Amazing Spider-Man Volume 1: Coming Home TPB Paperback – Dec 17 2001
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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.
"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.Read more ›
Straczynski seems to be trying to shake up the status quo a bit here, with questions about the nature of Spider-Man's powers. Unfortunately a lot of the supposedly dramatic revelations feel like things that we've seen before in superhero comics. It's all solidly crafted, but it's not revolutionary, so the plot doesn't have a lot of edge-of-your-seat suspense. (The epilogue, on the other hand, is a bit of a cliffhanger separate from this book's plot.)
The book is a worthwhile read nonetheless, because Straczynski does a solid job with the characterization and, for the most part, the dialogue. Peter's inner monologue and interactions with villains, allies and bystanders are all entertaining. There's a good balance between light moments and action-adventure. Straczynski seems to be enjoying himself here, and that carries through to the reader.
The art by John Romita, Jr. and Scott Hanna with colors by Dan Kemp and Avalon Studios is solid on both the character moments and the action sequences. Romita is a fine storyteller whose pencils have a distinct style well-suited for an urban hero and his exploits, and the rest of the team complements him perfectly.
First, the good things. I did enjoy some scenes (Peter talking to the spider, the destruction of the abandoned building, etc.). Aunt May's characterization is definitely improving under JMS. The first Morlun/Spidey fight scene is a wonder. And JRJR's art is simply excellent (loved the shiny effects they had on the art, too).
However, for the most part, I didn't feel I enjoyed this story as much as I should have. One problem was the continuity errors. Gwen Stacy and Harry Osborn didn't go to Peter's high school, for instance. And what was with that line where Spidey said "I've never fought with someone who had the same powers as mine." What about the Spider-Women? Or Venom? Or BEN REILLY? All of them had similar powers. Why did they get ignored?
Also, I didn't really like the school shooting scene. While I don't mind Spider-Man tackling an issue like this, I didn't find it very realistic. A kid sends a spray of bullets at a large crowd of kids and NONE OF THEM get hurt? I didn't buy that.
Nor did I buy into Morlun's menace. I felt that he was hyped far too much within the story. "The first villian to ever tick [Spider-Man] off?" I think when the Green Goblin killed Gwen Stacy, Spider-Man was a BIT ticked off. "Nobody's ever hit me harder than that." That may be so, but for such a big threat, he went down pretty damn easily.
Speaking of the end, I didn't really like it either. I felt the humorous lines in the end were just way too out of place. The whole "radiation" thing was also pretty tasteless. (I will concede I liked the last page, though, and am looking forward to the new storyline.)
Oh, one last thing. I HATED Ezekiel.
So, all in all, the story was enjoyable, but I felt it misfired on quite a few things. Maybe I'm a cynical fangirl, but I would have liked a bit more.
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"Amazing spiderman: Coming home" is the work of writer/artist J.M. Staczynski & John Romita Jr.. It comprises issue #30-35 from Amazing Spiderman. Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2003
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. Read morePublished on May 22 2003
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.
With the writing by J. Michael Stracynski, and the artwork of John Romita, Jr. and others, Spider-Man has taken on a new dimension. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2003