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This is a sad collection of dreck. The first story, 'Hooky,' by Putney is the only redeeming story in this compendium. A meditation on leaving youth, it's strange and unique and dreamy but at least represents a sincere attempt to do something different than what you'd have found in a standard issue of 'Amazing.' The other stories range from pedestrian to sleep-inducing to hackneyed. Not worth your time...
I've been reading Spider-Man comics for 20 plus years but my collecting did not really gain any kind of cohesion until the mid-late 90's, by then the graphic novels reprinted here for the first time were long since out of print. For years I had wanted to read 'Hooky' and 'Spirits of the Earth' so when browsing my local comic store last month I happened upon this hardcover, I couldn't buy it fast enough.Hooky (1986) written by Susan Putney and illustrated by Bernie Wrightson is an odd one. Webhead follows a young magician through a portal into the 'dimension of Cloudsea' to help her overcome an enemy unto which she has been cursed. The beast- a morphing monstrosity called 'The Tordenkakerlakk' can never be defeated the same way twice and regenerates after every defeat Spidey inflicts bigger and stronger. This makes for some cool splash pages but it also means the story feels rather one dimensional. For me this was a case of style over substance and even the visuals are occasionally ropey with Spidey's mask being rendered rather poorly. Little things like that bug rallel Lives (1989) Gerry Conway / Alex Saviuk is a classic, but one that splits opinions as it details how MJ discovered Peter's id and how this affected their relationship through the years (as when it was revealed she knew in ASM#257 a lot of readers felt she had never displayed and prior indication of this knowledge). Depending where you stand on that what can't be denied is how well constructed this story is. Conway brilliantly weaves the tales of MJ's and Peter's formative years together so for the first time you really get an understanding of who MJ is, before whizzing through a greatest hits of Spidey's costumed career including a memorable showdown with Doc Ock. Also worth praise is the work of Alex Saviuk- in a career defining best the whole book is beautifully illustrated in a classic Romita style way above his work on the lengthy Web of Spider-Man good as Parallel Lives is, it's Spirits of the Earth (1990) that stands as the centrepiece of the collection. Born out of writer/illustrator Charles Vess' affinity for the Scottish highlands this tale sees Peter and Mary Jane taking a second honeymoon in Scotland after MJ learns she has inherited a cottage from a recently deceased relative. I won't spoil what follows, but can tell you the story is satisfyingly slow in building, perfectly letting PP/SM adapt to his new environment, beautifully painted and overall is unlike anything else in Spidey comics before or since.Fear Itself (1992) Don't let the shiny Joe Jusko cover fool you, despite being created by some big names- Gerry Conway, Stan Lee and Ross Andru this one is the weakest of the bunch. When megalomaniac the Baroness steals the fear inducing `cassidy crystals' from Osborn industries, it's up to Spidey and Silver Sable to infiltrate her Bavarian castle and redeem them. The story starts off well as Sable recounts the Baroness' ties to WWII nut job Baron Zemo, but after that the whole adventure is pretty routine stuff and aside from one twist late on you know how it's going to end. To summarise this collection is definitely worth picking up for the avid Spider-fan. Parallel Lives and SOTE are both excellent and along with the other two stories comprise the only in-print versions of these comics.
This collection contains some legendary Spider-man stories that hadn't been reprinted in many years. Parallel Lives, despite criticism from some writers (which makes no sense given what is in the comic itself) is an amazing story that shows the connection between spider-man and Mary Jane but also a third life is paralleled. Hooky, while having a somewhat uneven story, contains some of the greatest art ever in spider-man comics and must be seen to be believed. Spirits of the Earth is a real treat for the fans as it contains not only amazing artwork but also writing that is deeply personal. Fear Itself toys with different genres and revives an old enemy not seen for many years.
