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The Amazing Spider-Man: Kraven's Last Hunt

(Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #293-294)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  8,633 ratings  ·  300 reviews
Kraven the Hunter has stalked and killed every animal known to man. But there is one beast that has eluded him - the wall-crawling web-slinger known as Spider-Man. And to prove that he is the hero's master, he will pull on his costume and become him - after he shoots and buries him six feet under!
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published August 23rd 2006 by Marvel (first published 1987)
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Definitely one of the strongest stories involving Spider-Man

This edition collects the storyline formally known as “Fearful Symmetry: Kraven’s Last Hunt”, originally published in “Web of Spider-Man #31 & 32, Amazing Spider-Man #293 & 294 and Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #131 & 132.

Writer: J.M. DeMatteis

Illustrator: Mike Zeck

Letterer: Rick Parker (I wanted to highlight him too, since his work in lettering on this particular storyline was superb.)

Dan Schwent
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kraven the Hunter, aware that he's getting too old for this shit, decides to go out with a bang. He drugs Spider-Man, beats the shit out of him, and buries him alive. Kraven, dressed as Spidey, goes on a rampage to prove he's better than Spider-Man, until Spider-Man digs his way out of the grave...

The great thing about Marvel Unlimited is that you can finally catch up on some of the epic stories you missed when you were a kid. This one was pretty bad ass.

In some ways, Kraven's Last Hunt is the p
Sam Quixote
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Kraven, a long-time Spidey villain, decides that he will hunt Spider-man as apparently Spider-man is the last creature he's been looking to defeat. But he also wants to prove that he’s a better Spider-man than Spider-man – for some reason.

That's pretty much the set-up but with a title like "Kraven's Last Hunt", something decisive is likely to happen like a death of sorts and seeing as the cover has Spidey climbing out of a grave, I'm guessing it's not him who pops it.

So here follows a review w
Nicolo Yu
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collected-comics
That creepy image of Spider-Man in his black costume rising from his own grave is enough to tell you that this won’t be your typical Spider-Man story. On its cover alone, this makes it an easy choice for my Halloween read number 2.

This is a perfect melding of story and art, all beautifully done, from J. M. DeMatteis dark, psychological script, to Mike Zeck’s lush pencils and colors and Bob McLeod’s bold inks. What results is something sublime that I am at a loss for words. Multiple readings woul
Jun 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I only inked and embellished this book over pencil art by Mike Zeck, but it's one of my best jobs, and the story is very good as well.
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a story were one of Spider-man villains drugs him, buries him alive for two weeks and then takes it upon himself to dress up as Spider-man and fight crime while he is high as a kite. It's as awesome as it sounds and it's one of the greatest Spider-man stories ever.

Kraven is a well established rogue for Spider-man. I wouldn't say he is A-list like Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus, but he's middle B-list material. I think his problem was that no writer had really done anything interesting w
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Why is Kraven so tortured by the spider figure? Everything in here revolves around that, but it is never explained, and how does he come in terms with it? and why did he wear the Spiderman suit?

This is usually listed as one of spider-man´s best stories, and it has a couple of interesting things, but in the end it seems to be a lot about nothing. The small flashbacks make this story interesting, and in general it has a fast pace, but there are many gaps in the whole thing. I had seen Kraven in o
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great Spider-Man story. A dark Spider-Man story. Spider-Man gets defeated and tormented by Kraven the Hunter. He burries him alive and steals his identity, giving Spider-Man a bad name by being far more violent than ol' Webhead is. He also sets Vermin loose on the world.
This all is part of Kraven's plan to die happily after defeating and replacing Spider-Man, becoming his superior in everything.

