Man still hasn’t changed his mind, I’ll be sad and pissed once again. Again, Amazing Grace has already becoming a POS mini-series anyways, like me and other still Spidey-Fans, (like myself as well) despised it. Him being an atheist is pretty much as bad when Spider-Man was killed off for Doc Ock as Spider-Man, Hulk being dead now, Wolverine being dead. and when Captain America has come out as being a Hydra agent. We need like a another better reboot like DC Rebirth, and maybe seeing Spider-Man with MJ as still his wife and have a daughter (from Renew Your Vows), and hopefully that he still is a protestant while he still loves Science and Mathematics.

    Hope you understand what I’m saying.

    Plus, since the sixth part has gotten released, I haven’t seen a review, or much more pics that if he does soon changes his mind about God or what.

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