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Spider-Man: Big Time Ultimate Collection Paperback – June 20, 2012
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About the Author
Dan Slott is an American comic book writer best known for The Amazing Spider-Man, Mighty Avengers, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell and She-Hulk. He is the current writer of the twice monthly The Amazing Spider-Man. Dan lives in New York City.
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This collects a bunch of issues from around 2010-2011, I believe. The status quo in the book is post-Brand New Day, so Peter Parker is single but friends with Mary Jane, J. Jonah Jameson is mayor of NYC, and Spider-man is part of the Avengers (and closely tied to the Fantastic Four/Future Foundation as well).
If you're looking for iconic showdowns with classic Spidey villains, there aren't any in this book. Hobgoblin, Kingpin, the Scorpion, and Venom all make appearances, but they're really pretty minor parts of the book. The new (or new to me) villains that show up aren't particularly interesting or exciting.
Also if you're looking for deep analysis or big changes to Peter Parker's life, there isn't much of that either. He does start a new job (as a scientist, finally) near the start of the book, but he keeps that throughout the issues, keeps the same girlfriend throughout, and otherwise is still the same guy at the end than at the beginning.
So why am I rating this so highly? Three reasons:
1) This is probably the most fun Spider-man book I have ever read. Dan Slott has a fantastic comic pacing, and gets the Spider-man witty banter so well that I actually laughed out loud a handful of times. Spider-man can be a tough character because he's built around so much tragedy, but also requires that light-hearted self-deprecating humor while he's in costume, and there is that in abundance here.
2) The couple of issues that are tragic are outstanding and extremely touching. In the middle of the book, one character dies during a battle, and the issue where Spider-man and the rest of the cast deal with that is brilliant. So many people have died around Spider-man that it can seem cheap or cliche to have it happen again, but this issue pulls it off perfectly. Then just two issues later, Spider-man connects with the Fantastic Four and reminisces about Johnny Storm (who I guess had just died in the comics, though of course he got better). Even though I've never read much FF, that issue also was wonderful and a great tribute to friendship.
3) The writing makes great use of (and pokes fun at) how over-exposed a popular character like Spider-man can be. How is one guy in the Avengers, and in the FF, and has his own adventures and somehow doesn't have tons of superhero friends to call when he has to save the city (yet again). In this book he does call on those friends a lot, and it makes the case for both how he can contribute to teams with gods like Thor and Iron Man, and also how he ends up doing his own thing sometimes. A lot of the tension is about him juggling all these responsibilities and how draining too much Spider-man can be.
When Spider-man is this well-written, I don't get tired of him. I know Dan Slott has now written an absurd number of Spider-man comics, and though I haven't read a whole lot of them, this book is a sign that Spider-man is in good hands.