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Civil War: The Amazing Spider-Man (The Amazing Spider-Man #13)

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,492 Ratings  ·  125 Reviews
Life couldn't be more complicated - or more dangerous - for Peter Parker. After rushing to the aftermath of the Stamford Massacre to offer aid to its victims, Peter travels with Tony Stark to Washington, D.C., and the White House - where the enactment of the Super Hero Registration Act appears imminent. As the Marvel Universe braces for the implications of legislation that ...more
Graphic novel, 168 pages
Published May 2nd 2007 by Marvel
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May 25, 2016 Anne rated it it was amazing

The Marvel universe has given us the most iconic superheroes out there, in my humble opinion (sorry DC fans). The Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Captain America, Iron Man, the X-men, and Daredevil are just a few who fit into that category. However, I doubt that anyone can argue with the fact that at the head of the pack is every one's favorite wall-crawler. There is a reason for that. He's the best.


Anyone who is a fan of Peter Parker (not talking about the fans of just the movies here) nee
May 03, 2016 Kemper rated it liked it
During the Civil War event Spider-Man was ruthlessly manipulated by someone into deciding to reveal his secret identity as Peter Parker with devastating consequences. Am I talking about Tony Stark or the writers and editors of Marvel? Because it’s questionable as to who screwed poor Spidey over more by the end of it all.

In a way the entire Civil War was a fight for the soul of Spider-Man with him caught between two men he greatly respects. Tony had been his friend and boss right before things we
May 17, 2016 Julia rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics, 2016
I enjoyed this much more than the actual Civil War event, which is disappointing. But hey, at least I don't hate the entire event.

Great art, great dialogue and character development, and quite the cliffhanger. I thought this very effectively told the story of Spider-Man during this event, and it made me appreciate his role so much more.
Scarlet Cameo
Sep 26, 2015 Scarlet Cameo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: civil-war
Peter Parker es, sino la persona más afectada por los eventos de Civil war, si una de las más grandes victimas. Su vida, su trabajo, sus amistades y sus convicciones se ven fuertemente afectadas...básicamente su mundo se fue al car***.

Si nos ponemos a hablar de que historias están directamente relacionadas con Civil War es Amazing Spiderman, el es uno de los ejes principales en este evento y demuestra el porque de sus acciones, como toma sus decisiones y una bella relación con las dos mujeres de
May 13, 2014 Kyle rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel
Definitely one of the best titles from the Civil War event.

Peter Parker, usually the Marvel superhero that is responsible for breaking the tension in serious situations with inappropriate jokes and insults, turns inward and self-reflective as he comes to terms with the worst decision he has ever made. This volume, which elaborates on a couple of the most pivotal plot points of Civil War, gets pretty serious for a Spidey-comic as Peter is forced to question a lot of "truths" and relationships tha
Jan 05, 2013 Mike rated it liked it
I'm reading this again years after the event (and The Civil War Event). I'd seen Spidey pop up in the main CW series with that new costume and strangely conformist attitude and I was dying to figure out what the hell. But somehow never did go back to the archives and see how this fit into the overall context of the Spidey-verse (guess the library just didn't stock Spider-man like they did the rest of the titles).

I used to think JMS was a god among writers. He may still be, elsewhere, but here he
Nicolo Yu
Apr 13, 2012 Nicolo Yu rated it liked it
Shelves: collected-comics
Of all the characters Marvel Comics have in their stable, Spider-Man epitomized the quintessential Marvel superhero. He’s neither the strongest nor the smartest, but he has feet of clay that always crumbled beneath him. Most of it was his own doing, since he’s never been known to make the smartest choices. That was what made him relatable to readers, because it made him human.

In Civil War, he made a lot of decision that he soon regret, betraying Captain America and Iron Man and revealing his civ
Jesse A
Jul 31, 2015 Jesse A rated it really liked it
A good book. My first Civil War (which I loved) tie-in. Wasn't quite as impartial as the original book in the Iron Man vs Cap fight but a solid story.
Alex Ristea
Oct 16, 2014 Alex Ristea rated it really liked it
The more Civil War tie-ins I read, the deeper into the issue we get. So far, it hasn't become stale, and I'm enjoying seeing the conflict examined from many different POVs.

