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Spider-Man: The Death of Jean DeWolff (Spider-Man Marvel Comics)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  316 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
The explosive tale of "Marvel Comics'" crime-fighting superhero
It begins with an orphan named Peter Parker, raised by his beloved Aunt May and Uncle Ben in Queens, New York. A quiet student, he works diligently at his studies and pines for the beautiful Mary Jane Watson. But this ordinary teenage boy is about to have his life turned upside down, when he is bitt
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published July 27th 2011 by Marvel (first published 1991)
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Quentin Wallace
Nov 11, 2015 Quentin Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a much more gritty Spiderman story than usual, and I enjoyed it a lot. This is early Peter David, and while I suppose his trademark sense of humor developed later, this was still a good read. It was a little wordy as many books were in the 80s, but as his style progressed some of that went away.

Rather than a costumed hero, we had a maniac in a ski mask carrying a shotgun. (I do need to say this. Who came up with that color scheme for that villains outfit? Purple shirt, purple pants, gre
Aug 25, 2011 Andy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, spider-man
The Death of Jean DeWolff is one of the (justly) more famous Spider-Man stories, one I'm familiar with but never read until Marvel published their nice new hard-cover edition. Peter David (in his first major comic role) knocks it out the ballpark telling a dark, complex and important story.

The original 4-parter (PP: Spectacular Spider-Man 107-110) takes a different approach to most other Spidey stories at the time, as we start off with the unwitnessed brutal death of a long time multi-comic cha
Reprints Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #107-110 and Spectacular Spider-Man (1) #134-136 (October 1985-March 1988). A vigilante is stalking the streets of New York City. He calls himself the Sin-Eater and no one is safe from his own style of justice. Armed with a shotgun, his first victim is Spider-Man's sometime ally Detective Jean DeWolff. Now Spider-Man must hunt down the killer and he has help from Daredevil. Once Spider-Man realizes the Sin-Eater's identity, a battle to keep him behin ...more
Stephen Snyder
What a wonderful way to relive, what is in my opinion, both the best and the darkest Spider-Man story ever!

I originally read this story when it first came out in 1985, and its deeply felt impact has remained with me over these many years.

Peter Parker finds himself at war with himself as he is confronted with the question, "Are there definite boundaries between right and wrong, and if there aren't and you are forced to take action, how do you decide which action to take?" For many years, this qu
Shannon Appelcline
Death of Jean DeWolff (107-110). I was expecting this to be a good story for the '80s, but it turns out to be pretty phenomenal for any era. There's perhaps a bit more attention to superhero tropes here than if the story had been written in the modern day, but besides that it's pretty amazing. A lot of that is because David focuses on the real world: with criminals with much more genuine mental problems than the normal super-villains of comics … and real people paying the consequences. Killing o ...more
Chris Gordon
Mar 16, 2016 Chris Gordon rated it it was amazing
The Death of Jean DeWolff was excellent from beginning to end! This graphic novel ranks as high as Kraven's Last Hunt, it's that good. Definitely a refreshing read after the older 70s era Spider-Man comics (which I love, but can get pretty campy). Spider-Man is faced with so many different obstacles, from Jean's death to coming to terms with the result of his fight with the Sin Eater, that this becomes a must read for Spidey fans. You can feel the weight of the entire story fall on his shoulders ...more
Sep 27, 2014 Marko rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one story that has stuck to my mind from my teen years and I chose to relive the memory and re-read it now, several decades later. Jean DeWolff was a police officer who appeared in Spider-Man and who was usually quite aloof, but still friendly towards our webbed hero. In order to start Peter David's spin writing the comic with a bang, it was decided that she must go.

The shocking thing about the story is that it begins with Jean already dead. She's found murdered in her apartment and the
Dec 14, 2009 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is interesting to read the practical beginning of Peter David's career in comics. None of David's signature humor is in this story. I feel like David was attempting to imitate the stylings of Miller's Daredevil work (which from an occupational standpoint makes sense) in its moral gray, and seemingly pulled it off in that this book actually tore me up. In the rough craft of a green writer, David still channels his good sense of character and dramatic dilemma. And to draw out its full effect, m ...more
Oct 25, 2016 Monica&spikey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half of this collection was SO good--I loved the characterization of Spider-Man and Daredevil and their different ideological approach to dealing with the Sin-Eater.

