The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 2: Revelations
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The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 2: Revelations (The Amazing Spider-Man #2)

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In the wake of the World Trade Center tragedy, Spider-Man comes to understand that not all heroes possess great powers. Meanwhile, Aunt May struggles with her discovery of Peter's greatest secret.

Collects:
- The Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #36-#39
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 6th 2002 by Marvel Comics (first published August 1st 2002)
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Colin
This book contains the issues of Amazing Spider-Man that brought me back to comics. I read comics all through junior high school, but fell out of it during Spidey's clone saga stuff. This storyline should have been straight up the single greatest event in Marvel comics, the revelation of Spider-Man's identity, finally, to the woman who is arguably the most important woman in his life - his Aunt May. Unfortunately, it was circumvented by the greatest tragedy to befall New York City - the Septembe...more
Joshua
I'll come right out and say it: the 9/11 issue was terrible. Now, I know the time this lead issue was written was an awkward and terrible time for everyone, and I don't envy authors who had to write about characters in a city where a real life tragedy occured, but man this issue is frustrating. I can get over a lot of the cheese, and the over the top "real heroes" message, but the page which features THE KINGPIN, JUGGERNAUT, MAGNETO, DOC OCK, AND DOCTOR FREAKING DOOM, assisting with recovery eff...more
Xavier Guillaume
Jul 28, 2014 Xavier Guillaume rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Spider-man fans, Marvel fans, literature fans
Shelves: graphic-novel
The art in this volume is amazing. I love how much emotion you can see on the characters' faces, especially on Peter and Aunt May. Because this book is jam-packed full of emotion, the emotion through the art is pivotal, and this book surely does not disappoint.

Issue #36 is about the attack on the Twin Towers. It's a sad, emotionally-charged issue given the material it is covering. It's solemn, and poetic. Perhaps this issue is not pertinent to the overall Spider-Man story, but it is important fo...more
Will Robinson Jr.
Every now and then I enjoy going back and reading some popular story arcs for Spider-man. This is and especially significant volume. I was surprise to find that this volume has the emotional 9/11 issues. I have to admit just reading those issues brought back the jaw dropping and painful memories of those events. What I really enjoyed about this volume is Peter Parker and Aunt May's conversation about his identity as Spider-man. I really enjoy reading stories like this because even though Spider-...more
Anastasia
I know it's been said before, but Straczynski's Aunt May = BADASS.
Gavin
This 2nd volume starts out with the Sept 11th issue. It says something that reading this 12+ yrs later, it was still a very moving read. A few panels really really stand out, including Peter holding a woman's hand as she looks up at him from a stretcher, and another of a close up of Captain America's hand balled up into a fist and shaking uncontrollably.
It's a credit to Straczynski and Marvel's editors that this holds up so well, it's measured, yet moving, not jingoistic or militaristic, but hon...more
Matthew
A very short collection, of four issues that don't really tell a connecting story.

The first chapter is a somewhat famous issue that takes place on 9/11. The subject is painful for me to think about as the issue is to read, so I'm going to opt to skip discussing this chapter.

The second chapter is about Peter reaching out to a troubled student. I didn't really care for this one. I don't disagree with JMS's stances on social issues, but he approaches them with such a heavy hand, it comes off as c...more
DavidO
There's only 4 issues in this volume. One of which is a World Trade Center reaction issue. I understand why it was written, but it's really not that good of an issue. The other 3 are interesting in terms of character development and story, even with no super villains appearing. So the low rating is because of the rather weak 9/11 issue and the shortness of the volume.
Keith
This Spider-Man story arch happened during the decade plus when I wasn’t reading comics. I picked it up at a used book store and it was one of the better Spidey stories that I’ve ever read. It follows Peter/Spidey in the wake of the 9/11 disaster. Whether he’s loved or hated he is New York’s hero. He, along with the Avengers, X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and others struggle to deal with the aftermath of 9/11.

Revelations also covers Aunt May’s discovery that her nephew is Spider-Man and the reveali...more
Nick
Very moving book for such a small collection of issues. The first one caught me off guard but really said a lot of things about the days before and after 9/11 that are still true and poignant today. Straczynski does a great job of weaving Peter's humor and sincerity, which allows for a greater understanding and enjoyment of the character. Most writers can only get one aspect of Spidey right and he seems keen on hitting the nail right on the head, forcing this true believer to not only enjoy the...more
Callum
Mar 06, 2008 Callum rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any Spider-Man Fan!
Shelves: graphic-novels
The first few pages of 9/11 shocked and amazed me, while almost bringing me to tears. I wasn't aware how thoughtful Marvel was in their treatment of the incident and I can't believe how prescient and forward knowing Straczynski was in his script. Most definitely lives up to the promise in volume one and I am looking forward to reading the next one. I am truly saddened that he is no longer penning Amazing and can only hope that within the year they salvage they mess they have made with Brand New...more
Matt Anderson
This collection features the 9/11 Tribute issue (issues #36), as well as a storyline in which one of Spider-Man's main cast members learns Peter's secret.
Olivier
It is a book I want to read and I don't know how to read it! Please help me someone
sixthreezy
Read Issue #36 for free on Comixology. It's a great show of strength that villains show up to support the heroes and humans on the days of such events, and I hate to be the negative Nick I am, but why is Dr. Doom crying. Don't these villains kill innocent people too... Lol, otherwise great issue.
Nicolas
The JMS stuff was good, but there wasn't nearly enough of it. I actually thought the 9/11 issue was pretty well done. I probably would have stopped short of a weeping Doctor Doom, but to each his own. I hated the weird Rhino back-up story.
Allen Setzer
I loved this arc. The 9/11 part was touching as much as the talk between Peter and Aunt May. Great dialogue; emotional dialogue. I have copies of these issues and can't imagine parting from them. This is the stuff in comic books that stays with you.
Mike Thomas
This is an excellent follow up to Spider Man - Coming Home. Aunt May finds out his secret, and even Dr Octopus helps spidey defeat a more powerful octopus like man. Well drawn, great story, highly recommended 5 out of 5.......
Dickydavis
Another brilliant wedge of the Spidey saga courtesy of Straczynski and Romita; a total tragedy that they effectively erased all this great work from existence with the Brand New Day reboot.
victoria.p
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Tim
The humanity and quirks still make for a compelling character. Beautiful artwork.
Timo
Apr 03, 2013 Timo rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
Very nice, emotional and thought provoking.
JRJR never lets down.
Good stuff.
Taste it Taste me
Una historia emocionante en la quw conocer algo de Gwen Stacy y un gran dibujo
Justin
Very well developed emotional content but where's the action?
Miss December
Beautiful artwork. Loved the end chapter the most.
Keith Jones
Best interpretation of Aunt May ever
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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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