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


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (July 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785138714
  • ASIN: B005DI8DRQ
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,576,628 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.

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

Fred loves hearing from readers at fred.vanlente@gmail.com.

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1 of 1 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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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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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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10 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr.Mister on October 20, 2010
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First and foremost, I am a HUGE Spider-Man fan. The second thing you should know about me is that I subscribe to the idea that Marvel doesn't care about Spider-Man anymore. As far as they're concerned, Spider-Man is spelled $$$$pider-Man and the decline in quality since the Civil War event is painful evidence of that. With that out of the way, let's review...

This TPB collects the beginning of the major 2009-2010 Spider-Man event called the Gauntlet. The basic premise is that Kraven the Hunter's widow (Kraven being one of Spidey's oldest foes who did himself in during the INCREDIBLE Kraven's Last Hunt story...which I can't recommend enough) is behind the scenes plotting something big, and in the mean-time helps some of the deadlier members of Spidey's rogues gallery to enhance their powers, intending to wear him out physically and mentally when he has to face one beefed-up bad guy after another.
I won't spoil anything for you, but I will tell you this...The Gauntlet overall was a disjointed, misorganized and poorly written mess!!! As this is only the beginning it isn't so apparent yet, but believe me...by the time you get into The Gauntlet Vol. 3, 4 and 5 (and especially the books that come after) you'll be ready to give up on your favorite wall-crawler for good.

The issues collected here deal with Electro and Sandman, and are actually decently written. Electro and Sandman recieve some impressive power-ups and both conflicts play hard on Peter's conscience.
A problem with these two stories (and one of the problems that will continue throughout The Gauntlet) is that they don't feel connected (much less deviously planned/designed by Kraven's widow) in any way.
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