(To be clear, I'm going with the Civil War trade paperback reading order that Comic Book Herald suggests.)

This arc is relationship-heavy in how Spider-man reconciles his stance on the Registration Act with the people he cares about. (I liked that it was this way—again, lots of talking and lots more philosophy than I had expect
Jim C
Jan 23, 2016 Jim C rated it it was amazing
My rating is 4.5 stars.

This collection is a side companion to Marvel's Civil War. It tells how the story affects Spider-Man and his immediate family.

My review might be a little biased since Spidey is my favorite but I think this is the best Civil War story I have read so far. I would recommend reading Civil War first to get a better understanding of the grand scope of events. This collection shows how Peter struggles with loyalty and questions this loyalty as he realizes that this loyalty is go
Aug 08, 2014 Nicholas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Review applies to Marvel Unlimited's e-edition.

So I read this off of Marvel Unlimited's service on my iPad and I'm not sure if this was normal or not, but each of the "issues" in this collection were like 4 pages long with incredibly fragmented storytelling. I get that this is a Civil War tie-in, but I was kind of expecting a kind of consistent narrative flow from Spider-Man's perspective about the whole mess. I remember having similar problems reading the Civil War TPB as well, feeling like I
"Life couldn’t be more complicated – or more dangerous – for Peter Parker. After rushing to the aftermath of the Stamford Massacre to offer aid to its victims, Peter travels with Tony Stark to Washington, D.C., and the White House – where the enactment of the Super Human Registration Act appears imminent. As the Marvel Universe braces for the implications of legislation that will forever change the societal status of super heroes, Peter is forced to make an important personal decision – maybe th ...more
Oct 06, 2013 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
OK I definitely bought into this. I felt it came across genuinely and heartfelt, earnest, much like Peter Parker himself. Starting off with him working alongside Tony Stark, and having him pulled along not quite unwillingly, but definitely without the full story of what's going on. Tony comes across the worst here, as someone who looks down on Peter, treats him like a child, and pretty much tells him what he should think and do if he wants to be just like Iron Man...I didn't care for the part wh ...more
May 04, 2016 Brittany rated it really liked it
I definitely enjoyed this more then the actual story arc of Civil War but it was also necessary so that when I read Peter's side it made the story all the more important. Also allowed me to reaffirm why I support Captain America over Iron Man. Oooooh I'm so stoked to see Captain American: Civil War tomorrow.
Aug 02, 2013 Subroto rated it really liked it
Disclaimer : I do not like the talkative almost always jabbering bad joke Spidey/ Peter Parker. I would much prefer Deadpool in that department.

That said JSM's run in Spiderman was always admired by me and this one just takes it again in the same league - just more deeper cos in this one you get to see various shades of the man behind the spider mask.

He duels with giving up things he had fiercely guarded ever since, he grapples with - what if i chose the wrong side - and finally despite knowing
Nov 27, 2013 Maddsurgeon rated it liked it
The Marvel characters choose sides in response to the Superhuman Registration Act (pretty much the Mutant Registration Act, stretched out across the whole Marvel Universe) Spidey has to decide whether to side with Iron Man, who's enforcing the Act, or Captain America, who refuses to cooperate.

I like Straczynski writing Spider-Man. He gets the average-guy moral dilemmas that are always at the center of the best Spider-Man arcs. The story is well-paced, and the plot twists are entertaining. This i
Amy Firman
Jun 13, 2016 Amy Firman rated it really liked it
Spiderman is manipulated by his loyalty to Tony Stark a.k.a Iron Man into revealing his identity. Stark wants Spidermans support for the Superhuman registration act and after discussing it through with MJ and Aunt May Spiderman agrees to reveal his true identity. It proves to be a hard time for Peter, many people are not accepting of him and the more he learns and witnesses the more he realises that he may have chosen the wrong side. Will he do the right thing?