I liked the art, it made me bump the Secret Wars omnibi to the top of my omnibus wishlist, because of
3.0 stars. One of the best Spider-man story arcs of all time. Kraven the Hunter is portrayed very well as a gifted, talented individual whose personal demons and psychological problems have led him to focus on Spidey as the cause of everything that has gone wrong in his life. A very good story-line and one I remember liking very much. Recommended!!!
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spidey was a hero of my youth. His naïve optimism and freewheeling attitude appealed to me before real life had a chance to stuff it's bitter little realities down my throat. I will always have a soft spot for him, but I typically don't read much Amazing these days. Kraven's Last Hunt was a surprise for me. Bought it at a discount because I had never read the story and many have recommended it. It was certainly more to my tastes. Somber and dark, it's unique in the Spider-Man stories I've read. ...more
Jared Millet
A classic Spidey tale from the true Golden Age of comics - the late 80's. All the best-remembered Spider-Man stories revolve around the death of a major character (Gwen Stacy, etc) and this is no exception. Kraven was a minor Marvel villain for years. In this final Kraven story, DeMatteis reveals him to be a tortured soul battling his own personal demons, which he projected onto his hapless foe: our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. In the end, Kraven wins the battle he was truly fighting and fi ...more
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Incredible. Absolutely incredible. So far, this may be the best comic I have ever read (although, after finishing this I began reading "Marvels," and that may become my favorite due to how stellar it has been thus far).

If you are a Spider-Man fan, this is an absolute necessity. If you like Marvel in general, you owe it to yourself to check out "Kraven's Last Hunt."

Without giving anything away that isn't told in the blurb on the Amazon page, Kraven the Hunter kills Spider-Man, buries him, and t
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
In terms of Marvel's best writers of the '80s, I feel like DeMatteis often gets overlooked. Claremont and Miller were the biggest names of the time, overshadowing pretty much everyone else. DeMatteis had been a reliably excellent writer for years, doing brilliant runs on books like Captain America, Defenders, Dr. Strange and more. And then, there was this. A six-part story that ran in Spider-Man's three main books (Amazing, Spectacular, Web of). This was DeMatteis' opus at Marvel. His best work, ...more
Gary Butler
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
26th book read in 2016.

Number 14 out of 519 on my all time book list.

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So this is probably one of the most well known and beloved Spider-Man stories of all time. In fact, one of the most well known and beloved Marvel stories of all time. And I can see why. I knew the big thing that happens in this book a long time ago, so it was all just a matter of seeing what came after. And I gotta say. This book did impress me. Not just because it is a great tale of revenge, but because it is an unconventional character study that spans a very
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This is some creepy shit. Voices in heads, messages from drug-addled hallucinations, undercurrents of rage and other dark thoughts. Kraven decides(?) to off Spider-man, goes and does it, doesn't do it right.

Even despite the Wikipedia article documenting that this story was in DeMatteis' head long before Dark Knight and Watchmen, it's hard not to see the parallels - parallel light and dark inner monologues are the obvious stylistic choice that seems to have emerged spontaneously across creators
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of those comics that elevates the genre. It's like an epic poem or Shakespearean tragedy in comic form.
I first read this many years ago when it was released in six parts over three monthly Spider-Man titles: Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man, and Web of Spider-Man. (Wow, I remembered the comics without having to google them:-) I used to collect the main Spidey title as well as Batman.

This is one of the only Spider-Man stories that I still remember all these years later. It's surprisingly dark for a Spider-Man tale. I also remember being blown away by Mike Zeck's stunnin
Chris Gordon
What can I say? This has to be one of the best Spider-Man graphic novel around! Definitely not a typical Spidey comic in the least; this one is far more dark and serious.

Kraven's Last Hunt had such a deep storyline following Kraven's psychotic obsession to prove himself to be better than Spider-Man, going to some of the most extreme lengths a villain can possibly go to accomplish this feat. I always thought of Kraven as a transparent villain, one that just wanted to go after Spidey for the thri
Trey Piepmeier
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm picking some choice Spider-Man stories lately. I'm definitely getting my money's worth out of Marvel Unlimited.

I remember seeing these comics on the shelf when they first came out (1987), but didn't have the means or the patience to pick up every issue of the crossover event, apparently. I do have one or two of them, I believe.

