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The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 4: The Life and Death of Spiders (The Amazing Spider-Man #4)

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In this collection of Marvel's most popular Spider-Man series, an introspective Peter Parker ponders the true nature of his powers and reflects on the moral responsibilities that accompany them... and realizes there are natural enemies his powers bring him as well.


- Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #46-#50
Paperback, 120 pages
Published October 4th 2006 by Marvel (first published July 1st 2003)
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Jul 20, 2016 Norman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-comics
Good action, probably less enticing and more fluffy than in previous volumes (Shathra, more spider totem stuff, random Doctor Doom trouble in a Denver airport), but MJ and Peter patching things up rounds out the volume. Lots of real-life love ideologies are presented, and it's all good.
Jan 30, 2017 Angela rated it liked it
Spiderman is warned by Dr Strange that something bad is coming for him. The villain is interesting and attacks at a different level. MJ and Peter finally meet up, but as usual at a wrong time, with Captain America and Doom being involved. This volume continues to look at the potential mystical powers that the spider bite gave him, and how much spider he has in him. A good read.
Apr 23, 2013 Matthew rated it really liked it
This collection has two stories. In the first, Spider-Man is hunted by a seemingly unstoppable foe he can't fight or hide from, and he can't run forever. Yeah, so Shathra is basically a repeat of whatshisname from Volume One: Coming Home, but in a weird way, her arrival makes more sense (even if she is a totemic-wasp-spirit-thing) and I like how the story led to a deeper understanding, both for Spider-Man and the reader of his relationship with spiders as he receives guidance from both Doctor St ...more
Matt Anderson
Jul 28, 2014 Matt Anderson rated it really liked it
Collects Amazing Spider-Man #46-50

This collection is where the otherworldly nature of Peter's spider powers begins to be explained more. Ezekiel returns to Peter and explains that his powers are totemistic in nature. Here's a portion of his speech:

"Maybe the spider that bit you was intended for you and you alone, maybe it was sent, maybe it was operating in a larger context...The Ashanti have stories of a Spider-Man that go back centuries."

Peter faces off against a new supernatural villain, but
Dec 04, 2013 Gavin rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
This is the 2nd time that some "ancient evil" that likes to devour spiders has been after PP. Mysterious yes, this time he's warned by Doctor Strange (who keeps showing up in Spider-Man books...I guess they were just giving him the exposure before the miniseries was released). Also, when attacked, he's saved by the equally mysterious 'Ezekiel' from the earlier volumes. More mumbo jumbo about anicent Spider totems and magic powers.
Peter and MJ cross paths in an airport and are on the way to recon
Jul 31, 2008 Nick rated it liked it
The story was ok, but totally worth enduring to see the effect it has on Peter and MJ's relationship. JMS is one of the best writers of dialogue in comics, making for some great interactions between characters that are fun to read and move the story forward. I got the feeling thought that the actual villains and plots were forced on him by someone higher up as they seemed less thought out and only worth putting up with to get to see the consequences on Peter and Spidey that result.
Emir Han
Jul 03, 2015 Emir Han rated it really liked it
I guess that's my favourite version of Spider-Man in Marvel comics. I just can't stand to see Peter Parker as a young student all over and over again. By the way I never liked Ultimate Spider-Man series. I can't blame the villains because actually it wasn't so bad if we consider that part of it. But Peter as a character was so lame in those comics. The Amazing Spider-Man series are always better than any of them.
Mar 03, 2012 victoria.p rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
While I'm still not sure what I think about this idea that Peter is somehow connected to some mystical spider spirit (and that it wasn't random chance but some kind of choice by the spider that bit him and gave him powers), I liked the use of the spiders and the spider's natural nemesis. Also, I think Anansi would probably find Peter amusing, so the connection made sense to me on that level.
May 11, 2014 DavidO rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-or-5-stars
For 4 straight volumes one comic has managed to keep the same author, and it's really paying off. The story is progressing and the pieces fit together neatly and seem to be going somewhere. I just hope the author stays around long enough to complete the epic tale he has clearly envisioned before moving to other pastures.
Jan 28, 2012 Warren rated it really liked it
The first 3 issues contained in this volume were decent enough, and would've probably garnered 3 stars, but it's the final 2 issues contained (ASM #49-50) that really shined, bringing back the classic "Parker Luck" in ways that were both humorous and fully in-character, followed by some solid, consistent storytelling by Stracynski & art by Romita Jr.
Rose Dawson
Jul 14, 2013 Rose Dawson rated it really liked it
Další skvělé pokračování Petera Parkera alias Spideyho!Líbilo se mi více než Štastné narozeniny,bylo tu také více romantiky s MJ a boss zrozený z mafiánů byl teda pěkný oříšek.Dokonce jsme si tu i zavzpomínaly na 1 z mých oblíbených postav.Vřele doporučuju.
Apr 05, 2013 Timo rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Not too sure about this idea of Spider-Man being somehow connected to some mystical larger Spider conspiracy that runs through the history of mankind.
But there were again some good bits in this story and JRJR.... good, good.
May 10, 2013 Nicolas rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Such a great run. I actually like the whole mystic spider totem thing. This also had some fun guest stars like Captain America and Dr. Strange.
Sep 01, 2015 Jacob rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Wait, Spider-man buys lottery tickets?
Spidey učitel je podle mě 100x lepší než Spidey student a tahle série je snad to nejlepší ze Spider-Mana. Supr :)
May 23, 2016 Mandy rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Axell Cid
Feb 26, 2014 Axell Cid rated it it was amazing
Love how it explains the origins of his powers and all his fears.
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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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