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Goblins Revenge (Spider-Man, No. 2) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157297172X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572971721
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MTJones on July 15, 2001
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Having been a Marvel comics fan for over a decade, and a Spider-Man fan for a bit longer, this character has been a regular presence in my life from childhood to present. His classic origin, major villains, and everyday struggles make him the flagship Marvel character, and it's hard to get bored of him.
But when I read the prequel to Goblin's Revenge, Carnage in New York (by David Michelinie and Dead Wesley Smith), I was disappointed. I thought it was lackluster in relation to Michelinie's own work on Amazing Spider-Man, and compared to Smith's solo novel, Venom's Wrath. So, seeing Smith cruising solo on this one again, I was anxious to see if he'd be able to hold my interest and perhaps even surpass the quality of Venom's Wrath.
I needn't have worried. Smith recovers from the pacing problems of Carnage in New York and does an excellent job of gradually introducing characters, elements, and antagonists for Spider-Man throughout Goblin's Revenge. The story picks up immediately where Carnage in New York left off - immediately after Spider-Man gave the vial of insanity-inducing serum to Reed Richards, someone stole it from him. And Spider-Man has to find out who (the Fantastic Four happen to be out-of-town during the adventure).
Meanwhile, Spider-Man has to deal with several enemies. For one, his fatigue: he can't sleep because he is plagued by horrible nightmares of New York City drowning in blood. Then, he begins to see the deceased Norman Osborn around town, and even spots the Green Goblin flying around. Naturally, this plays havoc with his mind, and he begins to torture himself with images of Gwen Stacy's death (in a very convincing psychological conflict, I might add).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 18, 2001
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This book is a pretty good read. First off, it starts as a mysterious foe watches Spidey's battle with Carnage from Carnage in New York (If you haven't read that book yet, read my review, it's pretty good....the book I mean, hehe). Then it ties in directly to the last pages of that book and into this one. I won't spoil it too much for you, but Spidey gets haunted when Doc Cattrall's serum - the very serum that could destroy entire countries - gets stolen! Yes, again! This kicks him almost over the edge! Plus, since Peter's obviously bored and lacking a challenge (and who wouldn't be, with being obsessed searching for a killer serum and all), we see the return of Norman Osborn!! He's dead! Or is he? To make matters worse (as if the return of one of your most powerful enemies on TOP of looking for a killer serum wasn't enough), Carnage has escaped! And he's coming to New York to rip Spidey into little bits! How'd he get free? Is there some connection? Should Peter have just stayed in bed? Plus Spidey tangles with even MORE folx, as you'll find out. Whoever thought sleeping near subway tracks could be so much fun? This book is well-written, and it'll keep you guessing as to what's going on, who's behind what, and how it ties together until the end. Best Spidey book I've read, by far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1998
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Before you read this, read Spider-man: Carnage in New York. In this story, Spidey learns that the deadly serum made by Dr. Catrall has been stolen from the Fantasic Four. This serum has the ability to make a man go insane with onbly one drop! Then we find that Carnage has escaped and is coming to New York to kill Spider-Man! And to make matters worse, Spidey sees the Green Goblin is back! Norman and Harry Osborn both died though, or did they??? And can Spidey take on both Carnage and the Green Goblin? Read this great novel to find out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By willquinnett@techheadnet.com on December 13, 1997
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This book is great. It starts out whith an introduction witch is basicaly the end of Carnage in New York (also a great Book)and then Spider-Man starts to see Norman Osborn and has unbelievable nightmares about Carnages recent murder spree. When he hears that a deadly serum that can make any normal person turn into a sicotic killer has been stolen by the Green Goblin, and Carnage has broken loose and teamed up with the Green Goblin to finish the web slinger once and for all.
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A while back I really enjoyed a book called CARNAGE IN NEW YORK by David Michelinie and Dean Wesley Smith. Now I have just completed the sequel called THE GOBLIN'S REVENGE by Dean Wesley Smith.
This book takes up just after the conclusion of the first book. Spider-Man has just turned over a deadly serum to Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four. Reed is attacked by a pumpkin-bomb wielding figure who takes the serum. Then someone helps Carnage break out of prison and there are sightings of The Green Goblin (who has been dead for years). The Green Goblin, Carnage and a team from the company that created the serum are now all after Spider-Man. To make matters worse, Spidey is not in top form as nightmares have kept him from sleeping. Now he must figure out the riddle of the Green Goblin's return, recapture Carnage and avoid the team with the fancy ray guns.
I really enjoyed the first book as it really felt like it was directly from the pages of the comic book, but this one just did not flow as well. It might be that Dean Wesly Smith was only a co-author of the first one while he is the only author of this one. So, while I recommended the first to people on the basis that it read just like a single issue of the comic, I do not really recommend this one. If you want to read it anyway go right ahead, it is kind of fun in its way.
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