The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man

Vol.1, Coming Home

Book - 2002
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Peter Parker gets back into the swing of his life and embarks on a new career, but a sudden encounter with an enigmatic stranger forever changes the way he looks at himself.
Publisher: New York : Marvel Comics, c2002.
ISBN: 9780785108061
0785108068
9780785111450
078511145X
Branch Call Number: STRAC
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill.
Additional Contributors: Romita, John Jr.
Hanna, Scott
Alternative Title: Coming home

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DavidB
Apr 28, 2009

This volume marks the beginning of J. M.S.' infamous run on Spider-Man. Some people loved it, others hate it. The ideas J.M.S. injected into Spider-man lore where pretty controversial (to comic book fans, not public morals). The years and storylines that JMS contributed to the character have all been erased form continuity but they can be viewed here for others to read and judge for themselves.

Whether or not you like the idea of Peter Parker's Spider-Powers having a mystical element to them you can still appreciate the intensity of this storyline. An unstoppable monster is bent of killing and consuming the Arachnid-Avenger. He's not just fighting for survival but his beliefs. In the end it's not his spider-strength that saves him and it's not even just his smarts; it's his heart determination and conviction. True to JMS fashion, that truth won't be revealed for dozens and dozens of issues to come (not until the trade paperback volume entitled, the book of Ezekiel).

This is a great read and Straczynski is one of my favourite comic writers.

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DavidB
Apr 28, 2009

This is the Five Million Dollar question. I'm about to yank your chain like nobody else has before, and nobody ever will again. So listen carefully. Did the radiation enable the spider to give you those powers? Or was the spider trying to give you those powers before the radiation killed it? Which came first? The radiation? Or the Power? The chicken or the egg or the power?

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