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Spider-Man: Election Day (The Amazing Spider-Man, Vol. II)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  773 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
It's the climax to a year's worth of Spider-Man stories as questions are answered and Spidey's new world is rocked to its core. Who's the person terrorizing people as Menace? Who's behind the Spider-Tracer Killings? Who's going to be the Mayor of New York City? Marc Guggenheim and John Romita Jr. have all the answers.
Collects Amazing Spider-Man #584-586 and material from S
Paperback, 184 pages
Published January 27th 2010 by Marvel (first published 2009)
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Spidey is accused of a crime during elections in New York City and has to defend himself with the help of a certain blind attorney. A variation of the Green Goblin makes an appearance and as usual Spidey dwells on his guilt.

There is a side episode in which Spidey meets Obama and they basically high five each other for being awesome.

Artwork was somewhat good to very good.

May 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Meh. The Obama and Lincoln special issues that get tacked on to the end are pretty painful to read. The rest of it is just ok.
Trashy Dreams
Jan 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
DISCLAIMER: The Obama issue --which is included in this trade-- was so bad (especially the art), I am baffled that Marvel (or anyone with ANY sense) would ever choose to release it! With their amazing arsenal of artists-- they went with Zebb Wells??!?! Was EVERY OTHER artist out sick that day, that no one else could do these nine pages?

That being said, everything else in ELECTION DAY is a top notch Spidey Brand-New-Day-era read, so I give it 5 stars.

You get Romita Jr. again on art duties, Gugg
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sadly, this trade has the looks of a collection about Obama and the Presidential Election. Actually, what's inside is the the culmination of months of storylines mainly the NYC Mayoral election. In this we get to see the reveal of Menace, the election results, the spider-tracer killer revealed, and more. It was packed with action and JRJR was his normal awesome artistic self. Really great stuff. The other parts of the trade were just backup items for the most part with the high selling Obama iss ...more
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ties up a years worth of three-issues-a-month stories and does a good job of it. The whole run since the god awful 'One More Day' retcon has had a freshness to it - introducing new characters and putting new spins on characters we're familiar with. Excited to see what's next.
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice conclusion for two main arcs
Mar 29, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trades-read
I think I'm starting to prefer Spidey on a team, and not all on his own. I got this, but just wasn't interested in reading it.

Think I'll get my fill of Spidey from the Avengers.
tony dillard jr
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The days of the New York mayoral election are coming to a close and the polls show the race neck and neck. The only thing that could swing it in either sides favor is a massive takedown of a super villain or maybe your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

A serial killer is on the loose and the murderer been planting patented Spider-Tracers on the corpses. With the cops on his trail, Spider-Man is seriously wounded. A quick escape is just what the web-slinger needs. But a run-in with a new Goblin-
I'm sorry, but *this* is who they ended up choosing to play Menace after all this time? I gotta wonder if it was planned this way, or they half-assed it after some of the storylines had already been committed.

Dead giveaway that this was a shitty plot: they had to spend a whole issue explaining how this had all come about, and how all the previous plot fragments fit together. If this was self-explanatory I'd be willing to go along with the premise - as it is, I've had to swallow this broken glass
Adam Gent
Spider-Man: Election Day
by Marc Guggenheim

Review by Adam Gent

A wounded and battered Spider-man finally faces off against the police and Menace.

To be honest I usually write a big review for books or comics but not this time. I had enjoyed the previous issues of Brand New day but the promises of Election Day just didn't deliver.

The inevitable face off against Menace was pretty quick and to be honest didn't really satisfy the long story which had been building it up. The story just seemed to floa
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Collects Amazing Spider-Man issues #584-588, material from Amazing Spider-Man: Extra! #1 and #3, the "Gettysburg Distress" online comics, and the Spider-Man/Barack Obama team-up from Amazing Spider-Man issue #583

In this collection, the mysterious identity of Menace is revealed.

The spider-tracer serial killer case is also solved.

On top of that, the mayoral contest that has been happening in the pages of "Amazing Spider-Man" for quite some time now comes to a conclusion, and we find out who is ele
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
This volume is fine, but would be of most interest to those who have followed the larger storyline. As I have not, I had trouble getting into the depth the story truly deserved. Being familiar with the general history and direction of Spider-Man and the Marvel 616 universe in general really helped me as once again, Marvel demonstrated the interconnectedness of the 616 universe. The downside is that new(er) readers in particular stand a greater chance of being confused.

