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Marvel Knights Spider-Man (v. 1) Hardcover – November 16, 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (November 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078511842X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785118428
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,961,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Derek Moreland on December 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The title of this review was a little difficult for me to admit - the first two arcs of Paul Jenkins/Hunberto Ramos' "Spectacular Spider-Man" were phenomenal reads that perfectly captured everyone's favorite wall-crawler (check out "The Hunger" or "Countdown" if you dont believe me). So what sets Mark Millar's 12-issue paced-for-the-trade stab at the Spidey universe so good? Sometimes, bigger is better.

Spider-Man is the ultimate hard-luck hero: he's been getting his butt kicked since Amazing Spider-man #4, Doc Ock's first appearance - and he usually wins with a heroic combination of brains, braun, and sheer tenacity. Millar understands this, and reacts accordingly: the story opens with Spider-man beaten and nearly dead, the Green Goblin barreling down on him. After narrowly pulling out a victory and saving another ungrateful group of spectators, Spidey finds his Uncle's grave desecrated and his beloved aunt kidnapped by someone who knows his secret identity.

The book then goes on a wild trip throughout the Marvel Universe and the classic Spidey rouges gallery, as Peter tries to solve the mystery: who now knows his greatest secret?

Millar's writing is top notch - fun, witty, suspenseful, and staggeringly violent when neccesary (re: Venom's appearance). Though the artist changes more than once on the twelve issues collected, the style remains intact, and the story doesnt feel puzzle-peiced together, which is a good thing.

If I have a complaint about the book, its that it wouldnt feel nearly as satisfying if I'd been reading it issue by issue: the story is definitely paced to be digested in one extended sitting. But even then, its worth the read.
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Format: Hardcover
Collecting his entire year long run, this handsome hardcover collects the first twelve issues of the newly launched Marvel Knights Spider-Man, with none other than Ultimates scribe Mark Millar at the helm. Within these twelve issues, we witness the wall crawler take the biggest beatings the character has ever endured in years, and the villains here are written more fearsome than they have been in some time. It begins with Spidey and the Green Goblin in battle, and soon enough Peter Parker's beloved Aunt May is kidnapped, and presumed dead. The kidnapper is hiding in the shadows, and the conspiracy surrounding it involves the Black Cat, the Owl, the Vulture, Electro, and many, many more. We also witness Eddie Brock auctioning off his Venom symbiote, which births a new villain Spidey must contend with, and there's something very wrong with Doc Ock. The Avengers and the X-Men are also on board, and Millar's storyline is filled with colorful nods to Spidey stories of the past; namely the classic Death of Gwen Stacy saga but it all works superbly. The art by the team of Terry and Rachel Dodson, with a few chapters done by Frank Cho as well, is excellent, with Cho's rendering of Mary Jane looking incredibly luscious. All in all, this hardcover collection of the first run of Marvel Knights Spider-Man is one of the best stories of the character in years (Amazing Spider-Man scribe J. Michael Straczynski wrote some great stories too, but don't get me started on his latest Spidey works), and this is definitely worth picking up for web-heads who missed out on the single issues or would rather have one volume instead of the seperate three TPB's which are also available.
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I like Spider-Man but I have never read the regular comics because of the convoluted history and cross-over disease they have always suffered while I was a kid.

This book offers a BRILLIANTLY written and better than average drawn story which is so entertaining and most of all, complete!

It doesn't start at the beginning, but rather, the middle of Spider-Man's career. There's no wasting time on the origin here. It's all action and characterisation in a great balance.

I was also grateful the themes in this book are a little more adult than the regular comics. Like Mark Millar's exploration into domestic violence in THE ULTIMATES, he looks at the uncertainty within a less than normal marriage while under extreme stress with great success. I feel like I've grown up (now I'm in my mid 20s) and this is where Spider-Man is now in his world too 15 years later.

This book is right on par with Mark Millar's work on Ultimate X-Men and Wolverine too. And the gorgeous oversize hardcover is a nice addition to anyone's bookcase.
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Format: Hardcover
This is probably one of my favorite Spider-man reads. Millar's writing and Dodson's art make for a very well-paced and action-filled story. The book really has it all without feeling like one long cliche of Spidey's life. Every time I read it, I discover something new that I didn't notice before which really smacks of a lot of love and effort, in my opinion. And this story is on a lot of must read Spidey lists, so I'll just leave it at that. Just find a copy.

The hardcover is really nice. I found one in like new condition, and it's a nice hefty book with good-sized pages and beautiful colors. The only problem I found was one page which seemed to have too low a resolution when it went to print.
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