This is very disappointing to me. Graphic novels should be interesting. But I found all four novels to be not e first story is a weird dimensional tripping into another universe where Spidey encounters putrescent horror after horror. These beasties are usually found in Conan the Barbarian and have no place in a Spidey tale. And really, the best artist for inter-dimensional tripping was Steve Ditko with Dr e second story was basically rehashing the whole Spidey origins tale, now interwoven with more panels of Mary Jane. All Ross Andru stuff with additional artwork. So a rerun of all the comics I had before. I didn't read the third and fourth novel because by then, I had lost all interest in the comic. The artwork was just ghastly throughout, except for the Ross Andru copied artwork, and all the colouring was garish. The cover artwork is quite different from the interior panels. Just be aware of the contents before you order this stuff unseen.
For the surprising price this book is worth it, and this story got a little dark at times, but epic in others. This story is interesting but the 'death's' got a bit repetitive at times, but it was needed to tell the story. It can be a bit dark at times as well, but it will keep you hooked to the story. One thing I loved was the presence of Magneto, every time he entered something epic happened and was really put out what kind of powerhouse he is. If your unsure of the X-men and looking for a classic story, this is definitely worth checking out!
A bit dated with how hokey some of the language is. The panels can be a bit awkward. This was top of the line back in the day, so maybe not fair to compare it to today's comics. The story itself is classic, timeless.
By far one of the best X-Men stories, comic stories ever...the subject matter is as relevant today as when it was first published, I've lost interest in the X-Men over the years, but this was an awesome look back at a truly great story.
Nice art but retelling of a story which has been told. If you don't know Stryker story, then is good read with nice art. But if a long fan as I am, you won't find anything new. Showcases Kitty.
Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel is the adaptation of the famous kid's novel, Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, who has sold millions of Fowl books to kids and adults alike. Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old genius who is taking on the world of the fairies: gnomes, elves, dwarves and the like. He has a plan to score a ton - literally - of gold, but will it work out the way he plans?Artemis Fowl, from what I've gathered from the graphic-novel adaptation, is an extremely well-crafted novel. The fairy world is rich, full of technology and well realized. Artemis himself is an interesting character, with several companions. The graphic novel is well drawn and well colored. The redaction from novel to graphic novel is my biggest worry. While pages and pages go into the description of the characters in a novel, often only a drawing will suffice in the graphic adaptation. The creators of the graphic novel fix this by dedicating a "file" page to most of the characters and several of the settings and technologies.I have somewhat mixed feelings about Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel, and I want to explain why I'm giving it **** instead of ***** or ***. The adaptation does tend to drag just a little bit, and I have to say, as someone who's read the graphic novel but not the novel, that the novel has to be incomparably better. I generally don't like adaptations too much, but this is a very strong effort. In particular, I liked the lettering, which varied from when someone was talking to when someone was thinking or speaking off-page to when something was generally being explained. There is too much detail and craft in this book to give it a *** rating, but not enough overall strength to give it a ***** rating. ****
I loved the Artemis Fowl books. I read all eight of them a couple times. I bought this for my younger brother, who is not much of a reader. The graphic novel gets the story across but with serious damage to the integrity of it. My brother liked it (He read it in less than a day) but is not crazy about it. I actually went ahead and read it (took me almost an hour) and it left me with a bad feeling in my mouth... I HATE the way most characters are depicted and I hate how much of the story was left out. So bottom-line it was OK for a graphic novel and flimsy at best if you compare it to the actual books.
Gave this book to my dyslexic god-son, he loves it! He has problems creating mental pictures from written words and this has helped him tremendously. I read Artemis Fowl when I was younger and enjoyed it, I have no doubt that my god-son will enjoy this book and the other books in this series.
He found the book to be interesting and exciting, and read it multiple times. Many people complain that kids are not reading books without pictures. However, I find that students who otherwise would not be readers get hooked on reading BECAUSE of graphic novels, and once they develop the habit of reading, are less intimidated by reading other texts in high school, and develop a great expanse of background knowledge to improve their reading, whether they are reading graphic novels or more traditional texts.
