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Spider-Man: Reign (Spider-Man Marvel Comics)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  1,612 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
A searing vision of Spider-Man's future, brought to you by superstar Kaare Andrews (Incredible Hulk). They finally did it. Kicked them to the curb. The "capes and tights" crowd - there's no place for them in the Big Apple anymore. Peter Parker? He can't even remember what it was like to don the red and blue, and swing through the night sky. Doesn't want to, anyway. After a ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 2nd 2008 by Marvel (first published February 2007)
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Starts out interesting - Spidey as a codger, shuffling around, getting pushed around, and staying off the radar. Hallucinating about his dead wife, trying to make her happy.

Then it just gets silly, hard to believe. The old man with a broken arm jumps some armoured cops and beats them senseless? Then later his arm is healed for no reason? And we get kids, raised from birth in a police state, all of a sudden talking like Ayn Rand and rising up for the first time against the oppressors? Nice fantas
Jan 17, 2015 JB rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are so many things I love about this book! The references to nursery rhymes that fit the story perfectly, the totally different take on Spider-Man and Peter Parker.

The first pages are great. Those first ten pages paint a very gloomy Manhattan and a very old and beaten Spider-Man. I also love Jameson in this as some kind of crazy street prophet.

That first splash page where we see Spider-Man slowly but surely returning, is pure magic. How great is it to see Spider-Man as an old man in his b
Mar 03, 2015 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This attempt to do a "Dark Knight Returns" for Spidey has some germs of good ideas but nothing gels very well. Interesting and somewhat touching at first, but becomes muddled and boring.
Mar 14, 2017 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I surprised myself and kinda liked this book. Despite the inherent seediness of the whole thing - like when old man peter parker talks compares his sperm to cancerous spider's eggs (comics for kids!). Despite the overplayed homages to Dark Knight Returns (there's a character named "Miller Janson" for pete's sake in all those straight from the Dark Knight Returns telejournalist scenes). so yeah, & the art's kinda shaky, awkward, weak digital lines...EXCEPT, when spider man reappears in his co ...more
Alan Hoffman
Has an elderly, depressed and tormented Peter Parker of the future, who gave up fighting crime after Mary Jane died. As the artist said, he liked his covers better after they included an element of physical or emotional pain. Intriguing and well done - drew me in much more than a lot of flashier Spider-Man collections: this one stood out, though it's very somber.

I don't know if it's intentional, but the book shares some similarities, such as its tone and illustration style, with Frank Miller's
Mohamed  Tarik El fouly
ابتديت اقرا حاجات تانية من مارفل بقي شوية ... بس علشان اكون صريح لسه ما شوفتش حاجة كويسة اوي زي قصص دي سي...
ثانياً انا معرفش عالم سبيدرمان كويس.. لكن عندي الاساسيات يعني ..

بالنسبة للرواية...
هي لطيفة جداً تحسها شبه الدارك نايت ريترن ... بتدور في مستقبل بعيد .. بيتر باركر عجوز وماري جين ماتت بسبب سرطان نقلهولها بيتر بسبب الاشعاعات اللي نقلهالها.. حاجة زي الامراض الجنسية !!

فينوم شرير جداً... وواضح ان فيه علاقة معقدة مابين الساند مان و سبيدر مان.. حاجة زي اللى ما بين فلاش وكابتن كولد كده ...

Apr 30, 2013 Christopher rated it did not like it

This is so terrible.
Henry Fool
Oct 17, 2010 Henry Fool rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-books-read
Amazing. So good I gave away copies as Christmas Presents.
Christian Smith
May 10, 2017 Christian Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story (Kaare Andrews): 8/10

Art (Kaare Andrews with Jose Villarrubia): 5/10


Age Level: 13+

Violence: 7/10

Many people are punched and hit in this volume with quite a bit of blood in result.

Hey man is shot and is seen lying in a pool of blood from far away. Very brief

A kid is impaled with a sword and bleeds on the ground dead.

Spiderman has two big fight scenes that results in quite a bit of blood from the action.

A man cuts someone's throat and blood spurts out.

