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Marvel Knights Spider-Man (v. 1) Hardcover – November 16, 2005


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Product Details

  • 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 (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Along with Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar has been one of the key writers for Marvel Comics in the 21st century. After proving himself in the '90s as a talent to watch while writing for DC Comics and the UK comic 2000AD, his arrival to Marvel came at a time when Ultimate Spider-Man had just shot up the sales charts. It was in this environment that Millar made his first major contribution to Marvel with Ultimate X-Men, as Millar integrated forty years' worth of X-Men history, characters and lore into a solid two-year run, making the companion title to Ultimate Spider-Man every bit the creative and commercial success. Next up was The Ultimates, a new rendering of the Avengers that was to continue building on the success of the Ultimate line. He and artist Bryan Hitch pulled it all off in spades: The Ultimates and its sequel, Ultimates 2, were ensconced at the top of the sales charts every month; what's more, they were critical successes, as well. Meanwhile, Millar was invited to enter the regular Marvel Universe to take a stab at two of its most iconic characters: Spider-Man and Wolverine. Paired with industry heavyweights to draw his stories -- Terry Dodson on Marvel Knights Spider-Man and John Romita Jr. on Wolverine -- Millar brought the same fast-paced and cleverly constructed plots with which his Ultimate fans were already familiar. Amid building a small library of Millarworld indie comic books -- including the titles Chosen and Wanted, the latter of which was turned into a Hollywood blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie -- he managed to write Civil War, the epic seven-issue miniseries that definitively reshaped the landscape of Marvel's heroes. Kick-A**, a Marvel Icon project done in tandem with John Romita Jr., made an impressive impact on the sales chart before also being adapted for a major motion picture. In addition, Millar has reunited with Civil War artist Steve McNiven in both the pages of Wolverine and their creator-owned book Nemesis.

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This is probably one of my favorite Spider-man reads.
lady_battousai
I won't give away much of the story because it's such a great read, but it's paced wonderfully and builds to a great climax.
Reid Sherman
And the gorgeous oversize hardcover is a nice addition to anyone's bookcase.
Mark Douglas

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Derek Moreland on December 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The title of this review was a little difficult for me to admit - the first two arcs of Paul Jenkins/Hunberto Ramos' "Spectacular Spider-Man" were phenomenal reads that perfectly captured everyone's favorite wall-crawler (check out "The Hunger" or "Countdown" if you dont believe me). So what sets Mark Millar's 12-issue paced-for-the-trade stab at the Spidey universe so good? Sometimes, bigger is better.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Collecting his entire year long run, this handsome hardcover collects the first twelve issues of the newly launched Marvel Knights Spider-Man, with none other than Ultimates scribe Mark Millar at the helm. Within these twelve issues, we witness the wall crawler take the biggest beatings the character has ever endured in years, and the villains here are written more fearsome than they have been in some time. It begins with Spidey and the Green Goblin in battle, and soon enough Peter Parker's beloved Aunt May is kidnapped, and presumed dead. The kidnapper is hiding in the shadows, and the conspiracy surrounding it involves the Black Cat, the Owl, the Vulture, Electro, and many, many more. We also witness Eddie Brock auctioning off his Venom symbiote, which births a new villain Spidey must contend with, and there's something very wrong with Doc Ock. The Avengers and the X-Men are also on board, and Millar's storyline is filled with colorful nods to Spidey stories of the past; namely the classic Death of Gwen Stacy saga but it all works superbly. The art by the team of Terry and Rachel Dodson, with a few chapters done by Frank Cho as well, is excellent, with Cho's rendering of Mary Jane looking incredibly luscious. All in all, this hardcover collection of the first run of Marvel Knights Spider-Man is one of the best stories of the character in years (Amazing Spider-Man scribe J. Michael Straczynski wrote some great stories too, but don't get me started on his latest Spidey works), and this is definitely worth picking up for web-heads who missed out on the single issues or would rather have one volume instead of the seperate three TPB's which are also available.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Douglas on May 21, 2006
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I like Spider-Man but I have never read the regular comics because of the convoluted history and cross-over disease they have always suffered while I was a kid.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By abbatude on September 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Marvel Knights seems to be aimed at a more adult audience (and thank God for that) with a more gritty presentation in the art, story and dialogue. Seeing Electro and the Vulture score hookers is just not something you see everyday. The bottom line is the writing is compelling and very well done. I wish the other Spider titles read as maturely as this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. on December 8, 2006
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Anyone that is even remotely a fan of spider man should pick up this book. I just started reading graphic novels recently and this is one of the best ones I have read so far. I loved spider man when I was a kid, now I remember why.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rene Ritchie on December 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
WRITING: Mark Millar, superstar writer of Authority, Ultimates, and Civil War, takes a turn on what is perhaps Marvel's signature property. In a break from his usual method, Millar gives us an internal monologue for Spider-Man, a look into what he's thinking. This is highly effective given the premise of the story: Spider-Man has had the original Green Goblin, Norman Osborn himself, arrested. And very soon thereafter, Spider-Man's Aunt May is brutally kidnapped and the reader is left to wonder if it is or is not connected to the Goblin (who's long known Spider-Man's secret identity as Peter Parker).

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.
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