I strongly recommend this book in t
Nov 09, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
Recommended to Laura by: rachel
I like this one better than the other Civil War book I read because it focuses in on one person's decision in the whole mess. It gives Peter Parker even more depth and helps the reader understand the difficulties in making the decision he made, because from the point of view of the other book (that looks at the two sides, rather than at any one individual), Spider-man appears like a pansy the way he flip flops from side to side. But here we really get to see everything that was involved, granted ...more
Jul 26, 2011 Aliza rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic comic from cover to cover. It brings to mind the Smallville storyline where all superheroes are by law ordered to register with the government. In this comic, Iron Man is on the side of the government and he uses deception to get Spider-Man onto his side. When Spider-Man discovers he has been taken for a ride, that's when things get incredibly interesting and exciting. This comic really jumps off the page. Feels like you're watching a film...a superhero film you wish would b ...more
What can I say? Poor, poor Peter Parker. He's definitely the Underdog's Hero. Everybody gets hurt in the Civil War story to some degree, but some people stand out more than others. Captain America. Certainly, Spidey's one of them. And if I didn't have the bigger picture, this book would make me despise Iron Man. There's certainly that perspective thing going on here, which is of interest to me. Classic Comic Goodness: The Editors even snuck in one of those sneaky side-notes that made me feel the ...more
Mynor Xuya
Jun 12, 2016 Mynor Xuya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Un gran comic, grande Marvel como siempre. Ahora me siento más preparado para leer Civil War. El conflicto de poderes es interesante.
So very well done, the story & the art.
May 30, 2014 DavidO rated it liked it
My least favorite of the J. Michael Straczynski Spider-man books written this far, mostly because Spider-man and Iron man are written out of character. (Or at least it seemed so to me.) The premise that being a masked vigilante is suddenly illegal makes no sense, cause there was never a time that being a masked vigilante was legal (at least in the real world). To me the whole volume read as though the author were forced to write it instead of it naturally occurring.
Federiken Masters
Mar 05, 2010 Federiken Masters rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marvelitas eventeros
Recommended to Federiken by: Precio y curiosidad
No estoy seguro de si leí la totalidad de números de este tomo porque los leí de la edición de Clarín, pero lo marco provisoriamente por proximidad. Empecemos por lo que menos me gustó, el dibujo: mñah. Funcional y ya, ni suma ni resta mucho. Sigamos por lo que sí me gustó: la premisa, las dudas y revelaciones de Spiderman. Qué no me gustó tanto: lo que vino después. Cuando chequee bien qué trae y si verdaderamente leí todo quizás relea y/o rerreseñe alguna parte.
May 30, 2014 Adriana rated it really liked it
This is the best book in all the Civil War series.
It’s thru Peter’s eyes that you can truly see all sides of the conflict. He’s never sure about the registration act, but he gets pulled along by Tony Stark and convinced to reveal his true identity.
The repercussions that action has on him and his family are expertly portrayed and it gives a more human side to the entire conflict.
The one book not to skip in this series.
May 15, 2016 James rated it it was amazing
Companion reading to the main Civil War story line, this is where it really hits home for me. More than anyone else, more than Tony or Steve, I felt the most engaged with Peter's story. Granted I have a bias towards him. But I feel like he is one of the people who takes the biggest risk that he pays very dearly for. Though the fallout of his choices are not contained in this story I think this book does a great job of establishing just why Peter goes against his better instincts to follow a law ...more
Apr 24, 2012 emily_oriley rated it it was amazing
See, I'm actually FOR the registration -there are a lot of benefits for Superheroes especially Spidey -but it's the methodology that I'm avidly against. Stark crossed the line contracting Supervillians to hunt down heroes.
Jan 04, 2014 Astrid rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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May 27, 2015 Silas rated it it was amazing
Having read the Civil War event ages ago, and gone through several of the side stories, I knew this would be an interesting read, since Spider-Man switches sides halfway, but this was surprisingly good. It was more about the complications from his identity being revealed and his personal struggle with the idea than it was about any big fights (most of which end up happening off-panel, since he is prominently featured in the event, itself). I really liked that about it... and I really did not see ...more
Annette Jordan
Jul 18, 2015 Annette Jordan rated it really liked it
In many ways Peter Parker/Spiderman is the human face of the Civil War, torn between both sides. On the one hand he has kept his secret to protect those he loves, and on the other his new mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man is the public face of Registration. The struggle he faces is very well portrayed, with touches of humor to alleviate the tension.
Even when he reveals his identity he is never fully comfortable with his decision,in fact he questions it constantly, but never more than when he fights Cap
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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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