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Essential Web of Spider-Man, Vol. 1 (Essential Web of Spider-Man #1)

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It's an all-new series starring your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! Swinging through town in his sleek black suit, Spidey faces new threats - including Magma, the Vulturions, Chance, Future Max and the Smithville Thunderbolt - as well as classic foes like the Kingpin, Dr. Octopus and the Vulture! Guest-starring Dominic Fortune and the New Mutants! Collecting WEB OF ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published September 14th 2011 by Marvel
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Just as it's odd to see movies I originally saw in theaters cropping up on AMC and Turner Classic Movies, it's equally strange to find large collected editions of comic books I read and collected as a kid turning up on the shelves of my library or book store.

Case in point--"Web of Spider-Man," a comic that I not only purchased issue number one many, many moons ago but one I had to scour the shelves of my local store to find.

The issue is a pretty pivotal one in recent Spidey-lore, featuring the
Jason Luna
Jun 30, 2015 Jason Luna rated it really liked it
"Web of Spider-Man" is the third magazine to publish solo spidey adventures, after the original "Amazing Spider-Man" and the not as original "Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man". "Spectacular" isn't as good as "Amazing", and "Web of" follows that general decline.

It's not to say that Web of Spider-Man is bad, Louise Simonson and company know that Spider-Man can never be completely terrible. The humanizing concerns of Spider-Man are always there, having to take care of Aunt May, what of his
Apr 29, 2016 Fizzgig76 rated it really liked it
Reprints Web of Spider-Man (1) #1-18, Annual #1-2 and Amazing Spider-Man (1) #268 (April 1985-September 1986). Peter Parker finds his alien costume is alive and slowly killing him…and that are just the start of his problems. Peter deals with money woes, being the target of a gang, and goes missing after being caught in an explosion…and it is all in a day’s work for the Web-Slinger. Being Spider-Man is hard, and Peter is up to the challenge!

Essential Web of Spider-Man is written by various writer
Franklin Arbour
Jun 23, 2015 Franklin Arbour rated it liked it
The essential third string of 80s Spider-Man titles is an abstract of why Spider-Man mattered to me as a kid. Nostalgia aside, there's plenty of brawling, collateral damage, and angsting going on here.

Unfortunately, Web's third string status means a lot of the meaningful character conflicts that drive our guy, Spidey, are resolved in other books. It's not jarring, but it is kind of annoying when something big happens in one issue only to be completely ignored in the next because it was resolved
Dec 14, 2011 Professor rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Spider-Man Junkies Only
Recommended to Professor by: Brother Grimm
Shelves: personal-library
I was given a copy by my brother, who didn't enjoy it enough to keep it. Reading it it's easy to see why; this is vintage mid-1980s decay of a classic comic characters as they struggled to update themselves for the times while holding onto 25 years of built up continuity at the same time that the comics world was changing. The result isn't terribly pleasing to fans of Bronze or Iron Age comics, because it doesn't fully fit into either category. It's like a 30-something uncle trying to hang out ...more
Randy Lander
Jan 10, 2012 Randy Lander rated it really liked it
I read a few of these issues as they were coming out (is that the mark of getting old, that they're making Essentials out of comics you bought when you were a kid) and I remembered liking them, but I wasn't sure how reality would hold up to memory.

As it turns out? Pretty well. The issues are uneven, owing to changes in writing and art throughout, but there's some great stuff here, early writing by Peter David, inks by Kyle Baker that does interesting stuff to pencillers Mike Harris and Marc Silv
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Oct 28, 2014 Zack! Empire rated it liked it
this collection was better than i thought it would be. i picked it up mostly because i was curious what kind of stories they were doing in the 80's, but i wasn't expecting much. A nice little surprise of a book.
May 20, 2015 Angela rated it liked it
This is quite a lot of stories. Peter Parker becomes a hero in his own right. He sees the wrong side of journalism. Oh, and fights a few bad guys. It's also known for having the first hint at Venom. It was an engaging read, and Peter wasnt quite as woe is me as he is in other stories. A good read.
Oct 24, 2011 Jeremy rated it really liked it
It's all internal monologues and 80s hokum with a liberal sprinkling of the J. Jonah Jameson, Aunt May and the usual gang. Lots of different artists and writers, including the wonderful Ann Nocenti.
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80s-tastic! The Smithville Thunderbolt is a super-fable to remember.
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Louise Simonson (formerly Louise Jones, when married to artist Jeff Jones) is an American comic book writer and editor. She is best known for her work on comic book titles such as Power Pack, X-Factor, New Mutants, Superman, and Steel. She is sometimes referred to by the nickname "Weezie".
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