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Spider-Man: Spider-Island [Hardcover]

Dan Slott , Rick Remender , Stefano Caselli , Humberto Ramos , Tom Fowler
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Jan. 25 2012 Spider-Man (Marvel)
Start Webbing The News! New York City becomes Infested--and eight million people are plagued! Normal people are getting Spider-Powers! But not all of them realize that with great power must also come...you know the rest. Okay, sure we often say Peter Parker's life will never be the same. But listen, pal, we've never been more serious. This will change everything for Pete, for Spidey...and possibly for YOU! Look at it this way...if EVERYONE'S a Spider-Man...then no one is. As the brilliantly fearsome Jackal rises from the past and begins organizing an army of spider-powered soldiers, how can the heroes of NYC hope to contain millons of wall-crawling New Yorkers? Plus: A dangerous new role for Venom. And, nearly 50 years in the making, the story which MUST BE READ: J. Jonah Jameson: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAYOR!

COLLECTING:

Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #666-673, VENOM (2011) #6-8, SPIDER-ISLAND: DEADLY FOES, material from SPIDER-ISLAND,SPOTLIGHT and the INFESTED prologues from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #659-660 and #662-665.

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Dan Slott is an American comic book writer best known for The Amazing Spider-Man, Mighty Avengers, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell and She-Hulk. He is the current writer of the twice monthly The Amazing Spider-Man. Dan lives in New York City.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who wants to be Spider-Man...everybody, good Feb. 21 2012
By Scott Flower TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Giving everyone in New York spider powers to me seemed like a lame idea, WRONG. Dan Slott was born to write Spider-Man. I have never read any of his work before but WOW I cannot imagine anyone else writing modern Spider-Man this well. The story deals with what would you do if you could become Spider-Man for a day or two but it's not just you it's everybody. People loot, people fight them off, and others just want to have fun. This includes Spidey's friends, villains, and even the hater of all haters himself gets spider powers too that's right J Jonah Jameson becomes a wall crawler. Humberto Ramos' art is the perfect fit for Spidey. Since Spider-Man is not a dark depressing super hero like Batman or Daredevil this allows Humberto's bright coloured and slightly cartoony art style to match perfectly with Spider-Man's light hearted attitude and silly jokes. One extra thing that made me love this book even more was that it had the next set of issues to the new Venom series I was already reading. Venom by Rick Remender - Volume 1 I highly recommend reading this as well, it's not required but it's to good of a story to pass up. Just do yourself a favor and click the Buy now button.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, descriptions a little off on here though June 8 2012
By JZ1369 - Published on Amazon.com
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All in all great book, my wife and i been lovin the new flash thompson venom series, and i love that it includes anti-venom.

Only negative i have isnt for the product but for Amazons description, it says it collects Venom #6-8, when it in fact includes Venom #9 as well.

Due to this descriptive error i bought Venom #9 separately to continue the series into the Circle of Four book, not a huge loss, but i figure its worth posting something on here so someone else doesnt make the same mistake, even the marvel site says 6-8
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To the venom collectors: this includes venom #9 July 16 2012
By min9oh - Published on Amazon.com
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Just like the title says, this graphic novel does include venom #9. Amazon states only 5-8 but this is a big misunderstanding. Spider-Island closes with venom 9 at the end. Although it has nothing to do with the main story, the setting takes place in aftermath of spider-island.

By going off on amazon's description saying it only contained venom 5-8, I went out and bought venom #9 issue before this book arrived which was a money waster. So again, to those that want to collect the venom by remender. the collection goes like this:

Venom vol 1 (1-5)
Spider-island (6-9)
Venom: circle of four (10-14)
Venom: the savage six (not yet released as of 7/16/2012) (15-22)

Saying that, I will now go into the review of spider-island.

This story arc of ASM was quite an interesting read. I would have to say one thing before I go any deeper though... Dont be fooled by the art cover (you will just have to read the novel to get what im talking about).

This is how the story starts... a mysterious woman helps the jackal to spread the spider gene throughout new york by using bed bugs. people with spider powers start to over run the new york city hence the name spider-island.

The art is great in this collection, especially Ramos. For some reason, I love his work considering that I love detailed drawings. His art just matches spider-man in its essence. Ramos delivers.

the cross of venom storyline to this seems awkward at first, but everything fits together perfectly and venom serves his purpose in this novel.