This book was a real disappointment. The story may be great but the print is WAY to small.We got it with the intention of giving it to our grandson who likes fantasy type books.We had to get out magnifying lenses to read everything. It should have been published in amuch larger book. We have no idea how something like too small print ever past the editor!!!
Eoin Colfer has created a very enjoyable fairy-meets-technology teen genius series in Artemis Fowl. This graphic novel of the first book is an interesting comic adaptation, but for me it falls short of the e world constructed by Colfer is rich in imagination and humor, and somehow this book loses both in the drawing and writing. The translation into graphic novel is a tricky one, because the creation of fantasy characters based on traditional icons like fairies and dwarves requires some interpretation of ideas people already have in their is book is a clunker, while the rest of the series soars.
Title: Miles Morales: SpidermanAuthor: Jason ReynoldsAge Group: Teen/Young AdultGenre: Contemporary Fiction/ActionSeries: StandaloneStar Rating: 5 out of 5 StarsI borrowed this book from my local library and reviewed it.Okay, so, anyone who knows me really well will tell you that I am absolutely obsessed with superheroes. DC, Marvel, it doesn't matter, just give to me! Spiderman was one of the first Marvel superheroes I was ever obsessed with, so when I heard that Jason Reynolds, a prominent African-American, young adult author, was writing a new book about one of Spiderman's incarnations, I was so stoked. And I was even more excited when I realized that the book focused on Miles Morales, a boy who is half African-American and half Puerto-Rican. Yay for diverse characters! Penning a novel full of action, with important, timely issues spread throughout, like racism, classism, and the sorry state of the U.S. prison system. What a thought-provoking book; definitely one of my favorites of 2017!Miles Morales is just an average kid from Brooklyn, attending a posh boarding school and doing his best to get the attention of Alicia, a pretty girl in his class, and stay under the radar of his creepy, not so subtle racist teacher, Mr. Chamberlain. The one exception to his ordinariness? He's Spiderman! Yes, the Spiderman, web-slinger extraordinaire. When he uncovers a plot with his family and the entire city of Brooklyn at its center, Miles must decide if he wants to leave the mantle of Spiderman behind, or if he will continue his legacy as the friendly neighborhood hero...I adored this book! Easily one of my favorite books of 2017, and what a time to read this! Rife with personal issues, hilarious banter, beautiful prose, and timely political issues, Reynolds has done nothing less than hit a home run with this book. Plus, I loved the way that a diverse character was introduced. The Spiderman that I'm used to is the classic Peter Parker, and it was really refreshing to get a Spiderman that had a diverse heritage. And the chemistry between him and Alicia! Excuse me for a moment while I swoon. But even more than all of these things, I loved the way Reynolds talked about racism, the way it affected the past and present. And that ending though--I loved it! It was such a fitting end to a book that spoke so much about activism and helping your fellow man! If there was ever a book we needed to read in this current political climate, it's Miles Morales! A superhero novel for all ages, I loved it so much! I can only hope that there's more to come from Reynolds and our friendly neighborhood Spiderman! The bottom line: A book that revolves around family, identity, and what it really means to be a hero, I loved Miles Morales! One of my favorite books of the year! Next on deck: The Spell Book of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle!
Miles Morales is Spider-Man. He is a superhero wielding incredible power and strength, wrapped up in the guise of a not so heroic 16-year-old teen who is simply trying to manage the intricacies of homework, a school crush, and trying to stay out of the hair of the peskiest of teachers at his school. He is a down to earth kid from Brooklyn with a family who loves him and keeps him grounded, a best friend (Ganke) who is like a brother, and a well-deserved scholarship he earned to attend the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. But life ain't all roses. An unfortunate, deadly accident is at the core of a family secret that truly is best kept buried...for , of course, there would be no need for a superhero unless there were, in fact, a villain; one who works in sinister ways toward the destruction of a community in trouble. Bent towards keeping those who would become great, oppressed, downcast, and hopeless. The war for Spider-Man is very real. A battle that rages on in both the natural and unseen realm by which the ultimate prize (for the enemy) is their demise. What a burden to bear. When it all comes down to it though, is it solely the job of the friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man to save the community? Or do its members use their power, their gifts, their voice, to fight as well?As a fan of Marvel, I was very excited for this book! That excitement increased especially as the cover was revealed, illustrated by the awe-inspiring, Kadir Nelson, whose work is in every way brilliant! Jason Reynolds brought Brian Michael Bendis' Spider-Man (Miles Morales) to life superbly, making him every bit mysterious and relatable. As much as I love Miles, I adore his best friend Ganke just the same. He is the kind of friend we'd all hope for; having Miles' back at the toughest of times, making him laugh, and keeping him encouraged to fight the good fight.I truly enjoyed reading Miles Morales and hope that there will be a 2nd and 3rd book in the works (can we get a trilogy, Jason?). There is more I would like to know about the mysterious Spider-Man.