A man is bit in the mouth
Mar 15, 2017 Lloyd rated it really liked it
***I read this book as digital single issues of Spider-Man: Reign #s 1-4.
Chris Gordon
Man, was this all over the place....and to think people sleep soundly at night having panned Spider-man 3 for the same reasons while praising this mess! The story could barely keep up with all the different things going on, what with all the characters (who proved mostly unimportant) and subplots (which made little to no sense). Granted, this is a "what-if" storyline that doesn't factor in with the established continuity of the Marvel comics, I think a lot of it doesn't fly in the Spider-Man uni ...more
Oct 07, 2008 Erik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andrews and Villarubia do for Spider-Man in this four-chapter graphic novel what Frank Miller like-wise did for Batman in The Dark Knight Returns. That is, Andrews and Villarubia spin a web of a tale of a not too-far future in which a New York is under the thumb of the Reign, a Big Brother-like authority. Imagine a Mooresian-world right out of V for Vendetta in which an elderly Peter Parker dreams of his long-lost love Mary Jane Watson, but awakens from his near-constant reveries by the curmudge ...more
Tim Heard
Basically, this story is Marvel's (mainly the author's) version of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns for the 21st century audience. Like Batman in the 1980s classic, Spider-Man is depicted here as an aged superhero at the twilight of his career living in a dystopian city. The city in question is New York City, an anti-superhuman totalitarian city state that has an atmosphere that reminds me of George Orwell's 1984. The mayor rules the city like a king and uses his military police force, the ...more
Oct 03, 2014 Cindy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm debating how much I actually liked Spider-Man: Reign because it reminded me of a lot of what I like. I mean, this is Marvel's Dark Knight Returns with Spider-Man/Peter Parker, and their version of the Suicide Squad with the Sinister Six. It's like I'm getting some SpidyBat action going on. I don't mind a dark Spider-Man story and I love seeing what happens when hero's AGE and in this case, don't pass on the mantel which has some negative ramifications. The people of Manhattan are living in a ...more
Aug 20, 2011 Guillermo rated it it was amazing
It's clear that Spider-Man: Reign echoes a post-9/11 world, if not a blatant observation of the Bush Administration following the terrorist attacks and the war against terrorism. Much like the promises of a madman from Texas to make our country safe, Mayor Waters promises New York protection from super-terrorists. The only cost for this freedom is the citizens' freedom and civil rights - the guy even goes as far as canceling the electoral process until his job is done (which, I wouldn't have put ...more
Peter Strange
Feb 27, 2015 Peter Strange rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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Comprato ieri sera e letto alla velocità della luce. C’è poco da dire forse Spiderman è l’eroe Marvel per eccellenza, il più romantico e quello che fa più presa anche sulle giovani leve. Non sono uno che segue serie regolari della Marvel ,per anni ho colleizonato X-Men deluxe. Ma le continuity e serie regolari non fanno pr me. Sono invece un appasisonato di queste serie stand alone come le chiamo io. Spesso ne leggo in particolare legate a Wolveri
I love this Spider-man story. I loved this comic so much that after buying the single issues I bought the trade for it. I feel it's a comic master piece. If you love Spider-man you need to read this comic. Now if you've never read Spider-man, this comic won't make as much sense, but who cares about that.

Kaare Andrews art is beautiful. I could look at the way Spider-man is drawn all day. The style is one of the main things that drew me into the comic. The story is good too. It's Spider-man in th
Feb 06, 2016 Gav451 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While still slightly hindered by Amazon's own comic reading app, this managed to shine through given its solid story and idea. I was unsure about a tale set in the twilight days of Spiderman in that I was not sure it would hold together. What worked for the Dark Knight might not have worked for a character with more old school superhuman powers. Fortunately it did for more than I expected it to. This was a pleasant surprise.

It helped that it was set in a well realised dark and suppressed society
Feb 27, 2012 Anthony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital, spider-man
A Dark Knight Returns/V for Vendetta approach to a Spider-man story. Its 30+ years in the future, and Peter is old. Everything is old now. He's long given up being Spider-man, due to laws being passed that make it illegal to wear masks. New York has become a city of heavy law enforcement. Crime is down, but at the price of freedom.

An old friend encourages Peter to take up the Spider-man role once again, so that New York can go back to what it once was.

It touches on some dark themes, but as you'
Feather Mista
Dec 23, 2010 Feather Mista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans del personaje, supongo
Recommended to Feather by: Que estaba a mano
Un homenaje poco disimulado al Dark Knight Returns del otrora genial Frank Miller que cambia el mito de Batman por el de Spiderman. Los guiños se ven no sólo en los nombres de algunos personajes (siendo los periodistas Miller Janson y Varr) sino en el dibujo mismo (la forma de dibujar a los personajes viejos, la violencia embellecida, las miradas furiosas), sino en la ambientación deprimente, el futuro opresivo, la corrupción institucional, los monólogos internos del protagonista y un largo etcé ...more
Salman Mehedy Titas
"Look up! The heavens are full of snakes. And they have awakened... The Spider!"

