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

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  4,571 ratings  ·  74 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 (first published April 18th 2007)
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Anne
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) ne
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Kyle
May 13, 2014 Kyle rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Mike
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
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Nicolo Yu
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
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Alex Ristea
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
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Kenny
"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
Gavin
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
Subroto
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
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Maddsurgeon
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
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Laura
Nov 09, 2009 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Aliza
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
Emily
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
DavidO
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Adriana
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.
Annette Jordan
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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emily_oriley
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.
Kyle Warner
Out of all the superhero Marvel Civil War tie-ins, this is my favorite. I grew up with Spider-Man comics. Even though I missed out on many big storylines over the years, I kind of felt like I knew all the big Spider-Man stories and the hero had no surprises for me. Well, I was wrong.

So, in the Civil War saga, Peter Parker is friends with Tony Stark and follows him when the superhero registration act is passed into law. Peter puts on the suit and fights against his former allies, while dealing w
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Astrid
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Silas
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
Andrew Greatbatch
This was by far the best of the Civil War Tie-in's in my opinion. It was just so personal and different for Peter.
Alex Gherzo
A side-story to Civil War, this book deals with Spider-Man's role in the big event, specifically how conflicted he was the entire time. Continuing from his section of the Road To Civil War book, Peter Parker is still being manipulated by Tony Stark, to the extent that he joins the pro-registration forces and reveals his secret identity on live television. He believes he's doing the right thing, but the more he learns about Tony and Reed Richards' activities and motivations, the less sure of his ...more
Samuel

Spider-Man wrestles with the decision of providing the wider world with full disclosure of his secret identity. After some touching words from Aunt May he decides to go through with it. The backlash is almost entirely negative- a thug who isn't Peter's biggest fan brandished a pistol at Peter and MJ, only to have the weapon smothered by webbing and the thug's hand is blown to pieces.

After visiting the Negative Zone's prison and talking to Reed Richards, Peter decides that he's been fighting for
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Kavin Boodram
Quick note, this is technically about issues #529-#532 collected in the Amazing Spider-Man: Civil War Decisions book, but since that book wasn't listed here but is still part of the overall arc, and contains at least one issue from the book featured here, i still decided to use that image here, because this story is too good and such an historic part of Marvel's recent history not to include. To break it down for you, in a rapidly changing world, the US government introduces the SuperHuman Regis ...more
Dominic Long
If you could have any power in the world, what would it be? Everytime I read a Marvel Comic book I think about this. I guess the conflicting interest with whatever power I would have would be, what to do with it? I mean we all know that " with great power, comes great responsibility", right? This book makes you ask the questions in your mind " if I had powers what would I do with them?", " would I keep my powers a secret from the world? My loved ones?". It also makes you wonder that if you did ...more
Rachel
Spiderman is usually portrayed as the "everyman" superhero: he struggles to pay rent and bills, struggles with girls and relationships, struggles with secrets and holding down a job, etc. That's why his view of the Civil War is the view of the every man.

He believes in following the law and wants to protect his family the best way he can. Peter puts his trust in one of his mentors Tony Stark/Iron Man and gets bit hard in the ass. For each reason Peter put his money on pro-registration, he saw his
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Brad
This is what a tie-in book should be. J. Michael Straczynski does a great job fleshing out Peter Parker's decision to reveal his identity (Aunt May gave him a nice speech), and his later reneging on helping Iron Man round up unregistered heroes (this time Captain America had the speech). All the characters ring true, and Straczynski ends it with a cliffhanger that will propel the character out of Civil War.
I did think it was funny that the letterer didn't bother to change the titles-"The War at
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Robert
This is an excellent side-trip for Spidey fans and essential reading for everyone reading up on "Civil War", with excellent art to back up the trademark Straczynski writing. My personal favourite scene was Spidey's talk with Captain America. So good.
Martin
This is a very nice companion piece to the main Civil War mini-series [by Mark Millar] as it explores Peter Parker's internal struggle vis-à-vis 'Upholding the Law' or 'Doing What's Right'. Unlike a lot of event tie-ins which are blatant attempts at squeezing more money out of the readers, this one actually "matters" in the grand scheme of things (storywise, of course). Who knew then that this would lead to one of the most controversial Spider-Man storylines (Spider-Man: One More Day)?
catechism
I said something like this earlier, but -- I am very familiar with the whole Civil War story arc, and I read a fair amount of it while it was going on and a bit more since. But I've never actually sat down and compiled the various issues and tried to read them in context and in order, mostly because I knew they would piss me off. I mean, if I'm being honest, this is probably a better comic than my three-star rating indicates, except that I have some totally irrational issues with anything that m ...more
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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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