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About the Author

Dan Slott is an American comic book writer best known for The Amazing Spider-Man, Mighty Avengers, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell and She-Hulk. He is the current writer of the twice monthly The Amazing Spider-Man. Dan lives in New York City.
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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (November 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785151036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785151036
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Born on August 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm not a Spider-Man fan. I don't like the movies or the mainstream Marvel superhero. I do like Ultimate Spider-Man.
I found myself buying this because of the cover and title. This hardcover collects Amazing Spider-Man 652-657 and the special 654.1 issue. It was worth the $25.
With a new job and his first big victory in this new Big Time era under his belt, Spider-Man's life couldn't get any better. Of course, there's always room for it to decline. When a villain from his past (Spider-Slayers) launches an all-out assault on the Jameson clan, it's going to take a sacrifice bigger than Spidey has ever made before to take down the villain. And then, a double whammy of funerals, as Spidey mourns the Human Torch, and the unfortunate casualty from the end of the first arc. Plus, who is the new Venom? All this is revealed in this hardcover.
The funeral scenes in this collection are wrenching. You get a real sense of emotion from the scenes here.
Now the two story arcs by themselves make this collection worth it, but the art makes it absolutely worth more. Stefano Caselli's artwork is stellar.
I've decided to pick up Big Time: Vol. 1 and the next volume in this Amazing Spider-Man series. You've made me a Spidey man fan Dan Slott, well done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dax S. Torres on August 5, 2011
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Dan Slott has changed Spider-Man. He has given him a new (exciting) career. He has a hot girlfriend (IMO). He is finally living the life he has always wanted. Now the other shoe drops. Alyster Smithe and the Scorpion are back. They are determined to destroy J. Jonah Jameson's life by killing all those close to him. The story marks a major change for Spider-Man and ends the life of a supporting character. We also are treated the debut of the New Venom, a government controlled Venom at that.

Another great chapter in the life of Spider-Man by Dan Slott & crew (3 artist).

Highly recommend this.
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No one's currently writing better Spidey stories than Dan Slott (Sorry, Bendis). And maybe I won't ever get over what Quesada did with that whole One More Day do-over arc, but, in this spanking new era, you must credit Dan Slott for crafting some darn entertaining capers for our wallcrawler. He's switched some things up, advanced poor Peter Parker up that career ladder, re-introduced Mary Jane but without making her Peter's requisite love interest. Slott's got our boy moving on. But, still, that predictable ol' Parker luck is never too far away. And in this particular trade collection, it rears up with a vengeance.

The trade opens with Peter sauntering down the sunny side of the street. He's wallowing in his dream job as respected tech developer at Horizon's Lab. Things are going swell with his girlfriend Carlie Cooper who is a police forensics expert AND a tough-as-nails roller derby participant nicknamed "Crusher Carlie." His Aunt May has gotten happily married (never mind that it's to J. Jonah Jameson's dad). On the costumed crimefighting side, he's gained a measure of respectability due to his Avenger status. So, naturally, it's the perfect time for Dan Slott to drop that anvil. And to demonstrate that he could do more than write for shucks and giggles, there are a few somber stories in this pack.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH collects issues #652-657 and #654.1 and presents pretty stellar artwork by up-and-comers like Stefano Caselli, Humberto Ramos, and Marcos Martin. Even though Mac Gargan is featured here - and newly returned to his Scorpion persona, a seriously leveled-up version - the big bad is Alistair Smythe, the demented Spider-Slayer. Smythe still harbors that murderous vendetta against J. Jonah Jameson, still vows to kill everyone close to him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Donnelly VINE VOICE on April 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
For almost his entire career, Peter Parker/Spider-Man has been the whipping boy of the Marvel Universe. His hero career was birthed out of tragedy, and tragedy has been following him in one way or another throughout his life. When the abysmal reboot to his life occured in the Joe Quesada/J. Michael Stracynzski spear-headed arc "One More Day", Dan Slott took the reins of Spidey's life and started with the decidedly different "Brand New Day" arc, which not only took Peter in a new direction, but also gave the character its best writer ever. Slott gives Peter/Spidey a vitality, a humor, and a creativity that the character has rarely had in any sort of consistency. In the "Big Time" arc, Peter finally gets his dream job at Horizon Labs, a super-duper science R&D lab, he's dating yet another dream girl (a beautiful crime scene tech named Carlie Cooper), he's also a card-carrying Avenger now, and despite J. Jonah Jameson being mayor of New York City, he's got some pretty good things going.

But things are not looking up once Alastair Smythe and his Spider-Slayers get back to work, and in this, the finale of "Big Time" called "Revenge of the Spider-Slayers", tragedy strikes again as another important person in his life is killed by Smythe, and it sends ripples through his life and the lives of the supporting cast.

This leads to possibly my favorite arc of the last few years of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN; an arc simply called "No One Dies". Spidey, reeling from the aftermath of the tragedy, makes a bold declaration: On his watch, no one dies if he can help it; innocent victims or evil perpetrators, which is exactly where he finds himself during a terrifying hostage situation. He also finds himself without one of his key abilities: His Spider-Sense is gone. Solution for the time being?
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