This book started well, but failed in the ending. The author did a great job setting Miles Morales up at Brooklyn Vision Academy with his classes, struggling to balance classes, friends, family and potential love interest. The depiction of his best friend Ganke was great fun loving character, but when he turned to the superhero side of Morales, the ball was dropped. I felt connected and sympathetic towards Miles and wanted to follow his story as a teenage high schooler. Unfortunately, the "superhero" side of the novel was a huge disappointment along with the finale and conclusion. The villain, which all superhero's have (i.e. Dr Octopus, Sandman, Green Goblin, etc.), was not explained or explored in any depth and lacked interest. No explanation of where or why the villain did what he did. The villain was uninteresting, no motivation, in fact, no explanation about the villain, how he got his powers, etc. In fact, the villain and ending where forced into the book instead of being seamlessly intertwined in the story. The villain and climax was so awkwardly placed in it felt more like an agenda to be foisted upon the reader rather than a true superhero story. It was tacked on without any forethought or planning. A good start, but a bad ending, with no real meaning or depth to the conflict. Nice try, but ultimately falling short.
At first, I felt this was just a bad Spider-Man book, but really, it's just a bad book. Numerous plotlines are left unresolved, many characters are underdeveloped, and Miles Morales, an established character, had his characterization twisted to fit the role the author designed for him. And let's not forget the villain with his nebulous powers and underdefined backstory. This book is avoidable at all costs.
One of the worst books I've ever read. There is no plot or story. A Spider-Man book where nothing really happens except Miles goes to school for a week. We get no answers why this teacher is harassing Miles, why all these Mr. Chamberlains are targeting minority youths or why they are having the same dreams. The villain of the book is only in it for the last 20 pages. We get no resolution. Miles uses his powers in his civilian clothes to win a dance-off in a crowded subway car. Miles's dad is portrayed as an a-hole who acts like his child is a burden for most of the book. Oh, and find me one glass backboard at a public park in Brooklyn. They don't exist for the very same reason as in the book. Because kids break them dunking off them. The author is supposed to have grown up in Brooklyn. You'd think he would have paid attention to his surroundings. This book is truly awful.
This book is brilliant. "Miles Morales" is a totally enthralling read, with an audiobook that takes it over the top. The plot is thrilling and thought provoking, the writing is compelling, the characters are vibrant, and funny. I love this book, and before going in, I wasn’t even sure I’d like it. I’ve never read a comic book that wasn’t named Archie, but here I am, fan-girling about a Spider-man novel, and hoping that Jason Reynolds writes a es Morales is a sixteen-year-old boy, with super speed, super strength, the power to camouflage, can throw webs, and has a spidey sense that he thinks has been malfunctioning. He’s also a sixteen-year-old, only child from Brooklyn, with a Puerto Rican momma and an African American father who have invested their hopes, dreams, and money to allow Miles to go to a prestigious private school so he can get off the the story begins, Miles is suspended from school after a conflict with his history teacher. Miles begins to wonder if his powers are glitchy because he’s been getting in trouble, and if he’s predestined to go bad. He’s battling the painful events of his past, while juggling the pressures of his future. Jason Reynolds’ Miles Morales is smart, endearing, charming, and easy to love and root for. Guy Lockard’s narration is perfect, with a dynamism that makes the characters jump out at is is a fantastic young adult novel. It’s a book that adults will read and enjoy, but I think teenagers will love it, so if you have one or know one, push this on them. It’s both meaningful and entertaining–timely too. I love how Reynolds interprets Miles’ story. It’s real, even if it is about a kid who’s part spider who swings around the city and battles a villain who tries to control his city. Miles himself has layers, and comes with the added bonuses that are his hilarious best friend (love you, Ganke!), and his sweet parents, with a few other lively side you want to read a fresh and multifaceted take on the Spider Man? Do you want a story about family, friendship, romance, history, and what it means to fight for your future? Do you want to be taken on a fun ride, while being moved by the truth of the message. If you do, then read "Miles Morales."“You can’t be out there saving the world when your neighborhood ain’t even straight.”
