- 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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Marvel Knights Spider-Man (v. 1) Hardcover – November 16, 2005
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really like it. One of the better spiderman stories. I really like the darker more grown up feel of the marvel knights stories.Published 11 months ago by Dylan & Kim Underwood
Two men walk into the alleyway and find Spider-Man barely conscious. The Wall-Crawler barely recovers in time to save the men from a pumpkin bomb blast. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Luquillo
It was absolutely amazing and definitely one of the best Spider-Man stories I've read so far.Published on July 20, 2014 by Marly
I've never really been into to comics, but this was pretty good. If you like the feel of the Spider-Man movies then you'll probably like this book.Published on April 1, 2014 by Brandon
Spider-man is one of the most popular superheroes, and like many has a ridiculous number of comics about him. Many are good, many are terrible. Read morePublished on October 18, 2012 by Reid Sherman
To keep it short and sweet: I have absolutely no idea why Millar's Spider-Man run is so revered. I am open to the possibility that the fact I read it 7 years after its original... Read morePublished on July 13, 2012 by BK
This is everything I hate about bad comics - unintelligent, forced, unbelievable, and boring. I'm a huge fan of Millar's Ultimates, which I highly recommend, but this is not even... Read morePublished on June 30, 2012 by Culturefan
The art alone is worth the price of this book. The story is not bad, but could get a bit too much for me at times. Read morePublished on September 16, 2011 by spidey1984