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The Best of Spider-Man: Volume 2

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
The year's best Spider-Man stories, collected for the first time in one amazing volume.

What makes a great Spider-Man story? Start with a top-flight writer such as J. Michael Straczynski or Paul Jenkins, and then add the superb illustrations of a master artist such as John Romita Jr. or Humberto Ramos. Many Spider-Man comic books offer that much - but to be the best, the st
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 23rd 2008 by Marvel Comics Group
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Aug 08, 2010 Aaron rated it liked it
2002 must not've been a great year for Spider-Man, if this is "The Best" they had to offer. Whereas the first Best Of volume had a several fun one-off stories mixed in with a pretty solid start to J. Michael Straczynski's massive run on the character, this second outing was pretty lackluster overall.

JMS's storyline picks up right where the last one left off, with (view spoiler). This is the problem with comics focusing larg
Jun 09, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it
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I'm a big fan of Marvel comics compared to DC comics. The only DC comics I really like reading are good Batman and Superman stories. Yes I do also find the rest of the Justice League entertaining but only Batman and Superman really grab me. In the Marvel universe so many heroes grab me from Captain America, Hulk Wolverine and Iron Man to The Fantastic Four and the X-Men. I also love the villains from the Marvel universe more even though Batman and Superman have some truly twisted and evil psycho ...more
Jul 29, 2012 Patrick rated it it was amazing
I loved spider man as a kid. I had the Spider-man board game. He was my favorite part of the Electric Company.

According to my mom, I even had a pair of Spider-man underoos and used to walk around the house like Spider-man: half crouching, slow steps, arms outstretched.

True story.
Feb 02, 2016 B rated it liked it
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Straczynski is pretty clever here, but a bunch of these stories feel like sideshows for some reason.

The Paul Jenkins story, apparently published elsewhere as "Return of the Goblin," is a very, very poor man's "The Killing Joke."
Spider Man: Return Of The Goblin Spider Man Return Of The Goblin by Paul Jenkins
Batman The Killing Joke by Alan MooreBatman: The Killing Joke

It doesn't really make sense.

There's something weird about the art in all of these books. It's too jangly and off-kilter. It looks like wanted to make it feel like alternative book, but the result is that everythi
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Joseph Michael Straczynski (born July 17, 1954), known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or JMS, is an American writer and television producer. He works in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas. He is a playwright, a former journalist, and author of The Complete Book of Scriptwriting. He was the creator and showrunne ...more
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