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Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 8: Sins Past Paperback – February 9, 2005

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Product Details

  • Series: Amazing Spider-Man (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (February 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785115099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785115090
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,318,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J. Michael Staczynski was born in Paterson, NJ in 1954, from a lower-middle-class blue-collar family that moved 21 times in his first 18 years. He began writing in earnest and selling at the age of 17 and hasn't stopped since. He graduated San Diego State University with degrees in Psychology and Sociology.

As a journalist, he has written over 500 published articles for such periodicals as The Los Anglees Times, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Penthouse, Writer's Digest, San Diego Magazine, the San Diego and Los Angeles Reader and TIME, Inc. He has also published numerous short stories in Amazing Science Fiction Magazine, Pulphouse, and various anthologies.

As a television writer and producer, he has written over 200 produced episodes, including workj on The New Twilight Zone, Nightmare Classics and Murder She Wrote. He also wrote, created and produced the series Babylon 5, Crusade and Jeremiah.

Moving from TV to film, he wrote Changeling (directed by Clint Eastwood), Ninja Assassin (produced by the Wachowskis), provided the story for Thor (directed by Kenneth Branagh), wrote Underworld 4 (starring Kate Beckinsale), and has written numerous other films that are currently slated for production.

He has won the Hugo Award (twice), the Saturn Award, the Eisner Award, the Inkpot Lifetime Achievement Award, the E Pluribus Unum Award from the American Cinema Foundation, the Space Frontier Foundation award, the Ray Bradbury Award, the Christopher Award, and over a dozen others.

He was also nominated for a British Academy Award (BAFTA) for his screenplay for Changeling.

He writes ten hours a day, every day, except for his birthday, New Year's Day and Christmas Day.

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2.6 out of 5 stars

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
Until the Sins Past storyline hit, Babylon 5 creator and Supreme Power scribe J. Michael Straczynski's run on Amazing Spider-Man has been nothing short of, well...amazing. However, Sins Past finds him trying to unravel a part of the super hero's past, a very prolific and impacting part, that spells doom for the rest of the read. One of the most powerful and heartbreaking moments in the history of Spider-Man was the tragic death of Gwen Stacy at the hands of the Green Goblin, and here Straczynski attempts to play off the classic, and never before treaded upon, storyline by placing the idea that Gwen and Norman Osborn had a secret affair in which Gwen secretly gave birth to twins. Twins who aged at an accelerated rate. Twins who are also trained ninjas. Twins who are trying to kill Spidey, who they know is Peter Parker. C'mon Straczynski, what were you thinking? To say that this idea sounds contrived is saying it lightly. Now don't get me wrong, up until this point Straczynski's run on AMS has been superb, and his efforts on the MAX series Supreme Power and Rising Stars are even better, but this is by far the worst and most ridiculous he has done. On the plus side, the art by Hulk artist Mike Deodato is excellent, but it's too bad you'll be distracted by how ridiculous the story is. Hopefully JMS will realize the error in his ways, and this storyline will be written out of the Spidey mythos in the near future. Hopefully.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Buckland on August 19, 2005
Format: Paperback

Oh deary me.

Working out a way to get Osbourne vs Parker back onto the agenda?

Good idea.

Doing it by fundamentally altering Spider-Man history and through a completly unbelievable revelation concerning an iconic character??

Bad idea. Very, very bad idea.

Introduction a new goblin villain?

Good idea.

Using them for only a handful of panels and having them defeated in such a lame way?

Bad idea.

Still I had to give it two stars cos it remains a fairly thrilling read. I miss the fun art of J.R. jr - the new realistic style does nothing for me.

And while I admire the balls of JMS for throwing us such a curveball i have to say this - if you're going to fundamentally alter Spidey's history with a major revelation, you'd better make sure that reveleation fits. And it just doesn't.

This could have worked if handled with more care and more time. I'm thinking maybe the original thought was to have had Gwen assaulted by Norman and keeping her dark secret through shame and through fear of Peter's reactions. That would have worked for me (just about) but I bet it must be hard to convince Marvel bosses to include rape in their biggest title. Not that it stopped DC.

With just one small character inconsistancy JMS ruined the whole story. The way it was introduced... the flipant "there was something so powerful about him" explanation. Come on folks, this is Gwen we're talking about here!

JMS even destroyed any chances of reversing this decision by having Mary Jane confirm it all. And while I buy her "I keep secrets" excuse for not revealing it before, it really sullies everything for me now.

Folks, I'm picking up "I'm with Stupid" by Dan Slott and forgetting any of this ever happened!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
Definately one of the worst Marvel storylines ever, Sins Past has the stupid plot of mutant babies trying to kill Peter. Guess who the parents are? Yup, GWEN AND NORMAN. This is like kicking the great Turning Point storyline in the balls and breaking its shins.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Knight Rodrigo on May 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Absolute worst Spidey story ever to be written. Mr. Straczynski has royally destroyed the wonderful story of the Amazing Spider-Man by trashing the memory of dear Gwen Stacy. The story has incredible loopholes and problems with continuity, I honestly wish I could unread this story. I am a huge Spidey fan, and I recommend to all new readers and old fans alike to steer clear of this terrible trash. I can't honestly say anything good about it, other than the art. Read everything else but this horrible piece of work. Nuff said.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Ywain on September 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
This arc on the whole, is essentially a extremely unbelievable and forced (according to Wiki, he JMS didn't intend for Gwen to bang Norman's brain's out SANS PROTECTION!) retcon of a well established and much loved character(s), that frankly makes little, to no sense.
Let me defend JMS for a sec though: the idea of his arch enemy shagging his first, and strongest love (which results in twins), has potential for alot of angst and development of the rivalry between the two. However having Gwen do the dirty willingly cause she's attracted to his manliness and wrinkly neck(?!), come on! Frankly if it had to be done, I would prefer it that he raped her (yes I know, but it would make more sense).

Look all I'm saying is being a good writer involves more then just pissing on everything (because thats what JMS does in this arc, anyway you look at it) that has come before for short-term shock and entertainment value, mmm-kay? You can add to it, you can adapt it, you can do a great number of things with Ret-cons, but YOU SHOULD NOT PISS ON IT's HEAD just for shock value! Sorry.

-Lotsa fighting, drawn well by Mike Deodato.
-Even ignoring the controversial changes, the arc itself is packed way too much with day time soapy dialogue, overly melodramatic scenes and way too much forced drama and "shocking" revelations.

Please buy something, anything, else that involves Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker (Spider-man: Blue or the The Death of Gwen Stacy or Marvels or any of the old issues) first and try and rate this 5 stars.
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