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Spider-Man: The Death of Jean DeWolff Paperback – March 19, 2013

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Peter David is a prolific "New York Times "bestselling author whose career, and continued popularity, spans more than two decades. He has worked in every conceivable media television, film, books (fiction, nonfiction, and audio), short stories, and comic books and acquired loyal followings in all of them. In the literary field, he has had more than a hundred novels published. He lives in New York with his wife and four children.
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  • Series: Spider-Man
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785167145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785167143
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A classic Spider-Man story (ruined by the idiotic One More Day storyline) that shows the dark side of Peter Parker and the true start of his decades long friendship with the Man Without Fear, Daredevil! This tpb also includes the great follow up story about the Sin-Eater.
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Peter David has been a mainstay of Marvel (and, in the mid-1990s, DC) Comics since the early 1980s, bringing a mix of intelligent humour and serious drama that few writers can equal (he's especially adept at shifting tones from comedic to dramatic and back without seeming forced). His breakthrough moment came in October of 1985, when he got a shot at writing "The Spectacular Spider-Man" for four issues (#107-110). This hardcover collection, the first time the story has been collected in nearly 21 years, is long overdue, and includes for the first time both the original story and its three-issue followup written some time later (issues #134-136 of the same series), also by David, with art by Rich Buckler and Sal Buscema. This is one of the essential Spider-Man stories, and could be considered David's best work, though there is plenty of competition for that honour. Spoilers follow.

"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.
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Produced in the 80's around the time of watchmen and the dark knight returns, the Death Of Jean Dewolff was something completely different for spider-man. The death mentioned in the title, referring to spider-man's ally police captain Jean Dewolff is murdered in her home. Not a heroic death, in fact a subversion of what people might expect. The story then takes several twists and turns and explores such things as moral relativism vs. moral absolutism and the failures of the justice system. While not a full deconstruction of spider-man and superhero comics, it does come close, particularly in the second story in which we see the reality of what would happen if someone with spider-man's strength were to unload their anger on someone. This was Peter David's first professional comic work but you can be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Everything is so well thought out and well written that one may think he wrote this well into his career.
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The DoJDW is a masterpiece. A McD's type double arc that is outstanding. You got an aggressive Spidey, Sin-Eater (who's only power is being too easy of a fight for Spidey), and then throw in Electro for some sizzle and pop.

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.
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This is another in a line of classic Marvel stories reprinted in trade paperback.

Story:
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.

Art:
This is classic mid-1980's comic book art. It has pretty regimented panels and straightforward style and coloring, but it's done well.
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