Oh, one-shots, how I love you so. Happily, that's exactly what Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos serve up in this issue of Amazing Spider-Man. And to make things even more exciting for everyone involved, they decided to leave Spider-Man out of the issue entirely! Instead, we get a wonderfully little issue that succinctly catches us up with what the Sinister Six has been up to these past few months. And it makes for a rather good read.
Dan Slott does what he's been doing week in and week out since coming back to ASM, which is to say he spins a yarn that is true to the characters involved and the existing continuity that also happens to be a ton of fun. This is a great comic because it tells the reader everything they could need to know before getting the ball rolling and then once things get going they don't stop. There's some big, exciting set pieces involved here, including the Zero Cannon, which can instantly transport anything - or anyone - into deep space, and Slott puts all his pieces to good use. Of course, all this would fall flat if it wasn't for Humberto Ramos' absolutely wonderful work on pencils. As always, Ramos does a great job putting everything on the page. His action scene sing and even the more exposition-heavy moments are a pleasure to look upon.
If you've been wanting to jump onto Amazing Spider-Man, this issue is for you. It might not feature its titular webhead, but it is right in line with the usual fun tone of the book and just so happens to set up what looks to be one of the major storylines of 2012.
Verdict - Check It.