on 25 April 2013
I read the first volume of JMS spiderman and it has made it into my top 5 comics of all time. This is also up there.
This is only a fraction below the first book, really it is almost just as good. Like the first one, it perfectly balances Peter Parker's personal life with the awesome action and fight scenes as Spiderman. This is an unbelievably book which i love and the last few issues deal with Peter re-living some of the worst moments in his life and it is really interesting to see and is executed perfectly. One thing I also loved was the way in which Peter and Mary Jane's relationship was explored and it was just as interesting as the awesome fight scenes which feature in this book.
This and the first book are gems for anybody into spiderman. This in the top 5. Why did I think it wasn't as good as the first? That was just down to personal opinion, but like I said, only a fraction below the first one.
on 21 July 2010
Recently got this for my birthday. Great, just great. I actually laughed out loud a few times at the script. Not that there isn't drama, there is, just that the characters are captured absolutely beautifully, making them incredibly realistic. Definately both writer and artist operating near, or even at, their peak.
What you would not necessarily appreciate here unless you had read a lot of comics (where it does not happen), is that the writer and the artist completely gel together here, each very much complementing the other. Drawing other characters I have found John Romita's art to be inexpressive and a bit messy (e.g. Hulk), but here, while retaining his characteristic, somewhat square, style he is taught, neat and the character's faces very expressive, matching perfectly what is being said or related.