My mother went to my LCS and picked up the 2 months of comics i've missed while at school. To my surprise she was able to pick out every issue of THE OTHER and put them in order for me (my mom doesn't know a thing about comics). I sat down and read everything that's come out so far and you know what? I enjoyed the hell out of it.
Normally i'm not a fan of Hudlin's writing, and I can't stand Pat Lee's art but even with those gripes I'm still digging this story. When I came into comics about 10 years ago the Spidey line was in the middle of the clone saga. I was raised (comics-wise) on line-wide crossovers and I loved them. Reading THE OTHER reminded me of those crossovers, and how I love the interweaving of one story throughout a few books. Even with the three writers switching off, this story flows pretty seamlessly (for me at least).
The last two parts of the story withreally got me going, and i'm actually excited to see what hatches out of that coccoon on the next cover.Spoiler:
A lot of people don't like this story or they don't like the crossover "event", which I understand, but this story has me enjoying the core Spidey titles much more than I have in years. Kudos to JMS, David and Hudlin for crafting the story.
Oh, and it's fucking great to see Wieringo back on a spidey book. He drew the shit out of Ben Reilly back in the day.