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Amazing Spider-Man Volume 1: Coming Home TPB [Paperback]

J. Michael Straczynski
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Dec 17 2001 Amazing Spider-Man (Book 1)
J. Michael Straczynski is a man who has made his mark in many ways whether in the world of science fiction and television with the hit Babylon 5 or in the comic book industry with such books as Rising Stars and Midnight Nation. Now his unique vision comes to the world of Marvel and the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! Joining Straczynski is a man of equal legend -- John Romita Jr. Regarded by many as the definitive Spider-Man artist of the last decade, Romita's unique pace and superb storytelling perfectly complement Straczynski's vision.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Spider-Man! Jan. 14 2009
By Nicola Manning-Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Spider-Man has just moved back to his home town and is drawn to his old high school. There he remembers what it felt like to be picked on and teased all the time but while there he realizes that bullying is on a completely different level than when he was a kid. The school is virtually unsafe. When the science teacher quits Peter Parker takes over the job. One night while laying about on the side of a building he meets a man who has the same powers as he does and he meets Ezekiel for the first time. Ezekiel has come to warn him of the enemy who is coming for him, a vampire like creature who sucks the life energy from superheroes to keep alive.

The beginning chapter inserts bits here and there to briefly bring the reader up to par on how Peter became Spider-man enabling a newcomer or someone who hasn't read the comics for a long time to dig right in with this book. I love the bold reds, blues and purples that pop out at you on every page and the illustrations are intricate making one look deeply into the pictures. The story is typical Spider-man, comedy alongside superhero fighting with an added dash of morality. A gripping story with a cliff-hanger ending which will send me off to find Volume 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars is it really worth 5 stars? May 22 2003
By A Customer
A graphic novel isnt usually a piece of work which deserves the rating of 5 stars, however this graphic novel captures one of Spideyz greatest battles. Considering its exact story, it is a very weak graphic novel. The graphic novel does not revolve around a story but around a enemy. But, the novel is still a great book. If ur asking urself if u should buy it, i suggest it.
Because i live in Brasil, i had to order this novel from the internet. But when it arrived i loved it, it was exactly what i expected it would be, maybe even more. When i had to order it i wasnt completly sure but after i read most of the VERY LONG (and boring) reviews(nothin against the people who wrote it), i decided to make a shorter one. So the basic idea is that the author created a amazing story which, to me, helped inforce the "amazing" of the amazing spider-man.
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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Here is the deal: J. Michael Straczynski took over as the writer of Volume 2 of "The Amazing Spider-Man" with issue #30 and has been effectively "re-inventing" the character (but in a decidedly different way than what you find being done by Brian Michael Bendis in "The Ultimate Spider-Man," which is more a "re-imaginging"). "Coming Home" reprints issues #30-35 of the title, in which Straczynski come up with a striking new interpretation of the Spider-Man mythos. Clearly, then, the point of this trade paperback volume is to help new readers get on board and if not totally up to speed, at least within shouting distance. Taken together with the follow-up volume, "Revelations," these two books can do the trick.
"Coming Home" suggests that there is great significance to the fact that Spider-Man has been fighting villains like Doctor Octopus, the Vulture, the Lizard, the Scorpion, the Rhino, ad infinitum, all these years. Peter Parker meets Ezekiel, one of those mysterious stranger types who brings havoc to a superheroes life, who suggest that Spider-Man's powers might not be quite as unique as he thought. In other words, the idea that a bite from a radioactive spider would give someone the powers of a spider is a bit far fetched and there is another explanation. To drive the point home Spider-Man has to tackle Morlun, a being who feeds on the power of humans with totemistic powers and apparently the only way to survive the encounter is to hide his powers from his new opponent.
Unlike what Alan Moore did with Swamp Thing, the twist on Spider-Man's origin that Straczynski has come up with does not threaten to unravel the entire Spider-Man mythos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The way Spidey is suppossed to be! March 20 2003
By A Customer
This is a great read! This is Spider-man the way I remember him.
Up against the odds with his sense of humor in tact.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good Feb. 2 2003
By A Customer
With the writing by J. Michael Stracynski, and the artwork of John Romita, Jr. and others, Spider-Man has taken on a new dimension. Highly recommended to anyone who loves Spider-Man, and even to those who aren't all that familiar with him.
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