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Avenging Spider-Man, Vol. 1 Hardcover – June 27, 2012

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About the Author

Zeb Wells is an American comic book writer known for his work at Marvel Comics, as well as his work on Robot Chicken.

Joe Madureira became the regular penciller on Uncanny X-Men in 1994 and soon rose to become one of the most popular artists in the industry. Joe then went on to work for the video game industry. Starting with the start-up company Tri-Lunar, he created concept art on a game called Dragonkind, and then went on to work for NC Soft
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (June 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785157786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785157786
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book contains the first five issues of the series, which holds three individual Spider-Man team-up stories written by Zeb Wells. Each story is a perfect example of what a good Spider-Man story is. The stories cover many elements ranging from action packed, to adventure filled, to sad and reminiscent, and finally to funny and witty, but the catalyst for these instant classic Spidey is the heroes he teams up with. Spider-man's interaction with his fellow Avengers is truly what makes this book great. The first (Issues #1-3)is the Red Hulk team up story, with Joe Madureira on the art, which is where the book truly excels. The story is a classic example of heroic spidey, saving the day with his wit, even when strength fails. The second story (issue #4) has Greg Land doing pencils, and while it is a shame that Joe Mad isn't working on this issue (Although he is set to return later in the series), the art is decent enough. This story is one of my favorite Spider-Man stories ever, because it features my favorite Avenger: Hawkeye, and in this issue it's Hawkeye who steals the stage. This story gives an awesome insight in to the humanity of "a dude with a bow" in the world of larger than life super heroes. The issue is a little dull in the action department, but gives the reader an awesome look at what makes these heroes tick. The third, and final story (issue #5) has Leinil Francis Yu on pencils, which is STILL not Joe Mad, but I consider it to be a step up from issue #4, though none of the art in this book is by any means bad. The guest star in this issue is by far the most famous yet: Captain America. This story is, in a way, a continuation of the second story, and shares the same villains.Read more ›
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It was O.K. I didn't mind the art in all the issues, but the writing was weak. I feel like if this was a starting off point for new Spider-Man readers, they would not come back. Zebb Wells writes Spidey like he was 15yrs. old. I've been reading Spider-Man off and on for about 30yrs and it seems many (newer) writers choose this kind of take on the wall crawler.

I know I'm biased but I prefer my Spidey a loner and in his mid to late 20's. Oh well. just my opinion.
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It's got a fun title - My Friends Can Beat Up Your Friends - but Avenging Spider-man is a strangely maudlin book. This is Spider-man's team-up series where he gets paired with another character and has an adventure with them. In this book it's Red Hulk, Hawkeye, and Captain America respectively.

The Spider-man/Red Hulk storyline takes up the first three issues and is unfortunately the worst of the bunch. Mayor Jameson gets captured by some moloids and is dragged beneath New York City where it turns out Moleman has been usurped by a whole new group of tough guy monsters who have enslaved the moloids. Middle middle middle, Spider-man saves the day in a jokey way. I won't go into plot particulars but this really didn't need to be three issues given the sparse content. Plus Red Hulk is kind of a dick so the less I see of him, the better.

The Hawkeye story is strangely sad. Hawkeye's deeply insecure being a non-super-powered human on a team of gods, monsters, and assorted super-powered heroes so spends all of his time practicing on being the best shot in the world. Spidey does something nice for him at the end despite Hawkeye being kind of a dick himself, overcompensating on confidence because he's not confident. It's an ok story I guess...

The best story in the book is Spidey/Captain America. Spidey finds out that Cap, before he became Cap and was still weedy Steve Rogers, wanted to be a comics illustrator. Spidey tries to get Cap back into it so the two can come up with characters and start making comics together for a lark. This was the best story because it does a lot of things in a short space.
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I enjoy many comic books but I'd hardly say I'm much of a collector I picked this one up because I enjoy team up comics, which is exactly what this series is. While the art sometimes left something to be desired the writing is fantastic making all of it fun to read.

I'd recommend this to anyone who wants something more on the light and funny side to read. While, like many of Marvel's series, it does get into some personal level with the characters it does not do so in a deep heavily emotional way. I'd say this is a 'fun' read you see Spiderman crack jokes, deal with the baddies alongside either a straight man who doesn't get in on the jokes or an even bigger comedian who tosses it right back at Spiderman.
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So I waited until the trade paperbacks to pick up this series. It had pretty much what I expected from a Spider-Man satellite comic. Spider-Man was running around with other members of the Avengers and fighting super-villains.

It was cool to see Spidey team up with the Red Hulk and fight underground dwellers that invaded the Moleman's domain. Plus seeing Spider-Man defeat a bad guy by basically pantsing him actually made me laugh out loud!

It's nothing really ground breaking but it's entertaining and it's worth checking out.
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