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Spider-Man: The Gauntlet, Vol. 1 - Electro & Sandman Paperback – Bargain Price, July 28, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (July 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785138714
  • ASIN: B005DI8DRQ
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,480,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Weatherman on February 28, 2012
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When I first stumbled upon this book I saw the title Electro and Sandman. I got excited because Electro is one of my favorite villains and I think he isnt in enough spider-man comics, at least none that I have read so far (if anyone knows of any others with him in it, please let me know) Anyway this book is a good one. I have read it and thought it was great! Dan Slott does good work as well as Mark Waid. The artwork is different for almost all the different stories. Its not bad, but it can be annoying to be seeing the artwork one way and then the next story its different. This is just a minor problem I had with it. The stories are solid, if you enjoy spider-man and want to see something a little different then take this story up, the price isnt bad for it, I haven't read any of the other volumes but I do have volume 2 on its way. So I say give it a chance, if you enjoy spider-man, I dont see way would wouldn't enjoy this!
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Format: Paperback
This collects
Dark Reign: The List - Spider-Man
Gauntlet Origins: Electro short from Web of Spider-Man (V2) 2
Amazing Spider-Man 612-616

First, The List, which is the only issue here by Slott (I'll also mention that Quesada does nothing in this book.) The story is a self-contained one-shot that is pretty average -- Spidey trying to expose Norman -- and more related to the Dark Reign event going on. Unfortunately, nothing about it really sticks, a good example of Stan Lee's "illusion of change" mantra, where despite a lot happening, nothing REALLY happens. About the art, while Adam Kubert can be hit or miss, he really hits it here. Almost everything is done as a 2 page spread (though not necessarily a splash), with crisp linework and vibrant colors. Just fantastic all around.

The Electro Origin short doesn't lead into his arc very well. Waid's main arc about Electro, who is weakened by his waning powers, is a good re-establishment of the character, but I wasn't crazy about the plot. This was during the real life bank bailouts and that idea spreads into the comic with the DB doing the same. While that's going on, Electro's trying to get enough money for the equipment needed to cure his instability problems. The art by Azaceta is good, actually very good if you take the time to focus on it, great proportions and storytelling ability, but I don't think it works for a Spider-Man comic, and is especially jarring compared to the other rotating artists, really the kind you need to settle into. It doesn't help that it comes after Kubert and Kitsons earlier work in the book. It also has a very concrete look that doesn't mesh with an Electro story (or maybe that's just my inner Pokemon fan being pedantic, ground and electric mixing...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on June 21, 2013
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I've always really liked Spider-Man (mostly thanks to the 90's cartoon), but I've never really gotten into the comics. I know the basics (and probably more about his recent history than most people), but I've never kept up with the series. Well I'd have to say this is as good a place to start as any. There's some references to some other stories, but the main Electro and Sandman stories are just fun and modern twists on two classic villains who needed more than a little polish to make them relevant again. There's also a backup story with Black Cat which is also quite fun. The art throughout is solid, but the Sandman story is penciled by Javier Pulido whose sleek, energetic style is perfect for a Spider-Man comic (or any comic really).
As for the other issues collected in the volume... they're kind of a mixed bag. The Web of Spider-Man villain origins, regardless of quality, are mostly pointless. And the first story in the volume is actually more closely related to the Dark Reign storyline that was going on in the rest of the Marvel universe involving Norman Osborn. A good story with great art...that has nothing to do with the rest of the book. This one probably requires a little more working knowledge of the Marvel universe to fully understand/enjoy (but that's what Wikipedia is for). It doesn't really detract from the quality of the book, but it does make you wonder what it's doing there.
In short, if you want two stories about two of Spidey's classic enemies with a modern twist, this is the book for you. Those two stories are worth the price of admission. And there's some other stuff in here that's not bad to look at either.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William yates on August 27, 2013
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Let me first get this off my chest: Joe Quesada's art killed this story for me. The plot itself was very average, but coupled with the heavily stylized, trite, and dry art of Quesada, completion of the book becomes more of a chore. One of the first cards to get pulled when someone declares "bad art" is that, "It's just his/her style, you like it or you don't.", this possibly couldn't be any more true with Quesada. I don't see any middle ground for his art, especially for a Spidey book, I just don't think it's a good match for such a dynamic character. Quesada's art doesn't exactly screams "HIGH-OCTANE ACTION".

The Electro story starts off promising, but get's old real quick, a very boring read throughout the middle, but it leads to a decent fight scene in the end(but like I said the art takes away from everything noteworthy to at least some degree in this book). Sandman's book wasn't the greatest in the world either, a bit on the emotional side, but a solid spidey story nonetheless. Here, Quesada's style isn't as bad, partly due to the fact that he's illustrating Sandman, a character who's very aesthetics compliments such dry and grainy art. Overall a "meh" read, would've gotten a 3/5 if it was illustrated by anyone else.
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