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The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. 1: Coming Home

(The Amazing Spider-Man (1999) Collected Editions #5)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  27,749 ratings  ·  367 reviews

Throughout his life, Peter Parker has often felt alone. When he first discovered his spider-like abilities after being bitten by a radioactive spider, he kept them secret. His attempts to exploit them for a profit resulted in his Uncle Ben's murder. Later, his attempts at maintaining the secret from his first love, Gwen Stacy, resulted in her death. It seemed as thou
Paperback, 152 pages
Published December 1st 2001 by Marvel Comics
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Johnny 1h45m—A little over an hour and a half, per a reading of the 2001 Trade Paperback edition with ISBN 9780785108061.
Johnny There are 6 chapters, but there is no Table of Contents:

🙤         Chapters         🙦
Chapter 1 Transformations, Literal & Otherwise
Chapter 2 Co…more
There are 6 chapters, but there is no Table of Contents:

🙤         Chapters         🙦
Chapter 1 Transformations, Literal & Otherwise
Chapter 2 Coming Home
Chapter 3 The Long, Dark Pizza of the Soul
Chapter 4 All Fall Down
Chapter 5 Meltdown
Chapter 6 Coming Out
Sketchbook by J. Scott Campbell

That per the 2011 Trade Paperback edition with ISBN 9780785108061.(less)
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Sean Barrs
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve not read a great deal of graphic novels. I’m slowly worming my way into the genre by reading one a week. So far it’s been quite slow. I’ve enjoyed a couple, but I’ve not felt an inclination to pursue reading them for much longer.

That’s changed.

I read this and I now consider myself a comic book fan.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: how can I consider myself a comic book fan when I’ve read so little? Well the answer is simple; this is the first comic I’ve read that has made me want to seri
Jaz Ramos
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I'm giving this 5 stars because it was amazing...
Get it? Amazing?
I am so sorry.
Jim Ef
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
A very strong first volume.
Straczynski writes the character well both in and out of costume. From beginning to end the story runs smoothly with humour and mystery, making it a very nice reading experience.
Tina ➹ Woman, Life, Freedom
4 Silver Stars
with Golden Sparks

also a good start if you want new material on Spider-man. (you know I'm looking for it for a long time)

more exciting (frightening!) plot & better (deeper) concept than Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Vol. 1: Into the Twilight, or The Superior Spider-Man, Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy or even Brand New Day.
though I'm telling you I loved them all, but the concept here had a deeper weaving into the story. & I liked the turn of the events.
new (Idk, I like him o
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So, I really picked this up because after reading J. Michael Straczynski's autobiography I realized that he had written this particularly excellent Spider-Man tale almost the moment after 9/11.

I kinda expected it to be ABOUT that, but color me surprised.

It's emotional, it's hard-hitting, and it's intelligent in a way I don't normally see in any but the very, very best comics, and it's NOT about 9/11.

It is about an indefatigable foe, giving back to our communities, and giving back to ourselves.

Sep 04, 2011 rated it liked it
There are two ways, that I know of, to re-imagine a superhero's origin. One way is to start completely from the beginning, changing, altering and adding to the characters already established story. This is a technique Spider-Man has seen a lot of. The second approach is to retroactively insert details or ideas into the origin that changes the story without altering events we're already familiar with. That's the technique JMS tries to employ in this volume of Spider-Man's "Amazing" brand. While I ...more
Pantelis Andreou
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect starting point for amazing spider-man!
Mar 31, 2014 rated it liked it
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This is my first ever time writing a Goodreads review, so please be gentle.

So, my sister is a social worker and her clients are all NGRI cases. NGRI as in "not guilty by reason of insanity" (Yes, it is a real thing and no, you cannot fake the defense in a court of law, like it frequently appears on TV). Unbeknownst to me, one of her clients in the state mental hospital gifted her this book for her nephew, apparently, because it had come up in conversation that he likes super heroes and she, in
J. Michael Straczynski's run on The Amazing Spider-Man is controversial and often falls under heavy criticism because of events that take place in the last few volumes, but we must keep in mind that this was a very strong run for several volumes, and this first installment is decent.

Straczynski is given the task of returning Peter Parker to the role of Spider-Man after a lengthy absence and sets up some themes that will be important through his run on the series. In this volume we are introduce
Himanshu Karmacharya
One of the problems with comic books is the recycling of old villains instead of creating new ones, and when they do create one, the villains turn out be weak (as a character) and utterly forgettable. Not here, not with this one.

Coming Home marks a new run of the Amazing Spider-man by Michael Straczynski and John Romita Jr. and bought of them have done an exceptional job. Straczynski's writing has a very nice flow to it, and each characters tend to have their own voice. Romira Jr. has definitely
Phillip Berrie
I'm an old Marvel comic book reader and as part of my second childhood I've subscribed to this series to get a nice collectible set of memories. I was also hoping to be brought up to date with the parts of Marvel's comic book canon that have changed since I stopped reading the comics.

I am also a great fan of J Michael Straczynski's work in Babylon 5 and therefore looked forward to the first issue in the series where he teams up with John Romita JR to tell the Spider-man story 'Coming Home'.

Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hard to not give this 5 stars, despite it being a very different animal to the other 5 star books on my list. However, I feel it deserves it as being one of the most interesting, original, and downright enjoyable Spidey stories for a long time; Amazing NEEDED a breath of fresh air, and JMS was the right man for the job. Plus the issue-long slugfest halfway through will not only have you on the edge of your seat, but is one of the most smartly written superhero punch-ups you will ever see. Spidey ...more
Mike Thomas
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent graphic novel, the first in a new series by Marvel. The story and artwork is top class, and the book itself is hardback and very nicely bound and presented, well worth the introductary price of £2.99. To be honest I looked up some of the upcoming stories in the series and found that the paperback versions of these graphic novels sell for about £12 - £15 each. This series normal price is £9.99 a novel, which are all hardback and are cheaper than the stores, very unusual and v ...more
Jan 08, 2009 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Enjoyable re-imagining of Spider-man. It is always risky when you take an iconic figure and show him in a brand new light and Straczynski handles it beautifully. Recommended!!!!
Dec 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing
4.5: Action heavy but still a strong story!
Tom A.
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Plague Review 4: The Amazing Spider-Man: Coming Home by J. Michael Straczynski, John Romita Jr., and Scott Hanna

Do you know what I miss the most in comics? Good storytelling. None of this present allergic and juvenile reaction to a horny orange man's victory is ever going to be considered as great writing, not in a billion years. They have made a mess of iconic characters, putting their political preferences and biases first in place of actual storytelling. The dearth of talent in the Comic Bo
For a group challenge, I needed an Eisner winner. This one won Best Serialized Story of 2002. It was easily accessible on Marvel Digital Unlimited, and it's also the beginning of the JMS run that I have meant to read for years.

Excellent stuff. I don't know what was going on before these issues, but it's clear we're experiencing a sea change in Peter's life. He's lost MJ, and he has a new job as a science teacher. Plus, some dude named Ezekiel has shown up and fed him all kinds of wacky info abo
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I found this comic book really good and engaging! It had a good storyline and was leading to a good end!
Sebastian Alanya
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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What an amazing experience! Reading my first Spider-Man comic and I'm very satisfied! ...more
Ivan Lex
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't understand why I haven't read this before ...


Honestly, this is one of the best stories I've read about Spider-man (and I've read a lot). I feel like this comic is necessary if you want to better understand some arcs like "The Other" and "Spiderverse" basically this book introduces Morlun, and all that totem shit, but it's not just that, it's a brilliant graphic novel!


To begin with, we have a much more mature Peter Parker in many ways, I have read many stages of the arachnid, but
Nov 29, 2007 rated it it was ok
I checked this out from my library because it helps me get my comic book "fix" to read an occassional graphic novel. My first reaction is that I am so incredibly under-impressed with the "style" of art in comic books/graphic novels today. I don't know if this style has been defined in any of the comic-related media, but I think of it as "comic book dwarfism" -- body parts, particularly heads, often larger than the rest of the body. While the coloring and inking might be better than that from the ...more
Luis T
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is about a teenager that got bitten by a spider that caused him to have spcial spider powers and now fights with evil and protects humans from danger.I liked this book a little so I gave it 4 stars.This book is fiction because a a spider can't give powers to a human.Ill recoend this book to my brother because he likes it a lot. ...more
Jun 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite artist working with one of my favorite writers. Even though I'm not a fan of Spider-Man, I love this graphic novel. ...more
Jul 12, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first comic and I really enjoyed it. Spider-Man is my favourite superhero for so many reasons. I love his earnestness, relatability, determination and his bizarre timing with his humour (often in the middle of fights lol).

Will be picking up more!
Xavier Guillaume
Woohoo! What an amazing book!

I've been wanting to get back into Spider-Man, but I knew I had a lot of catching up to do. Not a clue where to start, I figured it might as well be with Vol. 1. :) Little did I know how good it was going to be though.

In the beginning I wasn't sure what to make of it. The first issue (#30), was strange. Spider-Man talks to himself, he goes a little nuts, demolishes a building for no particular reason, makes a sexual innuendo about Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic). It wa
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a special release, with a really special introductory offer price, and so I decided, why not? However, I am not accustomed to reading Graphic Novels and Comics...

...but I did enjoy my first time (though I have no idea if the cheap price had anything to do with it). I mean the artwork is amazing, detailed, sleek and modern, with a lot of nice touches here and there. The story?; hmm, well it is the usual story in these cases I guess. Remember, I am not a fan of graphic novels... A big, bu
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J. Micheal Straczynski starts his apparently controversial run on Spiderman with this critically acclaimed first volume. Here we see an older middle-aged Peter Parker trying to make a name for himself as Peter Parker. He is reconciling his decision to be Spiderman but never giving up on it. This book is also a lot darker than I would have expected. Holy god. A very touchy topic is thrown in, and I don't know if it was necessary because it does not have an overbearing result on the story. I think ...more
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This volume brought me back as a Spider-Man fan (and back into comics) many years ago, when I first read it. I know that the spider-totem storyline isn't the most popular arc for Spidey fans, but I personally enjoyed it. This is the start of JMS's run on Spider-Man, which brings about the introduction of Ezekiel (an elderly man similar to Peter, with similar abilities), Peter's new role as a science teacher, and the continuation of Peter's adulthood with the 'every man' problems of marriage, mon ...more
Jun 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Currently it is one of my favorite comics since the spider man is my favorite super hero, I think the comic is incredible not only because of the fact that it has spider man, but also because at least for me when I read it I become again in a small.
Neuer Goretzka
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
main character well developed
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Joseph Michael Straczynski, 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 showrunner for the science fict

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