- Series: Amazing Spider-Man (Book 8)
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Marvel Comics (February 9, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785115099
- ISBN-13: 978-0785115090
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 8: Sins Past Paperback – February 9, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
Oh deary me.
Working out a way to get Osbourne vs Parker back onto the agenda?
Doing it by fundamentally altering Spider-Man history and through a completly unbelievable revelation concerning an iconic character??
Bad idea. Very, very bad idea.
Introduction a new goblin villain?
Using them for only a handful of panels and having them defeated in such a lame way?
Still I had to give it two stars cos it remains a fairly thrilling read. I miss the fun art of J.R. jr - the new realistic style does nothing for me.
And while I admire the balls of JMS for throwing us such a curveball i have to say this - if you're going to fundamentally alter Spidey's history with a major revelation, you'd better make sure that reveleation fits. And it just doesn't.
This could have worked if handled with more care and more time. I'm thinking maybe the original thought was to have had Gwen assaulted by Norman and keeping her dark secret through shame and through fear of Peter's reactions. That would have worked for me (just about) but I bet it must be hard to convince Marvel bosses to include rape in their biggest title. Not that it stopped DC.
With just one small character inconsistancy JMS ruined the whole story. The way it was introduced... the flipant "there was something so powerful about him" explanation. Come on folks, this is Gwen we're talking about here!
JMS even destroyed any chances of reversing this decision by having Mary Jane confirm it all. And while I buy her "I keep secrets" excuse for not revealing it before, it really sullies everything for me now.
Folks, I'm picking up "I'm with Stupid" by Dan Slott and forgetting any of this ever happened!
Let me defend JMS for a sec though: the idea of his arch enemy shagging his first, and strongest love (which results in twins), has potential for alot of angst and development of the rivalry between the two. However having Gwen do the dirty willingly cause she's attracted to his manliness and wrinkly neck(?!), come on! Frankly if it had to be done, I would prefer it that he raped her (yes I know, but it would make more sense).
Look all I'm saying is being a good writer involves more then just pissing on everything (because thats what JMS does in this arc, anyway you look at it) that has come before for short-term shock and entertainment value, mmm-kay? You can add to it, you can adapt it, you can do a great number of things with Ret-cons, but YOU SHOULD NOT PISS ON IT's HEAD just for shock value! Sorry.
-Lotsa fighting, drawn well by Mike Deodato.
-Even ignoring the controversial changes, the arc itself is packed way too much with day time soapy dialogue, overly melodramatic scenes and way too much forced drama and "shocking" revelations.
Please buy something, anything, else that involves Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker (Spider-man: Blue or the The Death of Gwen Stacy or Marvels or any of the old issues) first and try and rate this 5 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't really explain how bad this story arc sucks better than Jaleh Najafali does in this article:... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jason Peterson
Over the years, I’ve come across many comics that receive heavy criticism, and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: SINS PAST was one that for a while, I never understood the hate thrown at it. Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by Dr. Rorschach Hound
The single most disappointing TPB I have ever read or purchased.Published on June 27, 2014 by Mark Twain
I know almost everyone hate this story arc and I can respect that people were upset how he change spider- man history. Apparently that is sacrilegious but things change. Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by crushaa
I wasn't always a Spider-man fan but without a doubt this was the pinnacle of my transformation into an avid Spidey Fan. Read morePublished on January 20, 2012 by Diego Alvarado
I had just seen the movie on DVD in 2005 and was in a sweat to know more about the wall-crawler. So I picked up every Spider-Man volume I could find in the local library. Read morePublished on August 3, 2007 by Stuart F. RANDLETT
Quite possibly the WORST Spider-Man story I have ever read. Take it from a real Spidey fan who's read more issues of Amazing Spider-Man than he hasn't. Read morePublished on August 2, 2007 by Aaron Felker
Spider-man is not Babylon 5. People care about Spider-man. A beloved character like Gwen Stacy should be left alone - she should not be part of a new story just to be defiled. Read morePublished on November 16, 2006 by Zach Kafka
Here we go again, Straczynski decides to alter the affectionate history of Gwen Stacey for Spidey fans. Read morePublished on September 16, 2006 by Bobachow