Unfortunately this was a major disappointment. Miles was almost never Spider-Man, the characters felt different from the comics, and a lot of didn’t seem to make much sense. The conversation of race was a good one, but it felt more like a book on race and less of a superhero book. I wish there was more of a balance, it would have made the story a stronger one. I don’t recommend this book as a superhero book, and if you want to read Miles’s story just pick up the comics.
I don't have much history with the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man, so I can't speak to how this book ties into other stories about this character. And this is not an origin story; Miles already has his powers and has been using them when the story starts. I thought this was great because the story focused on how Miles felt his powers were getting in the way of the rest of his life. That was an interesting twist. I enjoyed the diverse cast of characters in this book, and I thought the villain situation was timely for the current culture. There were many things left open for future stories.
This was a really fun, interesting version of spiderman. The art was also great, along with the writing. I liked how Prowler was back, so there were definitely homages to older Spidey material, while giving us some cool, new innovations, like the new spider mobile. All-in-all, the comic was true to the character while putting him in a new-and-interesting situation, while maintaining the light-yet-serious tone of Spiderman. Good read.
The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 4 Dan Slott (W), Giuseppe Camuncoli (A)Contains some SpoilersSpider-Man is rebooted yet again. After Spider-Man’s death in issue 700. The Superior Spider-Man took over for a while with Otto Octavius within Peter Parker’s body. In 2014 Parker was back in his own body and lucky to be alive! Spider-Man was rebooted starting with issue 1. Spider-Man unlocks Silk eventually and is hunted down by Morlun which led to the next plot Spider-Verse. Peter Parker from Earth-616 teams up with Spiders from different Earths to stop following the All New, All Different Marvel; The Amazing Spider-man is re-launched with Peter Parker running Parker Industries it says in the description above Parker has business officers in New York, Shanghai, London and San Francisco. To keep his identity Parker has a bodyguard who made an appearance in the Spider-Verse Hobie Brown (Prowler) dressed in Spider-Man’s outfit swings and saving the day while Peter is being seen by everyone around is exciting to see the different Spiders teaming up with Parker, but the expansion away from New York has the book going in all types of directions. It starts off in Shanghai and you are left confused because the Spiral story followed the Spider-Verse and left us nothing to introduce this next phase.
Our almost three-year-old grandson is enamored withSpiderman, superheroes, and dinosaurs. He loves havingthis book read to him and is now picking out words aswe read to him. It is a good purchase for toddlers andpre-schoolers.