The second half was less impressive to me. I've never been a fan of Mary-Jane (thanks mostly to Kirsten's Dunst's performance in the Sam Raimi trilogy, as this is one of my first forays into the comics) but I was somewhat pleasantly surprised to find that my dislike of Mary Jane in this collection had little to do with tha
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Antología básica de Peter David 4: La Muerte de Jean DeWolff
De los numerosos trabajos firmados por David en compañía del trepamuros, pocos hay probablemente tan emblemáticos como esta saga de explícito título en la que el guionista usaba a un secundario regular de las aventuras de Spider-Man para narrarnos una trágica historia en cuatro actos con la ola de asesinatos del Come-Pecados como motivo central. Un clási
Jul 27, 2015 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter David's first outing on The Spectacular Spider-Man was this story -- which he blames on his editor, Jim Owlsley (later to become known as Priest) -- and it's actually a damned good piece of work that throws you in at the deep end of a murder mystery, and gradually unravels into a mean streets thriller with a murderous vigilante at the heart of it. It does veer off the track slightly in a couple of places (as David trots out the Bernard Goetz expie, and then when we have Spider-Man becoming ...more
May 04, 2016 Garrett rated it it was amazing
When I was a kid, the Death of Jean DeWolff / Sin-Eater storyline shook me to my core. It hurt my feelings and gave me a little bit of comic book PTSD. It was so relentlessly dark and uncompromising and because the antagonist was simply a shotgun-wielding maniac on a rampage, it was super plausible. This volume has a back-up resolution that I had never read before, and because it was also by Peter David, it was totally worth it. Very well done, sympathetic and no holds barred. These are the good ...more
May 09, 2014 Shaun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was amazed to find out that Jean Dewolff dies on page four. The story truly is about the effects her death has on Spider-Man and the other characters. Peter is brutal, especially when he fights against Sin-Eater and Daredevil. I had to wonder if he was wearing the symbiote suit. I like that David pits Spidey's ideals against Daredevil's. Spidey is driven by emotion, thanks to his relationship with Jean, and Daredevil is much more objective. As a mystery I was fooled I did not think that Stan C ...more
Gavin Abdollahi
Meh. Interesting, but still kinda boring.
So, someone murders Jean DeWolff, who is apparently Spidey's version of Commisioner Gordon. After that, the same person murders Daredevil's favorite teacher.
This should have been called Spiderdevil (interesting idea...), cuz Matt features almost as much screen (page) time as Spidey.
I guess you could solve the mystery of who the killer is before Spiderdevil if you knew something about guns... If you don't, you won't be able to figure this out.
So, this wa
Camilo Guerra
Aug 08, 2014 Camilo Guerra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Me llamo la atención al verlo como uno de los mejores comics del arácnido, y la verdad no defraudo, por la gran labor de Peter David el cual es un gran escritor( no hay mejor Hulk que este) aunque el arte de Rich Buckler es bueno, sobrio y elegante, no es que me haya matado.

La hisstiria es sobre la muerte de un secundario del hombre araña , y como este se mete de lleno en la busqueda del culpable junto con un Matt Murdock/dardevil que esta por ahi que le da una buena replica al trepa muros y nos
Khairul H.
Sep 03, 2011 Khairul H. rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
One of the more memorable stories in the Spider-Man canon. Jean De Wolff, a popular supporting character, was killed off-panel and that starts off the hunt for the serial killer Sin-Eater. I'm not sure but Sin Eater was probably inspired by the Son of Sam serial killings that terrorised New York at the time.

A few years later, this story tangentially contributed to the birth of popular (and by now over used) Spidey villain, Venom.
Feather Mista
Nov 24, 2010 Feather Mista marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Feather by: Su autor y su bajo precio.
Historia a cargo de uno de mis guionistas yanquis preferidos sobre uno de los personajes yanquis más emblemáticos, pero del que menos cosas interesantes he leído. Lo conseguí en la edición de Panini a muy bajo precio gracias a que tiene el lomo roto. Cuando lo arregle y lo pueda leer sin riesgos, seguro se gane su correspondiente reseña.
Luiz Fernando
Oct 14, 2013 Luiz Fernando rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book i read includes "Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-Man #107-110 and Spectacular Spider-Man (1) #134-136 (October 1985-March 1988)". I must say it was surprisingly better than i expected.

This may be a five star book; I honestly go back and forth. Either way, it's quite good. Besides being a mystery, it's a great examination of the characters of both Peter Parker and Matt Murdock and has some great interactions between the two.
Aug 15, 2014 Simone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dony Grayman
Primera historieta de Peter David. Editada en castellano dentro de la colección BoME, que se caracteriza por una muy buena calidad en las tapas pero pésima calidad de encuadernado.
Antony Flores
This book i do not like it i love it i like the whole spiderman books and in this book their was a womens death.

Michal Vámoš
Nov 18, 2016 Michal Vámoš rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daredevil byl poměrně otravný a ani nemám pocit, že by se to nějak zvláště soustředilo právě na smrt Jean.
Příběhově ale naprostá pecka.
Chris Schaben
Apr 12, 2016 Chris Schaben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the darkest and most intense Spider-Man story I have read so far. It was nice to see Black Suited Spider-Man get really edgy and having a discussion about morals with Daredevil.
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