- Series: Amazing Spider-Man (Book 1)
- Paperback: 152 pages
- Publisher: Marvel Comics; 2nd Printing edition (December 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785108068
- ISBN-13: 978-0785108061
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1: Coming Home Paperback – December 1, 2001
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Straczynski seems to be trying to shake up the status quo a bit here, with questions about the nature of Spider-Man's powers. Unfortunately a lot of the supposedly dramatic revelations feel like things that we've seen before in superhero comics. It's all solidly crafted, but it's not revolutionary, so the plot doesn't have a lot of edge-of-your-seat suspense. (The epilogue, on the other hand, is a bit of a cliffhanger separate from this book's plot.)
The book is a worthwhile read nonetheless, because Straczynski does a solid job with the characterization and, for the most part, the dialogue. Peter's inner monologue and interactions with villains, allies and bystanders are all entertaining. There's a good balance between light moments and action-adventure. Straczynski seems to be enjoying himself here, and that carries through to the reader.
The art by John Romita, Jr. and Scott Hanna with colors by Dan Kemp and Avalon Studios is solid on both the character moments and the action sequences. Romita is a fine storyteller whose pencils have a distinct style well-suited for an urban hero and his exploits, and the rest of the team complements him perfectly.
"Coming Home" suggests that there is great significance to the fact that Spider-Man has been fighting villains like Doctor Octopus, the Vulture, the Lizard, the Scorpion, the Rhino, ad infinitum, all these years. Peter Parker meets Ezekiel, one of those mysterious stranger types who brings havoc to a superheroes life, who suggest that Spider-Man's powers might not be quite as unique as he thought. In other words, the idea that a bite from a radioactive spider would give someone the powers of a spider is a bit far fetched and there is another explanation. To drive the point home Spider-Man has to tackle Morlun, a being who feeds on the power of humans with totemistic powers and apparently the only way to survive the encounter is to hide his powers from his new opponent.
Unlike what Alan Moore did with Swamp Thing, the twist on Spider-Man's origin that Straczynski has come up with does not threaten to unravel the entire Spider-Man mythos.Read more ›
J. Michael Straczynski, the mastermind behind Babylon 5 and Rising Stars, has penned a brilliant story of Peter Parker, aka Spider-man. This trade paperback is a self-contained book that covers Peter's battle with a creature that wants to steal his life essence!
Peter first meets Ezekiel, an old man with powers much like his own. Ezekiel warns him of a creature that has been hunting super beings for hundred of years, and it has come to New York to hunt and feed on Peter. Ezekiel gives Peter a question which may forever change his conception of his powers: "Was it the radiated spider that gave you those powers, or was the spider trying to give you those powers before the radiation killed it?"
The question is almost as perplexing as the answer may be. However, there is not time to delve into it, as the villain has decided to destroy parts of the city to lure out Spider-man. The first battle does not last long, as Peter realizes that his opponent is near invulnerable. He runs away, only to find that his enemy can find him anywhere he goes. Peter's body is utterly broken, and he decides on a last ditch scheme that will allow him to defeat his opponent, but will probably kill him in the process!
This is a fantastic book for any fan of comic book. Straczynski is clearly a masterful storyteller, keeping the reader glued on every page. You can hear every thought Peter has as he tries to understand his life. You can feel every pain Peter has as his immortal opponent beats him to a pulp. Straczynski is doing what he does best - tell a story.
The artwork is also strangely very good.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the artwork was really well done by J. Michael Straczynski in this comic and introduced the spider side and the nature of his powers of spider-man and the mysterious morlun who... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this volume from the beginning to the end. Sometimes when I read comic volumes I can get a little bored of the story towards the end but that didn't happen with... Read morePublished 2 months ago by jadedragon
Wow! I was actually suprised of how much I did like this book, and this is only one of the few spiderman books I read, its got a menacing villain and a unique side character, allot... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Matt
One of my favorite plot formulas in fiction, especially in superhero comics, is the hunter/prey story. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dr. Rorschach Hound
This is my first Spider man comic and it was a good first experience and good first spider man read I would recommendPublished on May 6, 2014 by Peter Alcaraz
its not cool bad condition and i threw it out once i got it tip not to get it badPublished on February 19, 2014 by Joseph
I am pretty new to the world of graphic novels and comic books. My favorite super hero has always been Spider-man but just recently I started actually reading the comics. Read morePublished on November 13, 2011 by topherwriter
Through the long-running and storied history of the Marvel Universe, the highly recognized and sometimes misunderstood mythos of our friendly neighborhood superhero, Spider-man,... Read morePublished on January 5, 2011 by Cai Yixin Jeremy