So this is what we give the people who came for Obama, huh? The story is fine, with Mark Waid turning in a nice character piece showing how Peter's friends view him. Betty Brant loves Pete as a friend, but knows he's always unreliable, running off for this or that event the he forgot. It would be frustrating knowing a guy like Peter, but darn if his charm and kindness wouldn't make it worth it. The Spider-action is pretty slight in this issue, but I dug the witty banter Spidey does get in his cameo-type appearances. Barry Kitson is one of my favorites, and his character-based story here looks good. I believe his strength is in super-heroics, but he handles the drama well. I liked the speed-dating page, it was fun seeing Peter and Betty in that movie-type situation.
The backup. Oh, boy. So The Chameleon is inpersonating Obama, and he can't describe basketball to prove he's the prez. Like, not at all, thinking the players wear helmets as they go onto the basketball diamond. Funny enough, I guess, but kind of stupid too. If a new reader picked this up, I can't imagine there would be a lot to bring them back to the spider-verse. The lead story was kind of slow and the backup was insultingly simple. I dig Todd Nauck's art, but as other bloggers have said, he probably wasn't the best choice for this backup. Everyone looks angular and bug-eye in Nauck's cartoony style, again giving civilians a bad idea about comics. If there is no such thing as bad press, then why am I wincing at the thought of being asked about this issue by co-workers and family? The backup is average only, but I still dug the package overall. I'm not sure outsiders will feel the same.