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Spider-Man: The Death of Jean DeWolff Paperback – March 19, 2013
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"The Death of Jean DeWolff", the initial four-parter, was a significant story at the time of its release, and to this day is considered one of the most effective 'dark' Spider-Man stories. NYPD Captain Jean DeWolff was a recurring castmember in Spider-Man's world from the mid-1970s through the early 1980s, largely within the "Marvel Team-Up" title that regularly featured Spider-Man; this story opens with a brief recap of her life history (rarely a good sign for a character), before arriving at the titular death. The rest of the story is a distraught Spider-Man's quest to apprehend her killer, the so-called Sin-Eater, who is on a rampage of purifying vengeance throughout New York City.Read more ›
Oh, and MJ is there too.
Spidey fights himself more in this collection than any threat, and in the end loses, as the man behind Sin-Earer triumphs.
This is often placed among the top 10 Spider-man stories, and it deserves its place. In the paperback are actually two stories that are closely linked, the first four issues being Spider-man vs. the Sin-eater, and the final three being a story a year or two afterwards that is closely linked.
Jean DeWolff is a pretty minor character in the first story, and though it is implied that she played an important role in Spidey's life in the years leading up to the story, it's not important to know who she is. It plays kind of like a mystery story, with the villain's true identity and motives only gradually revealed. It's a modestly clever plot, but what makes the comic is the inner life of both Spider-man and Daredevil, who plays a very large role in the story. They both must face failure and tragedy, but draw different conclusions about justice, vengeance, and revenge. Peter David is known for examining the psychology and motivations of the superheroes he writes about, and he does it well here while keeping up a fast-moving crime story.
In the second story, Spider-man must face the consequences of his actions in the first, and make a judgement of how much good his beating up bad guys really do. He has to juggle the Sin-Eater, who may or may not be trying to overcome his criminal past, with Electro, who is openly trying to take the next step in supervillainy. Another really well-done and focused story.
This is classic mid-1980's comic book art. It has pretty regimented panels and straightforward style and coloring, but it's done well.Read more ›
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This book was made poorly. I was looking forward to reading it, but will be unable due to the condition on the product.Published 13 months ago by Flippa
This is an excellent read. Basically, Jean gets killed and Spider-Man and Daredevil have to figure out who Sin-Eater is, and he's a villain with good intentions, killing anyone who... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Kevin Roman
These seven issues are darker than most comics, with a touch of social commentary. There is not a bad issue here as they all tie to the Sin Eater. Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by John DeFoor
I'd heard a lot about this story, and was glad to pick it up for a cheap price. It's an interesting and emotional story, especially for a mid 80's comic, and a good story for any... Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by Eddie Bringer