- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Marvel Comics (November 16, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078511842X
- ISBN-13: 978-0785118428
- Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,945,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marvel Knights Spider-Man (v. 1) Hardcover – November 16, 2005
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Spider-Man is the ultimate hard-luck hero: he's been getting his butt kicked since Amazing Spider-man #4, Doc Ock's first appearance - and he usually wins with a heroic combination of brains, braun, and sheer tenacity. Millar understands this, and reacts accordingly: the story opens with Spider-man beaten and nearly dead, the Green Goblin barreling down on him. After narrowly pulling out a victory and saving another ungrateful group of spectators, Spidey finds his Uncle's grave desecrated and his beloved aunt kidnapped by someone who knows his secret identity.
The book then goes on a wild trip throughout the Marvel Universe and the classic Spidey rouges gallery, as Peter tries to solve the mystery: who now knows his greatest secret?
Millar's writing is top notch - fun, witty, suspenseful, and staggeringly violent when neccesary (re: Venom's appearance). Though the artist changes more than once on the twelve issues collected, the style remains intact, and the story doesnt feel puzzle-peiced together, which is a good thing.
If I have a complaint about the book, its that it wouldnt feel nearly as satisfying if I'd been reading it issue by issue: the story is definitely paced to be digested in one extended sitting. But even then, its worth the read.
This book offers a BRILLIANTLY written and better than average drawn story which is so entertaining and most of all, complete!
It doesn't start at the beginning, but rather, the middle of Spider-Man's career. There's no wasting time on the origin here. It's all action and characterisation in a great balance.
I was also grateful the themes in this book are a little more adult than the regular comics. Like Mark Millar's exploration into domestic violence in THE ULTIMATES, he looks at the uncertainty within a less than normal marriage while under extreme stress with great success. I feel like I've grown up (now I'm in my mid 20s) and this is where Spider-Man is now in his world too 15 years later.
This book is right on par with Mark Millar's work on Ultimate X-Men and Wolverine too. And the gorgeous oversize hardcover is a nice addition to anyone's bookcase.
What follows, originally told in 3 arcs over 12 issues in Marvel Knights Spider-Man, is part mystery, part re-examination of what it means to Peter Parker to be Spider-Man. Guest-stars include the Avengers (pre-Disassemblage) and X-Men, as well as the required full ensemble (sinister twelve, if you would) of Spider-Villains, including Venom, Scorpion, Electro, Vulture, Hydro-Man, and others. Indeed, although not fully integrated into the story, Millar makes use of the opportunity to play around with the concept of super-villains as a counter-balance to super-heroes, manufactured by the military industrial complex--something to wink and nudge at the repetitiveness and seeming obsession of the comic-staple "rogues gallery".
Indeed, if there is one drawback to what is, in my opinion, one of Millar's best realized and most compelling runs to date, it's his need to somehow rationalize or poke fun at the conventions of the genre--the masks, the capes, the secret identities--and treat them as somewhat juvenile. And it pulls the reader out of the story.Read more ›
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I really like it. One of the better spiderman stories. I really like the darker more grown up feel of the marvel knights stories.Published 6 months ago by Dylan & Kim Underwood
Two men walk into the alleyway and find Spider-Man barely conscious. The Wall-Crawler barely recovers in time to save the men from a pumpkin bomb blast. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Luquillo
It was absolutely amazing and definitely one of the best Spider-Man stories I've read so far.Published 19 months ago by Marly
This is probably one of my favorite Spider-man reads. Millar's writing and Dodson's art make for a very well-paced and action-filled story. Read morePublished 21 months ago by lady_battousai
I've never really been into to comics, but this was pretty good. If you like the feel of the Spider-Man movies then you'll probably like this book.Published 22 months ago by Brandon
Spider-man is one of the most popular superheroes, and like many has a ridiculous number of comics about him. Many are good, many are terrible. Read morePublished on October 18, 2012 by Reid Sherman
To keep it short and sweet: I have absolutely no idea why Millar's Spider-Man run is so revered. I am open to the possibility that the fact I read it 7 years after its original... Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by BK
This is everything I hate about bad comics - unintelligent, forced, unbelievable, and boring. I'm a huge fan of Millar's Ultimates, which I highly recommend, but this is not even... Read morePublished on June 30, 2012 by Culturefan