This is a must buy for spiderman and/or venom enthusiasts! you will not be disappointed in any shape or form. especially with discount from amazon, it is basically a steal.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2011's REAL "Event" Comic! April 4 2012
By James Donnelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Each year, the Big 2 Publishers release their major "event" comic that is supposed to change the lives of everyone in their respective universes. In 2011, we had Flashpoint from DC and Fear Itself from Marvel. Both books fell far short of what their intentions were.

Strangely enough, there always tends to be one major hero from both worlds that also gets their own mini-event comic. It tends to also include many of the characters from their universe and it usually tends to be better since it scales the size of the event down and makes it easier to invest in the characters, easier to understand the stakes, and it actually does make the changes that affect the future of the characters involved.

When Dan Slott took the reins of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN back in 2008, it gave us the best writer that Spidey has ever had. And Slott has confined his time to only writing ASM, so all of his focus is on the mythology of this one main character, unlike other writers out there who find themselves overextended by writing several books at once and some of those characters end up falling flat. Even more so, with story arcs like "Brand New Day", "Big Time", "Revenge of The Spider-Slayers" and "No One Dies", he's proven that he can write the character of Peter Parker/Spider-Man with the wit, emotion and the gravitas he's too long been denied with other writers and creative teams (with the exception of Brian Michael Bendis, but that's been in the Ultimate Universe).

It was a slow build to the events of "Spider Island", but it was well worth the wait. Dr. Miles Warren aka The Jackal, longtime foe of Spidey, and the madman that created his clones that started all of the "Clone Wars" of the 90's, has returned with a deadly new plan: via the use of bedbugs as carriers, he plans to give a virus to all the inhabitants of Manhattan Island that will give all of them the same abilities as Spider-Man! The wisdom of this plan being that anarchy will prevail and the real Spider-Man won't be able to stand up! Of course, with someone as diabolical as The Jackal and his secret partner, this is just a fringe benefit. Entering into the fray against the newly spider-powered criminals are The Avengers, runaway heroes Cloak and Dagger, The FF (or Future Foundation), Shang-Chi, his co-workers at Horizon Labs, Anti-Venom. the enigmatic Madame Web (who cryptically informs our hero that despite his "No One Dies" policy, he will have to kill someone to stop the threat), and a whole new government-controlled Venom!

The whole series is great entertainment that allows for as much fun to be had with the concept as much as it does moments of real danger and drama. With artist Humberto Ramos doing a lot of the heavy lifting here, it's a treat to see his art as always. The stand-out star here, though, is Slott, whose pacing, dialogue and plotting are pitch-perfect for a widely expansive Spidey tale. Now, even if it weren't as good as it is, it would be worth it for the climax of the tale. That issue is a work of genius, and there's a moment in it that almost brings tears to my eyes. It's fantastic work.

The only thing that I wish this collection also included is the SPIDER-ISLAND: CLOAK AND DAGGER mini-series that crossed over with this. It's been quite a while since seeing the two of them, and the incredible work they did in that series with writer Nick Spencer and artist Emma Rios is a must-own. It is available in collected form here: Spider-Man: Spider Island Companion but some of the other stories, such as THE AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL are a little rote.

This is another great arc from Slott and Co., and when this was over, life for Peter Parker had changed pretty drastically, and there may be no going back! This is what a great event comic is made of.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Spiderman Blockbuster! Jan. 12 2012
By Sebastian - Published on Amazon.com
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The spiderman blockbuster you have been waiting for. Started to lose some faith in Marvel after Fear Itself but leave it to its best character to restore that faith. Dan Slott was indeed born to write spiderman's adventures. Its good to see spidey getting his life together. Its filled with amazing artwork, tons of action, funny banter, and good storylines. No plot spoilers here but do yourself a favor and pick this up. The venom storylines were lowkey amazing and I will definitely be checking out his new series.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Spider-Man Story in Ages!!! Feb. 14 2012
By Dax S. Torres - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the story that Dan Slott's run was building to since he took over Amazing Spider-Man as the sole writer. Dan has managed to make Peter the kind of character that we love while still putting him through an emotional ringer. The Jackal, one of Peter's most fearsome villains has returned with a new, and even more incidious plot. Bestowing spider-powers upon the helpless citizens of New York, everyone at first loves their new powers, until phase two begins.

Peter meanwhile must learn to live life as just one of a million Spider-people. However when the true mastermind behind the Jackal shows themselves, the true horror begins.

I can not stress how cool this story is. We have all manner of spider-characters (both famous and infamous). Peter has another life changing event occur (for the better imho) and wait till you see who swings in to save the day!

I highly recommend this oversized hard cover.
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