The Obama hype that surrou
Andrew Shafer
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
The main story was par for the course. The Menace reveal and the other characters reactions to it were great but the reveal about the spider-tracer killings was fairly lame though some of the stufff resulting from it was pretty cool.

The obama issue was interesting not great , or even really good but it was interesting.

The lincoln issue suffered from a terrible story surrounding the gettysburg address and horrible art, but including the entire address and making sure that they mentioned how linco
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Yet another variation on the Goblin. *sigh* Overall not a very strong story arc. Maybe I would have felt more connection to some of the characters besides Spidey if I had read the issues preceding the ones collected here.

And the Obama story was only a single issue. I expected it to be longer with it being the cover and all. Actually glad it wasn't any longer since it wasn't very good. Then again, they couldn't really do much with an actual public figure, especially one as popular as Obama when h
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Some good stuff in this book, some not so good stuff. I liked the Spartacus Gambit. But Spidey was acting a bit out of character at some points, particularly when he was choking out Carapace. Plus several characters with ridiculous motives and reasoning, but at least most them that's fairly normal.

Also Spider-Man, see what happens when you come up with lame excuses? Like "I used you for a decoy, and that's why Kraven thought you were Spider-Man". It comes back to bit you.

Spidey likes fruit-loops
Paul Hasbrouck
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
In this volume, a year long story arc comes to an end, and Peter goes through hell! Shoot, beaten up, jailed and the worse has to go to court(with a local blind lawyer helping him)! The mysteries that have haunting Spider-man will be solved by the end, who is Menace?, are the Osborns here to stay? Who will be Mayor of NYC and finally who is The Spider-Tracer Killer?
Exciting and the art is done by the great John Romita JR. so i enjoy the main story very much. But the three little back stories wer
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This comic would have been so much better if it were all like the two issues at the end. Unfortunately, the fans and writers of super hero comic books take themselves way too seriously. As a result we get half-assed attempts at drama and a story that doesn't really go anywhere. Super hero comics would be so much better if they had the guts to be stupid and goofy. In the end, the whole concept of super heroes is stupid in and of itself and it would be better if these properties would be treated a ...more
Dec 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, spider-man
This storyline ties up a lot of the BND subplots and manages to do it in an interesting and realistic manner. It's an engaging story, surprising at times and with a satisfying conclusion. Plus the art by JRJ looks great. The tag on the end Obama story is pretty weak but not enough to bring it down.
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a shit Taco this was. There were only a couple things worthwhile about this book; the John Romita Jr art, the part of the book where the conspirators placed spider tracers on dead bodies to make it look like Spider-Man had killed people, a pretty good cover, and the microscopic appearance of Joe Biden. The rest - shit taco. And you're not dumb enough to eat a shit Taco, are you?
Fraser Sherman
Lee/Ditko it's not, but this was a fun read as the mayoral election in NYC leaves Spidey coping with both the supervillain Menace and the discovery Peter's roommate is "the spider tracer killer!" Though the President Obama election day story is even more fun.
An interesting reveal about the identity of a new Spidey villain as well as its implications for future stories is the highlight of this collection.

What isn't so welcome is the Spidey meets Obama story that takes place on inauguration day. It's weak.
Eric Mikols
Sep 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spider-man
Aside from the "extra" stories in the back, the rest of this volume was satisfying. Matt Murdock shows up, which makes me happy, the identiy of Menace is revealed and is a surprise, and the spider-tracer killer is caught. Good stuff, with plenty of plot-threads hanging for more.
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good wrap-up to many of the storylines that have been going on since the "reboot". Guggenheim and Romita Jr. were good choices to handle this story.
James DeSantis
Why the hell was obama even on here? For one issue while the rest of the comic dealt with something way different? Very odd choice.
May 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked: JR jrs art work, the police being behind the frame up on the Spidertracer killings, Daredevil as Spideys lawyer. Hated: the "reveal" of Menace as Lily, The loathsome Obama issue.
Shannon Appelcline
Nice to get some closure on several issues that have been running since the beginning of Brand New Day.
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comicbooks, dc-marvel
I liked the tribute to the Gettysburg Address.
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good solid book, with a terribly weird villain reveal and as always way too much exposition for what should be a scene where people do anything but stand around and vaguely emote at each other.
Miguel Abuel
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Cover is a bit of a lie since it isn't the main arc. The main arc itself is a bit meh. Good artwork weak storyline. Also it tacks on issues on then end for extension.
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