My 4-year-old son loves spiderman and books, so when I saw this book/comic at such a low price, I immediately jumped on it. Great decision!The book has a total of 30 "useful" pages, each of them with some scene from Peter's life and a couple of very simple sentences. For example, some of the text in the pages is:- Page 4-5: "Peter lives in Queens. Queens is in New York City."- Page 14-15: "Peter has a super secret.", "He has a costume."- Page 24: "Spider-Man can climb up walls."And so , I do find this book focus mostly on Peter's life, and not so much on Spiderman as a superhero. There are only 6 pages with Spiderman with the mask where he is actually doing superhero stuff, and all the others are just introducing Peter's life, his school and his tools. I actually like the idea of teaching my son about Spiderman's identity, but if you are looking for some action scenes, this is not your e only thing I did not like from this book is that it shows how Spiderman is bullied at school (Page 11). I do not like the idea of showing to my son how Peter is bullied and neither the teachers nor he do anything about it. What kind of message sends that everybody lets the bullying happen, and then just go with "Peter does not care" (Page 12) and "At home, no one makes fun of Peter" (Page 13)? We ended up cutting off Page 11/12 (so my book now jumps from 10 to 13), and rewriting 13 to say that Aunt May is happy with how good Peter is in studies.I still rate this 5 stars because it is a great value and my son loves it, but the writers should have put a little more thought into the bully part!
My 5 year old loves this book. There are a few difficult words for a beginner but most of the words in the book are easy for her to sound out. I like that even though it is an easy book to read it still tells the Spider-Man story. The neighborhood kindergarteners all come to my house to try to read this book.
My son is 2 & 1/2, so I didn't buy this book to be a reading exercise, just a toddler level superhero story. The book arrived earlier today, just before nap time, and he was very excited to hear a new Spider-man story. Too bad Spider-man appears on less than half the pages. This is really a book about Peter Parker with some Spider-man thrown in. Still, my son liked it, so I can't complain too much. The illustrations are good and the short sentences would be good for a child learning to read. We'll have to wait and see if he wants to hear it again.
Reading comics digitally on Kindle has been a great way for me to catch up on big events throughout Marvel's history for a reasonable price. I know the mantle of Captain Marvel has been passed down a few different times now and I decided I wanted to go straight to the not expect a ton of action in this book. That's not what it's about. What it is about is the life and death of one of the greatest hero's in all the universe. Despite defeating monsters, aliens, psychopaths, and super villain, cancer is a menace Mar-Vell cannot defeat. As he looks back on his triumphs, his failures, his impact, and the friends and loved ones he leaves behind, we feel Mar-Vell's mortality, his confusion, his fear. It's incredibly moving, heartbreaking, and inspirational. Heroes and villains gather to say their farewells to the legendary Kree warrior, showcasing the different ways an individual deals with impending death of a loved one. These parts were especially heart wrenching.I highly recommend this to anyone that hasn't yet read it, or for someone relatively new to comics to get a better idea of the legacy of a major character.
I read sad stories but don't like them. This book about captain marvel dying from cancer is almost as sad as bambis mom getting shot by hunters. The artwork is good. Plot is a step above the usual slugfest. Not suitable for 12 or younger. Ties up what some bit players were doing at this point in the marvel universe.
I have always had a fondness for Captain Marvel, don't know why, but represented the best we could try to be, and as a kid , reading his stories, I set a big goal for my life. Sad he died ,but he is one that one way or another remains in current stories. Good book.
I have always been a fan of Mar-Vell of the Kree (he later anglicized his name). This is the single greatest Marvel story ever. It really is full of pathos and wonder, and only Jim Starlin who had the greatest impact on this character could have written and drawn it. I still have the original and got this version so I don't have to expose it to my fingers. A truly touching story.
This is a spectacular graphic novel. It was Marvel's first graphic novel ever published and it still holds up as a great story even by today's standards. The emotions portrayed are deep and moving. Jim Starlin is a master storyteller and writes spectacular Sci-Fi. This is a must although I do recommend purchasing and reading "Avengers vs. Thanos" first. While not necessary, I feel it will thoroughly deepen your enjoyment of this comic milestone.
Captain Marvel is not a character I cared about - I wasn't introduced to him via Saturday morning cartoons or the MCU. But this made me care - not because of his superheroic adventures, but because it's a well told story of a man and his friends facing an unexpected end.
A very different comic book, covering some heavier themes in life but squarely set in the marvel universe. I didn't know too much about Captain Marvel coming into it, but the storytelling was so well done that it didn't matter I recommend the book.
