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Spiderman Noir (Marvel Noir)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  1,020 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Contiene Spider-Man Noir 1-4 USA.
Un gran poder conlleva una gran responsabilidad. Pero cuando aquellos que tienen ese poder abusan de él, el pueblo tiene la responsabilidad de derribarlos. El año es 1933. Nueva York está gobernada por políticos corruptos, policías que no hacen nada por proteger a los inocentes y hombres de negocios sin escrúpulos. Es entonces cuando una ar...more
Paperback, Colección 100% Marvel, 104 pages
Published December 18th 2009 by Panini Comics (Marvel) (first published 2009)
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It’s 1932 and corruption rules the streets of New York City. From the mayor to the police force, everyone’s got their hands deep in the pockets of organized crime. Following the murder of popular socialist Ben Parker, his widow May takes up where he finished off – criticizing those in power and urging the downtrodden to rise against their oppressors. Their adopted nephew Peter, enraged over his Uncle Ben’s murder, looks to photographer Ben Ulrich as a mentor, someone who can potentially bring ab...more
I've been a Spider-Man fan for most of my life. There's just something about that smart-mouthed Peter Parker and the villains he faces. Spider-man Noir is a familiar story of how Peter Parker becomes Spider-Man, but set in the backdrop of 1933 in struggling America. The Goblin runs the city, holding in his hand corrupt officials and policemen. Parker gets a job at the Daily Bugle to pay for college, and while he's working, he comes across evidence that can put the Goblin away. But, of course, th...more
This was a really enjoyable read, but a handful of things kept it from being a 4 or 5 for me.

First, I should say that the story was handled well, and the Spiderman universe was adeptly transferred to Depression-Era America. Norman "The Goblin" Osborn was a mob leader, and several other classic villains were geeks from circus sideshows that became his thugs--and the Vulture is suddenly creepy, which is interesting. HOWEVER, all this focus on, you know, good story telling, meant that there wasn't...more
Sam Quixote
It's the winter of 1932 and millions across America are without employment and starving in shanty towns in the cities. May and Peter Parker are socialists, trying to energise the people into a revolution until they come across Norman "The Goblin" Osborn's thugs who stomp on Peter. Ben Urich, photographer for the Daily Bugle takes pity on Peter and shows him how the city operates behind the scenes. That's when Peter decides to take things into his own hands and goes down to the docks one night to...more
Matt Anderson
Collects Spider-Man Noir issues #1-4

I really enjoyed this parallel universe version of Spider-Man. There were some interesting twists and surprises that I wasn't expecting along the way.

Because this story doesn't take place in the traditionally Earth-616 universe, the writer is able to re-imagine many well-known characters in creative ways.

The setting for this alternate universe story is 1933, during the Great Depression and the times of Prohibition.

Here are some of the Spider-characters cast i...more
I wasn't that interested in reading this despite my Spider-Man love but it turned up at the library so I gave it a whirl.

It's not a bad alternate take on Spider-Man - they make good use of a depression-era setting, the villains get re-imagined in an interesting manner which works very well and the darkness if impressive - Pete's world is rarely allowed to be this dark. Problem is, it's doesn't feel like Pete - angry, brooding, violent and not adverse to killing? You can change many things but i...more
Transports the familiar Spider-Man mythos to Depression-era America. It can be very, very dark (Uncle Ben's fate being the prime example. Peter and Aunt May have become passionate social crusaders, which is nice to see. An interesting take, but nothing terribly exciting.
Eli Poteet
The coolest part was how cynically the marvel universe warped into classic Americana noir crime drama (mobsters, dirty money and thug cops galore). I wish the dialogue had been deeper and more complex, I felt like there was something missing, ESPECIALLY on the last page. I didn't feel the love between characters, family or lovers or adversaries. I wanted to know more about the villains freak-show past. I also would've appreciated a bigger emphasis on the war goggles Parker dawns because of their...more
Xavier Guillaume
May 13, 2012 Xavier Guillaume rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Spider-Man fans, Comic book fans that appreciate Film Noir
Shelves: graphic-novel
I plowed through this book in an hour. I seriously liked it that much. I've been wanting to read Spider-Man Noir for awhile now, ever since playing Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions for the PS3.

This takes place in an alternate universe in 1933, where Peter Parker and Aunt May are socialist activists trying to take a stand and make change. Perhaps too many waves were made because Ben Parker is killed by The Goblin, which utterly changes Peter to be extremely jaded, spiteful, and brooding. Ben Uric...more
Dean Anderson
I love Spidey, but this book did a disservice to noir and history. Setting the book in 1933 puts it in the time of hard-boiled detectives like Hammett, but not in the time of noir - films made in the 1940's & 50's. Rather than the murky blacks, whites and grays of noir, the book is full of murky brown. The book starts in 1933, when everyone knew FDR was on the way in and prohibition was on the way out, but scene in the speakeasy gives no sense that it is an institution on the way out. The mo...more
Thurston Hunger
Are superhero reboots a modern way of understanding the harmony of the gospels? Well, no but a fun thought to me at least. Read this with my 10-year old boys, some of the gore (and drug addiction) gave me a little pause for them (this age is tricky, as they can read about anything, but context on somethings feels tricky).

Back to the story, we all felt it was well-done, the notion that honor being somewhat nascent in a young ideological Pete becomes endangered by his costumed escapades and expand...more
Shazza Maddog
I suppose it was inevitable that Marvel might hop on the Noir storyline idea. However, this is a bit different than the normal Spider-Man idea. Peter is the assistant for a photographer, Ben Urich. Peter's Uncle Ben was killed by wild dogs, and his Aunt May is a revolutionary, speaking out against corruption in the city. Urich knows enough about the underbelly of the city to know that J J Jameson, of The Bugle, is on the payroll of one Norman Osborn, secretly known as 'The Goblin', the undispute...more
If you're a purist, you should probably walk away from this Spidey retelling immediately. Maybe you should even flee screaming, because otherwise, you may finish with the desire to form a torch mob and march on the publisher.