New York city is no longer the bright place it used to be. Gone are the myriad of superheroes who one guarded Manhattan. Now it is ruled by the Reign, a Nazi-esque government and the name itself shares the first three letters with the Reich. All supers - heroes and villains alike - have been rooted out and put out of business. Amidst this, Peter Parker lives a secluded, painful elderly life. Beaten, broken and weaken
Aug 26, 2009 Brad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, marvel
So much of the style, tone, and storytelling are taken from Batman The Dark Knight Returns that it's hard to take this bleak story of Spider-Man's future seriously. The first two issues feel like a bad homage--there's little explanation for Spider-Man's downfall or the ridiculously simplistic political machinations in New York City. Fortunately, the book picks up some steam towards the end with an ominous villain and some heart-wrenching reveals about Peter's relationship with Mary Jane. The pai ...more
Apr 02, 2013 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As many have stated- Kaare Andrews has written the Spiderman equivalent of Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. Set in a dark future- where an aged Peter Parker no longer fights, under a city tightly controlled by martial law, an old friend comes to reawaken Parker to make him realize that the city needs him again. Thematically the book doesn't feel like Spiderman, but when the tale begins to resurrect some of his former villains and with that his snappy banter, there are moments. But it still feel ...more
Jan 04, 2009 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Basically The Web Knight Returns -- the premise, the tone, and even the artistic style are cribbed directly from Frank Miller's classic Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. Years in the future, an aged Peter Parker has retired the mantle of Spider-Man and lives a life of isolation, haunted by the deaths of his loved ones. When a hidden menace resurrects many of Spider-Man's enemies in an attempt to conquer New York for good, Spider-Man embarks on one last mission of redemption. Political commentary ...more
Aug 19, 2007 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphicnovels
I think equal numbers of people were either put off or turned on by artist/writer Kaare Andrews' blatant rip-off/homage of The Dark Knight Returns in the pages of Spider-Man: Reign. Put me in the latter category- I don't much mind Andrews' style or structure of the book.

The bits I liked best about Reign were the small details- the final fate of Dr. Octopus, the responsibility angle between Spider-Man and the book's main antagonist. Otherwise, I thought the story was a bit mopey and morose for me
Hunter Duesing
Jul 11, 2008 Hunter Duesing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I really liked this "what-if?" scenario for Spider-Man. Normally stuff like this doesn't interest me, but this was like Spider-Man's equivalent to Batman's 'Dark Knight Returns'. It puts Peter Parker in the darkest place possible, having lost Mary Jane, and being an old man who is just too tired to help people anymore (if you thought he was depressing guy in the past, you ain't seen nothin' yet). I could've done without the Sinner Six showing up towards the end, as I hate it when a hodge-podge o ...more
Ron Castro
Feb 15, 2012 Ron Castro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Losing your loved one is never easy especially if you feel it's your fault. Take a dive into Spiderman's world after he loses his true love and is no longer the masked hero he once was. This story takes place when Peter Parker is no longer young and has reached senior citizen status. Old Villians come out of nowhere and try to overrun the city. Will Peter Parker be the hero he once was and save the city or will he take a back seat and watch his old enemies take over New York once and for all? Wi ...more
Aug 15, 2013 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember hearing about this Spiderman story and reading the plot on Wikipedia. I finally got around to reading it, and it was decent.

Spiderman gets The Dark Knight Returns like treatment. Even the artwork is similar. That being said, I did not like the artwork. Its not the same as the artwork for the front cover of the trade, or the sample on the last page which would have been much better.

The story and writing itself is pretty good, a very depressing alternate future Spiderman that must face
May 20, 2015 Jaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this one. This another alt-hist comic. It is sometime in a grim, dark future, and New York's mayor has declared independence from the rest of America, and is preparing to erect some sort of force-field that will protect the city from "freaks with super powers". The city has become a police state with no room for heroes. Peter Parker is a broken old man whose radioactive body killed his beloved Mary Jane. Then an "old friend" shows up at his door with some things he hasn't seen in a long ...more
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