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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition first Printing edition (March 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785142649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785142645
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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FRED VAN LENTE is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Marvel Zombies, Incredible Hercules (with Greg Pak), Odd Is On Our Side (with Dean R. Koontz), as well as the American Library Association award-winning Action Philosophers.

His original graphic novel Cowboys & Aliens (co-written with Andrew Foley) is the basis for the major motion picture starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.

Van Lente's other comics include The Comic Book History of Comics, Taskmaster, Archer & Armstrong, Amazing Spider-Man and Hulk: Season One.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Penrose on August 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The first volume of the Gauntlet seems like an odd way to title this as there is only a little bit to do the with the supposed "Gauntlet" that the Kravinovs are making Spider-Man run. Here We get a really good story involving Norma Osborn and his rival with Spider-Man illustrated beautifully by Adam Kubert. Then there's the Electro storyline which is interesting and timely but held back by art that lacks dynamism that a story involving so much electricity needs. The art wasn't bad just ill suited for this tale. The Sandman story that ended the trade was really good. It had old school John Romita Sr.-esque art by Marcos Martin and was actually heart wrenching. It showed the Sandman in a new and interesting light. Overall, there wasn't much cohesion to the overall stories but they were all good. The art was up and down but overall pretty good.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 12, 2010
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For Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man, it continues to be a perplexing, topsy-turvy world. Highly profiled crminals being embraced by the public renders him all non-plussed. And then this other thing which probably has cyclical properties: There are brief moments when Spider-Man basks in the thanks of a grateful city. But, sure as rain, it's not too long before the wallcrawler again reverts to being regarded a public menace. The wheel spins around again, in this run of stories.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: THE GAUNTLET Vol. 1: ELECTRO & SANDMAN collects AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #612-616, DARK REIGN: THE LIST: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, and the "Gauntlet Origins: Electro" story from WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #2. The trade opens up with Dan Slott & Adam Kubert's one-shot, DARK REIGN: THE LIST: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Norman Osborn, a megalomaniac thru and thru and currently at the helm of the Marvel universe, has made a list of people he'd like to snuff out or at least take care of. And at last he's set his eyes on Spider-Man. I really like this story, although in no way does it provide final resolution to Dark Reign. Well, maybe one nail in the coffin for old Normie.

Next up is Fred Van Lente & Barry Kitson's "Gauntlet Origins: Electro," in which we see how pathetic and yet lethal Max Dillon is. This origin, a tale rife with abject humiliation and little man complex, leads into the "Power to the People!" arc, and it's Mark Waid's turn again at the rotation. "Power to the People!" launches the Gauntlet banner. The Gauntlet isn't intended as a single tightly-woven story arc. The Gauntlet is more a mission statement. What we're about to get is a series of stories, the common thread of which is that Spidey's classic villains resurface one at a time and take a crack at Spidey.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ridley S. on May 31, 2010
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Spider-Man has always had an unusual to-do list. But the Gauntlet does not get any easier for Spidey. The new Vulture is on the loose and he is now terrorizing. This is the new Vulture with the fangs and spits acid. This is a Vulture where you'd say,"Lock your doors and hide your children!" After breaking out, the new Vulture continues to terrorize the mob as revenge for turning him into what he is now. But things go worse as Major J.Jonah Jameson is accused of masterminding his creation. Things go bad from worse for Spider-Man as he tries to help Jameson clear him of the conspiracy but he is instead fired from his career as a photographer.

Spidey is also brought into the underworld of vampires with Morbious leading them.Also the original is brought back in town as he now fights the new Rhino to once again claim his spot.

We'll also see Flash Thompson being rehabilitated from his Iraqi wounds.

Collecting Amazing Spider-Man #622-625 and Web of Spider-Man #2 and #6 and features writing from Greg Weisman who was responsible for Gargoyles and Spectacular Spider-Man.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Henry on February 26, 2010
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Spidey enters the gauntlet in this first hardcover. The book starts off with the Dark Reign: the list one shot. Which I thought was the second best one behind only Daredevils's. It doesn't really add anything too the gauntlet storyline but it is a nice inclusion. Next is a short story adding too Electro's origin and after that 3 issues for the Electro storyline take place. I really like the story by Mark Waid, not as big a fan of the art by Paul Avaceta but I adjusted too it and started to enjoy it by the end. It's very stylized and people I have talked too seem to either love it or hate it. Next is another short story called "the other woman" Good writing by Joe Kelly here but I hated the art here. Now is when the book really gets going with Fres Van Lente's Sandman story. I really enjoyed this, especially since sandman was one of my favorite classic villains. Javier Pulido's art is similar to Avaceta's art is the earlier story but seems to be a little more mainstream and enjoyable to me. After this there is a small bit of extras, just the variant covers to the issues which are fun to look at but don't add much to the book.

I give this 4 stars for the great writing though if I had liked the art better it would have easily been 5.

Glad they are bringin back Spidey's original villains I just hope to get a great Doc Ock story even though there isn't anything representing him on the cover.
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