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The Amazing Spider-Man: Civil War Paperback – May 2, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (May 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785122370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785122371
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J. Michael Staczynski was born in Paterson, NJ in 1954, from a lower-middle-class blue-collar family that moved 21 times in his first 18 years. He began writing in earnest and selling at the age of 17 and hasn't stopped since. He graduated San Diego State University with degrees in Psychology and Sociology.

As a journalist, he has written over 500 published articles for such periodicals as The Los Anglees Times, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Penthouse, Writer's Digest, San Diego Magazine, the San Diego and Los Angeles Reader and TIME, Inc. He has also published numerous short stories in Amazing Science Fiction Magazine, Pulphouse, and various anthologies.

As a television writer and producer, he has written over 200 produced episodes, including workj on The New Twilight Zone, Nightmare Classics and Murder She Wrote. He also wrote, created and produced the series Babylon 5, Crusade and Jeremiah.

Moving from TV to film, he wrote Changeling (directed by Clint Eastwood), Ninja Assassin (produced by the Wachowskis), provided the story for Thor (directed by Kenneth Branagh), wrote Underworld 4 (starring Kate Beckinsale), and has written numerous other films that are currently slated for production.

He has won the Hugo Award (twice), the Saturn Award, the Eisner Award, the Inkpot Lifetime Achievement Award, the E Pluribus Unum Award from the American Cinema Foundation, the Space Frontier Foundation award, the Ray Bradbury Award, the Christopher Award, and over a dozen others.

He was also nominated for a British Academy Award (BAFTA) for his screenplay for Changeling.

He writes ten hours a day, every day, except for his birthday, New Year's Day and Christmas Day.

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The story was also emotionally involving.
Richard Lee
All in all, of all the countless Civil War tie-in books, the Amazing Spider-Man chapter is undoubtedly one of the best.
N. Durham
I actually became a regular Spider-Man comic book collector from reading this book.
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2 of 0 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
When the New Warriors battle a group of super villains in Stamford, Connecticut as part of a reality television show, things go horrible wrong and over 600 people are killed. Peter Parker flies with Tony Stark to the site of the disaster, where the survivors look at Spider-Man and Iron Man as it they were responsible. Congress passes the Super Human Registration Act, Tony admits to the President that he is Iron Man, and now everybody in a mask is going to have to take it off, reveal themselves, and register with the government. Anybody who remains anonymous will be considered a bad guy; those who refuse to comply will be hunted down and arrested and imprisoned, along with anyone who aided or abetted them in keeping their identities secret. Tony Stark will stand behind registration and the big question is whether Spider-Man will finally take off his mask in public and stand by him.

"Civil War: Amazing Spider-Man" collects issues #532-38 of "The Amazing Spider-Man," and focuses directly on how Spider-Man is caught in the middle of Marvel's "Civil War." The story arc is more about Peter Parker living with his decision than it is about making it, because the fateful decision is made by the end of the first of these six issues. Aunt May and Mary Jane support Spider-Man unmasking because they want the whole world to know why they love him so much, but then Tony Stark announces that Spider-Man, along with Reed Richards ("Mr. Fantastic") and Hank Pym ("Yellowjacket"), are part of the initial strike force that will go out and bring in those who refuse to register.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
Armed with a new costume and having revealed his identity to the public, Spider-Man has even more big decisions coming in the Civil War. In this TPB, Spidey and his family are targeted as he finds himself in the middle of the superhero civil war between the factions of Captain America and Iron Man. What makes this Civil War tie-in important is that this fills a few holes from the main Civil War storyline, including Spidey's switching sides from Iron Man's pro-registration to Captain America's resistence. The only real downside however is that this TPB features a few plot holes itself that will get filled in by reading the main Civil War storyline, as well as a few preceding Spidey and even some Iron Man stories as well. That being said though, writer J. Michael Straczynski makes the most with his script, as well as getting to leave the reader hanging by teasing us with the possible death of someone close to Peter. Ron Garney's art leaves something to be desired as well in some panels, but he does a servicable job nonetheless. All in all, of all the countless Civil War tie-in books, the Amazing Spider-Man chapter is undoubtedly one of the best.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Nagler on August 2, 2010
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I thought I had a good handle on Marvel's Civil War. As always, Marvel gives great art, great action with deeper meaning. I saw parts of the book on their free digital comics and I had to have it. The interaction between Spider-Man and Captain America is spot on, from the first fight to their conference and Spider-Man's resulting decisions.
When Cap began his story, at Spidey's usual good natured ribbing, I was hooked. I never thought of Steve Rogers as a school boy and certainly not a scholar but he was that sickly boy who probably used books for protection. Back there, during the Depression, he found Mark Twain, a favorite of our family, and his memorized statement on patriotism told me where his own spirit came from. And that bit of Twain's amazing words sent me on a search for where it came from and landed me into a half a day's discovery of Mark Twain's quotes and a renewed interest in the Hannibal, Missouri's favorite son. It is amazing how true his statements are even to this day.
This is exactly why I have followed Marvel for all these years. There is always far more to those 'comic books' than just action.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. W. Schreiter VINE VOICE on October 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
This trade paperback collects Amazing Spider-Man #532-538, written by J. Michael Straczynski and drawn by Ron Garney. Focusing on Peter Parker/Spider-Man's role in the Marvel Universe-encompassing Civil War, the story develops the quasi-paternal relationship between Peter and Tony Stark as the Civil War escalates. Peter's shocking public revelation in issue 533 was the first non-cinematic Spider-Man news in a long time to be covered by mainstream US media. As the conflict intensifies, Peter grows to question his siding with Stark and eventually hides with MJ and Aunt May in a decrepit motel room. The book ends with a cliffhanger that left me eager to read issue 539. Reading the main Civil War TPB is helpful but not essential as there is enough of an independent plot here for those interested only in Spider-Man.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PB_Hello on July 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Civil War series had great stories and flops - this is not a flop. The Spider-man story line is one of the best to read since it digs so deep into the personal life of a character most of us know pretty well. Spidey ends up going back and forth throughout the story which really keeps things interesting. Pick it up if you are a fan of Spidey or the Civil War story.
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