This volume collects the first six issues of this friendly neighbourhood series (plus a couple of short stories) which puts Peter Parker and Spider-Man back in his/their real world. I haven’t been this happy with a Spider-Man volume since before “Brand New ’s got dialogue, art, and character-development above and beyond the run-of-the-mill; it’s got villains old and new, friends old and new, characters old and new, Iron Mans old and new, continuity old and new, and the final showdown with J. Jonah e Marvel actually trying to publish comics that people want to buy again?
This author knows how to make a classic feel new again and beyond intriguing to all levels for comic fans. Chip is the next big thing at Marvel, and I can't wait for more.
One of the best X-Men stories!I usually don't like my comics to deal with real world problems, they are a nice escape from those but this one is great, dealing with the oldest and most relevant of all racism, it's a good story of a never ending battle.
By far one of the best X-Men stories, comic stories ever...the subject matter is as relevant today as when it was first published, I've lost interest in the X-Men over the years, but this was an awesome look back at a truly great story.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” has no reason to exist. Spider-man is a hero everyone knows. He´s been around for so long everyone is familiar with his origin, comic fan or not. Its basic pop culture. Then you have the Sam Raimi´s movies. Everyone saw them. They made loads of money and they´re always on tv. They are entertaining movies. “Spider-Man” gave us a good origin story in 2002. This movie simply wasn't needed. Now I gave it the benefit of the doubt. There´s Burton´s Batman and Nolan´s. Maybe this was a different Spider-Man. A more “dark” vision perhaps! Maybe the movie spent a few minutes on the origin and then wisely moved on with its story. Maybe... well maybe it wasn't just another rehash. A shameless attempt to remake, or how they say it these days, reboot the same idea with minimal changes except the cast. I was naive. The whole movie is about Spider-Man´s origin. They traded Mary Jane for another love interest and held off on “The Green Goblin” because that would be too much “rubbing it in the face” for the fans, I guess. We get Gwen Stacy and “The Lizard”. The rest is same old, same old. The same uncle Ben plot, the same scenes about making the suit, learning how to control powers, the search for the criminal Spider-man lets get away with horrific results. Same thing. Except everything is done without a spark of energy or creativity. Raimi´s movies were energetic, flowing with excitement. They were “new”. Seeing Spider-Man on the big screen, webbing all over the city, fighting “The Green Goblin”, it was amazing. We didn't have “The Avengers” back there, or “Iron Man”. This was like a dream come true for comic fans. “The Amazing Spider-Man” smells of old cheese. I tried to take the movie for what it was but it was impossible. My mind would not let me. I knew what was going to happen next. I knew all the plots! I´d seen it all before! But even ignoring that the movie just does not work. Its slow, turgid with an unlikable Peter Parker and a CGI lizard for a villain. Parker is a whiny, self centered idiot. His relationship with aunt May and uncle Ben is never fully explored and what little there is consists of Parker being a rude jerk for no reason at all. The movie has one thing going for it. The cast. Sally Field and Martin Sheen are great with what little material they have. Emma Stone is sexy and sweet which is “her thing” and again she pulls it off brilliantly. Rhys Ifans is decent as Curt Connors and surprisingly enough I loved Andrew Garfield as Spidey. Yes, seriously! He looks perfect for the part and he did his best with the horrible script. He´s charismatic and brought his own touch to the role instead of copying Toby Maguire. If the movie is even slightly original its because of him. Some of the action in the last third of the movie is also spectacular. Spider-man´s movements when fighting are really well done as is the web-slinging. The action is well directed and exciting and the movie sets up a sequel rather nicely. But its asking a lot to go over the material everyone knows for two hours for a few minutes of cool action. The movie plays it so safe it hurts. Its competent but never brilliant. Tedious but far too long with little spots of action but few and far between. I hope in the sequel this “Spider-Man” can find its own style and its own place. Given space to grow and evolve, on the strength of the character and Garfield´s acting this could be the weak start to a new amazing super-hero trilogy. Then again, maybe i´m just naive.
