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Amazing Spider-Man by JMS Ultimate Collection, Book 1 Paperback – July 22, 2009
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I love Spider-man. I am a huge fan and always have been, though I must admit, I have never faithfully followed a comic book series enough to give any expert advice. I know tons about the character, but this was my first foray into following a storyline after being recommended this series from reviews online. So was it a good place to start? I believe so. With so many comics packed into this first volume there is plenty to read, and with a great story and beautiful illustrations it will leave you greedy for more!
Worth buying? Yes. Worth reading? Absolutely.
Why only 4 stars then? A few people have mentioned the "totems" or mystical way Spider-man receives his power as odd. Some people love it some hate it. As for me, I have some reservations but look forward to picking up the next collection in the series and continuing on where I left off. The main reason for me is the cost of $25 I purchased it at is only an average price at best. For so many comics collected it is a good or acceptable deal, but not a steal by any means. It's still Spider-man we know and love but leaves something to be desired. What that is I cannot fully articulate but a certain element is not present for me to fully dole out 5 stars, especially for the price, but I would fully recommend this otherwise and plan on buying the next installment.
Happy Reading! A great way to start into reading Spider-man or see a new view of spidey.
One last addition to this, the books collect only THIS authors works from the series so it picks up where the last author left off. Not an issue to me but something to look out for. No "origin" story but enough back-story to get you going.
May's discovery of Peter's dual identity as the controversial vigilantly occurs in this first volume, as does the introduction of Ezekiel with his "Totem mythology" and the nearly invincible character of Morlan who hunts Spider-totems across Marvel's universe. These two new characters and their motives form the foundation for Dan Slott's eventual Spider-verse storyline, along with the inception of "Silk"-the Spider-Woman bitten by the same spider as Peter. For a collector like myself, a born geek who learned to read thanks in large part to Spider-man comic books, tying those story threads together was my sole reason for purchasing this volume, that and the inclusion of the 9/11 issue.
Despite my distaste for JMS's writing (which I find stale more often than not and needlessly excessive) and his leanings towards more fanciful story telling, I have to admit that the ruthless, knock down, drag out, ultimately fatal brawl between Morlan and Spidey was worth the purchase. And of course, John Romita Jr's distinct art style is always welcome.
The art is good but not great, the writing is good though, and ultimately of the two that's much more important.
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