BUT! If you like reimaginings of familiar tales and characters, go grab a copy right now. While it doesn't go too in-depth, Spider-man Noir is a great concept that turns the traditional Spidey on his ear. Most of the familiar faces are here, albeit with very different though...more
Rorshach Sridhar
Spider-Man: Noir does an amazing job at adapting Spider-Man into the noir setting. Turning Aunt May and Uncle Ben into socialist activists, Norman Osborn into a gang leader, and all the other rogues gallery members into circus freaks were nice transitions.

What this graphic novel fails at, however, is the characterization of Spider-Man himself. I emphasize Spider-Man, because Peter is done justice; he's a kid wanting to follow in his relatives' footsteps by making a difference in the world. Spide...more
The mob runs everything and they all get a little cut. Not a lot of explanation for Peter getting his powers but it's just about someone doing something about all of the corruption. Which fits way more in the noir theme.
M Pereira
Alternative story to Spiderman, set in a Depression era history. Very dark, and captures the social dimensions of the depression era such as the way that poverty breeds criminality and corruption. This version of Peter Parker is very likeable and his idealism as well as Ben Ulrich's character reflects on a very interesting kind of contrast. Spiderman's character has this dark aspect that represents the ideal of the good in a world of corruption, I say it is dark because it gives a brutal sense o...more
Nuno Pias
It's like the same old Peter Parker but with a bit more anger and frustration. . .wich could only be justified by those times of corruption and social abuse!
luis reséndiz
nadie hace los elseworlds como dc, eso se sabe, y spider-man noir es una clara confirmación de eso. sus portadas son padres, cómo no --y recuerdan muchísimo a the spider, no casualmente--, pero hay poco más de eso. por el contrario, la historia no es tanto una adaptación al noir sólo una literal recontextualización: los malos siguen teniendo poderes, tibiamente explicados como fenómenos de circo, y ya. el diseño del traje de spidey es padrísimo --es justamente el objeto del lucimiento de las por...more
Mar 25, 2012 Paul added it
Spider-Man Noir explores an alternate history/universe for one of Marvel's greatest. With all the grit and steel of a noir pulp, Spidey encounters the usual rogues gallery with new origins amidst clever hints and nods to fans of the series. Unfortunately, Spider-Man Noir feels more like fan service, delighting readers with, "Hey, remember The Vulture? Well check out this guy..." more than a graphic novel that can stand on its own. In attempting to fit so many interesting ideas into one volume, t...more
The best one among the noir series of those I've read. Wonderful in this new time & setting.
I loved this book and I think you will like it to!
"An outstanding story for a graphic novel. I give this book a six out of six stars! This era in a comic book is where heroes are really needed, great concept by Marvel. Hine and Sapolsky did great story telling, weaving the origin of a Depression era inspired Peter Parker/Spider-man determined to fight injustice and oppression. I find this one a must have for those who want change in their usual graphic novel reading. Keep up the dark and gritty feel to the story and art, until the next book."
Ryan Mishap
This was excellent, transporting familiar heroes and villains to the 1930's and giving Spidey a killer makeover. Aunt May is no wilting flower in constant need of being saved, she's a socialist organizer and young Peter is right there with her. How Peter gets his super-power is still hokey, but it is nice to read a darker tale for Spiderman and see radical organizers presented as credible people instead of the gross caricatures so prevalent in comic books. Recommended.
This is a great interpretation of the Spider-Man story. Set in 1933, familiar characters in the Spider-Man story are transported into this darker and less hopeful world. This tone of the world is reflected in the art-still beautifully done, but with muted darker tones (this is not the work for bright, bold superhero colours). This is easy to read, but the story still packs a punch, with those familiar with the Spider-Man story able to get the most out of the story.
Martyn Perry
A fun amalgamation of 20s period New York gangsters and classic Spider-Man origin story. I don't read that many comics at all so it's good to catch a brief 4 book story once in a while (the cheap sales on x comics iPhone app helps!) these 4 comics portray a unique origin story set against the backdrop of the depression and provides enough nice art, unique character variations and good writing to sustain interest till the end.
what would these characters be like if they existed in the 20s and 30s? thats what this series is about. i think the premise behind these is pretty neat. i had some problems with how they portrayed spidey and peter - i wont spoil it, but for spidey fans you'll see what i mean when you read it. they have a noir series for a few of the other popular marvel characters as well - i recommend checking these out.
Caleb Abel
This was a much more unique transition than Daredevil Noir because Spider-Man is naturally so far removed from anything even similar to this typoe of world. In that regard, it was very well done. The story was a little lacking and I'm hoping the second Spider-Man Noir will be better when I eventually get to it, but in the meantime this was perfectly enjoyable. Quick and easy read.
I don't really think of "Spider-Man" and "Noir" being concepts that go together, but the combination of story and art in this book pull it off pretty well. Spidey's rogues are genuinely scary as they're presented here, and the mystery is interesting and tightly plotted. The '30s historical setting feels a bit pasted on, but that's a small complaint and I enjoyed the book.
In a world where the Great Depression and Herbert Hoover have made American life tough, the Spider-Man mythos finds new seed. Angry Peter Parker gains his abilities from a totemic shipment run by Norman "Goblin" Osborn's gang of circus freaks and geeks, and set's out to end the corruption of those in power. A different take on the classic tale, yet good.
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