**Superheroes Anonymous** Tragically I am a Batman. An obsessive Caped Crusader comic-book collector until 1972 when my evil mother tossed the entire bunch in the garbage. My cousin was Spider-man. His noble mother preserved his collection with plastic envelopes and to this day they remain in pristine condition. What's truly tragic about being a Batman is that, despite Nolan's recent attempts (and questionable sincerity), the best Batman movie hasn't been made yet. As far as we know, with Batman's fate resting with Warner Bros, David Goyer, Zak Snider and Ben Affleck, the best Batman movie will not be possible for another decade or two, maybe three. I await thee Dark Knight. Again to my cousin's good fortune, the best movie about Spider-man has been established for quite some time. In fact, as a benchmark, it is arguably the best comic-book super-hero movie ever made. I didn't much love Sam Raimi's first Spider-man, and wished my mother could have disposed of his last entry, but _Spider-Man 2_ was, and is, the ultimate movie adaptation from comic-books to the movie screen. I was living in Shanghai in the summer of 2004 where I had to commute 3 hours on a hot and dizzy day to see it in English, and was fully rewarded for the effort. I was thrust into a imaginary super-hero world far more pleasing than anything I could remember since childhood. The 3 hour commute back home seemed like a breeze because Spider-man 2 awoke the wonder-struck boy inside me. It reminded me of a happy youth I forgot I had. It felt like Spidey was on the subway with me and would protect me from any harm. And he was just a boy himself! Batman? Who's that? For a super-hero story, nearly everything is perfect in this movie. Doc Ock couldn't have been better. He looked exactly the way he did, at the height of Stan Lee's eminence, in the brightly coloured panels fighting Spider-man in 1968. And sounded just like I imagined he would. Peter and Mary Jane were in their element and their friendship and romantic undertaking actually mattered. The story and action played out the way a comic book should. It was both intimate and fantastic. Trippy, wonderful and scary. It was like growing up all over again. The climax was a bit too flashy, loud and over-the-top at that time, but by today's standards, when compared to climactic train-wrecks in _Man of Steel_, _Iron Man 3_ and _The Avengers_, it's perfectly splendid. We are now being helplessly bombarded with comic book movies attacking us from every direction, all of them trying to out-do each other, jumping one shark after another. Every marginal superhero from Dr Strange to Shazam is being dusted off and hurled onto the big screen for our insatiable happy-childhood-appeasing appetite. The Marvel of Disney is launching at us one theme-park roller-coaster ride after another. Sony, with their Amazing Spider-man abominations, has completely lost it. Fox's X-Men and Fantastic Four [email protected]#$%! the wall long ago. And DC, under the reigns of Warner Bros, has transfigured into its own worst enemy. A wretched mutation not even the Joker finds amusing. Turns out Sam Raimi's _Spider-Man 2_ is the gold standard by which all comic-book movies, certainly those of the super-hero variety, are and, evidently, will be set. Lucky cousin.
with even more painful control and combat systems. worth the $1.49aud that i paid for it, but barely. makes me wonder if those making it know what it is that they're making. edit: to make things worse, it claims that "i do not have a registered google play account", and that i should add one and try again; with absolutely nothing to even slightly resolve the matter
Hi, so major problem. The person who used my tablet recently was my brother, so he doesn't understand how important those 6.99 I used are. I just really need a second refund also because he had completely no idea that the game couldn't be downloaded because of my small memory space...
I have a problem in the shoo which is all suits doesnt show up anymore. Im about to buy some skin of spidey but this problem on the store occurs and it annoys me. Please fix this as soon as possible so that i can buy spidey suit. Please notice me GM. I need some reply regarding this issue.
I played until it was midnight and I started the game at 8:00pm. I love it it is amazing and very good the story to is amazing. Get this game if you do not have it but if you have no money your gonna have to get a job and if your 9 like me tell your parents to give you a job. I got a job every season,😝