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Spider-Man 2 Mass Market Paperback – May 25, 2004
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The amazing adventures of one of the greatest superheroes of all time
continue in Spider-Man 2.
Two years have passed, and Peter Parker struggles to cope with the demands of life as a college student, a Daily Bugle photographer, and a crime-fighting superhero. But it hasn’t gotten any easier. Condemned by the press, tormented by secrets he can never reveal, forced to give up the girl of his dreams—at times the lonely burden of Spider-Man seems almost too great to bear . . . and the temptation to give up grows stronger by the hour.
Enter the archfiend Doc Ock, armed with a lethal invention powerful enough to destroy half the city. If Spider-Man tries to stop Doc Ock, he’ll be placing the lives of those closest to him in mortal danger. If he doesn’t, it could be the end of the Big Apple. With millions of lives hanging in the balance, high about Manhattan’s glittering skyline, Spider-Man confronts his destiny, his fiercest enemy, and himself.
About the Author
Peter David is famous for writing some of the most popular of the original Star Trek: The Next Generation novels, including Imzadi and A Rock and a Hard Place, as well as the official novel of the movie Spider-Man. His original works include the fantasies Sir Apropos of Nothing, Wode to Wuin, and Knight Life, and the quirky werewolf story Howling Mad. He single-handedly revived the classic comic book series The Hulk and has written just about every famous comic book superhero, including Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, and the futuristic Spider-Man 2099. He collaborated with J. Michael Straczynski on the Babylon 5 novels and comic book series, and with Bill Mumy, he created the Nickelodeon television series Space Cases. In his spare time, he writes movie screenplays, children’s books, and TV scripts.
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Top customer reviews
Nothing really to like or dislike about it as I do enjoy watching and reading all marvel characters.
Only recommend this to true spiderman fans.
By the end of this book, you will feel Peter Parker's pain as tries to keep his life from spinning out of control. Peter David spins a web of a story that will hold you in its grasp and will not let you go, even on the last page. If the movie is half as good as the book, it will rock so hard. Buy this book. You won't regret it.
You will read about the dinner date when John Jameson took Mary Jane to meet his dad, J. Jonah Jameson. This has some funny dialogue, and it touches on Spider-man's predicament of possibly endangering his family and friends if his secret identity was known.
We see the amusing night that Mary Jane met John Jameson, as well as the time that she got fired from the Moondance Diner, by Enrique' (her slobby boss seen in the first Spider-man movie).
In the book, Dr. Octavius has many lines of dialogue about b-movie scientist stereotypes versus God; which makes him a little more sinister, though it is strange, and unlike the friendly, pre-accident Dr. Otto.
We get to hear John Jameson's explanation to the crowd in the church, after getting the bad news note, which is really very intelligent and dignified, not angry or resentful. He really is a great guy!
There are also many brief, minor references for the knowledgeable comic book fans to pick up on, (the Man-Wolf, Gwen Stacy, Dr. Henry Pym, Namor, etc...).
The book has more instances of Uncle Ben invading Peter's thoughts, including more dialogue than the film gives Ben.
The artificial intelligence of Doc Ock's arms are given dialogue, too! They call him Father, and their thoughts are more defined than in the movie, where we only hear Doc Ock's side of the conversations.
It's also great to have some of the more memorable, major film dialogue in the book, like Aunt May's moving day monologue about heroes.
There is only one scene in this book that I am glad that it is not in the film. In the first chapter, Dr. Octavius is heading to give a lecture for Dr. Connors class, when he is kidnapped by a flying, giant robot, and Spidey gets involved. This is a lame, corny scene, but the rest of the book is terrific.
After seeing the great movie, Spider-man 2, this book adds extra scenes that are quite enjoyable.
We all know the plot of Spider man 2 by now. Peter continues his task of being spider man while trying to juggle being a super hero, a pizza delivery guy, and a college student. But the pressures of all three burdens beings to wiegh down on him, and the temptation to give up being a hero grows stronger by the minute. Will Peter succumb, or overcome the monumental difficulties that are in front of him?
Like the novel based on the first spider man movie, spider man 2 takes the basic plot of the movie and enriches it with material that can only be found in a book, such as being able to read what the charachters are thinking. Peter David has added some great ideas within the pages. My favorite is the idea that the tentacles actually "talk" to doctor octopus and address him as "father" while acting like children eager to please a parent. It works very well and adds a very interesting idea that's not in the movie.
The charachters are given a lot of enrichments and enhancments, furthur adding to the already great personalities that they already have. My favorite charchter has got to be doc ock, who is good at heart, but manipulated by forces outside his control into becoming something he's not. Aunt May continues to be the wise cornerstone that Peter needs to simply keep his sanity. Harry Osbourn is one of the most fascinating charachters in the storyline of the movies, being both the best friend of Peter and the biggest hater of Spider man. The passage where Harry discovers the truth behind Spider man was amazing (in addition, it's longer and more thought out then the movie version, which seemed to move a little too quickly). You can really feel his saddness and frustration over his fathers death, the continuing demise of Oscorp and how he slips dangerously close to being insane.
There are two problems I have with the story. The opening of the book has a scene thats not in the movie, where Doc Ock is kidnapped by an australian guy named Jack All (I'm serious!) in a giant robot thing. It's a cheesy scene that dosent add much except for a bit of foreshadowing of what's to come. And seriously, who calls themselves Jack All? (But to the authors credit, Jack All does say "So? You call yourself Spider Man").
The second, and biggest problem is with Uncle Ben. In the storylines, he's portrayed as a kind, caring and understanding father figure that Peter needs in life. In this book, he's transformed into a complete grouch. I was shocked to see that a kind old man became an uncaring grouch who bickers and scolds Peter all the time. Shouldent Ben know better? Shouldent he know that Peter is only human and can't do everything at once? I was very dissapointed at how Ben is treated. It's as if Ben decided to become a bully for his own amusement. Not funny, and a disapointment.
But beyond those two complaints, this is a great story that is extremly well written. When I first started reading it, I couldent put it down! Fans of Spider man, both book and movie, will probably love this novel. Highly recommended.