This is another kind of weird, dark story like Fight Night. It goes off on long tangents where you get to see what a banana Kraven is (When Kraven comes up, what I thi
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is exactly the kind of story I want from my comics. And it's one that clearly comes from a writer that's unhinged--and DeMatteis admits as much in his introduction, saying that his life had gone to hell during the writing of this six-parter. The story is a mix of twisted madness and deep darkness, and it finds ingenuity through that askew perspective. I can see how some might argue it's too dark for Spider-Man, and Spider-Man is definitely without his trademark bright-side in this, but it d ...more
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOOGLE THIS IS GOOD!!! Sorry had a bit of a geek seizure there, but i can't describe how good this is! So this book features Kraven, he's done it all, seen it all, all his life dreams fulfilled except for one thing, Spider-man... So Kraven decides that the only way to beat spider-man is to become Spider-man, that's all I'll say for lack of spoilers. The Artwork was so good, there were panels so well down that you didn't need dialogue to explain what's happening or what transformation a cha ...more
James Torpy
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story is dark, but so good in the way it's drawn and written. It's only a six issue miniseries but this is the defeat of spidey, kraven finally winning and what he does with the mantle of the spider and taking down Vermin for later plans against spiderman. The story portrays that Kraven is crazy. Not just that, but absolutely bonkers !!!! He eats spiders, and drinks many poisons and spices to gain strength to take on spiderman ! In a way, spiderman is attacked mentally in this story after t ...more
Kurt Reichenbaugh
Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I've had this among my graphic novel collections for a while now but for some reason hadn't gotten around to reading it until very recently. It's considered a classic arc among Spider-Man stories, but Kraven never really interested me as a villain. Here DeMatteis burrows into Kraven's psychological make-up to reveal a twisted / tormented soul on the edge of true madness. I was less caught up with the Vermin aspect of the story. But it was overall pretty good.
Dylan Magoon
very good comic book i like the story line of this better than some of the spider man movies. on how he had to fight to bad guys and the same time doc otto and kraven. peter would go to school knowing he was being hunted by kraven. and would also try to stop doc otto from building a nuclear fusion rector that would destroy new york city. the art work had a lot of different shots it had a lot of over the shoulder and low shots looking up at spider man on a roof. spider man gained alot of confiden ...more
Francisco Becerra
This is one of the best Spiderman story arcs I've read, and the best written by De Matteis; I've read what he has done with Doctor Fate and the Phantom Stranger for DC, and this is beyond them by far. Gripping, visceral, a total punch in the gut. This is how you transform one second-rate villain into a credible menace, into something memorable. I wanted to read this story for a while, and it was beyond my expectations.
Richard Knight
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I actually read all the stories that led up to Kraven's Last Hunt (Including some corny stories with Wolverine), so that's why it gets a middling score, since the actual six-story saga of Kraven's Last Hunt is phenomenal. It's crazy all the crummy stories that came before it (Notably, Spider-Man getting married to Mary Jane) since Kraven's Last Hunt is a watershed moment in comics. Overall, a great narrative hampered by some amateurish kiddy stuff before it. Kraven's Last Hunt stands on its own.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Pretty art. Dated color. Needs revising. Story bit of a let-down considering it's lofty rating in Spidey cannon.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ehhhh I guess it's ok. I don't really like Kraven as a villain and Black suited Spider-Man should act in a demented manner. Here he's just some wimpy version of himself.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Classic artwork, and I appreciate the attempted departure from a traditional Spider-man story arc. Yet, it didn't seem to live up to all the hype for me. Perhaps the subject material would've hit harder at the time it was published, but today, it comes off as feeling in the same vein as Frank Miller's best works. With that being said, I didn't find the same philosophical depth as Miller's Daredevil run or the Dark Knight Returns. I'd still suggest it to anyone in search of a break from tradition ...more
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Also Credited As:
DeMatteis, John Marc
Ellis, Michael
Lombego, Wally

J.M. DeMatteis was a professional musician/singer and rock music journalist before entering comics in the late 70's.

Credits include Spider-Man, Moonshadow, Brooklyn Dreams, Justice League, Abadazad, Hero Squared, the Life and Times of Savior 28.

Created I, Vampire , Creature Commandos, Moonshadow, Hero Squared (co-creator), Abadaz

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