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Amazing Spider-Man Vol.1: Coming Home Paperback – 5 May 2002

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Panini Books (5 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904159001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904159001
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.2 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BABYLON 5 CREATOR J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI TURNS HIS HAND TO MARVEL'S MOST FAMOUS CHARACTER - SPIDER-MAN. IN COMING HOME, SPIDER-MAN'S ALTER EGO PETER PARKER MUST CONFRONT WHAT IT MEANS TO STAND APART FROM SOCIETY AS A SUPER-HERO, AND HOW HE CAN CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY AS PETER PARKER. WITH SONY'S SPIDER-MAN MOVIE RE-IGNITING INTEREST IN THIS CHARACTER, THIS VOLUME COLLECTS ONE OF HIS MOST IMPORTANT STORIES OF RECENT YEARS. AS A BONUS, THIS VOLUME REPRINTS THE STAND ALONE STORY DEALING WITH THE WORLD TRADE CENTRE ATTACK, EXPLORING THE RELEVANCE OF SUPER-HEROES NEXT TO REAL-LIFE HEROES.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Wood TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 May 2006
This story came about when everyone's friendly neighbourhood wall-crawler was dying. And by that, I mean that Marvel's greatest character was being disgracefully portrayed as the most unpopular, ineffective and tiresome hero that Stan Lee had ever created.

To elaborate further, when Spider-Man 1 was about to hit the cinema, Marvel wanted to introduce newer fans to their biggest star. As a result, they decided to relaunch the mainstream Spider-Man and have Howard Mackie write all the stories, which were terrible at best. Sales were diminishing rapidly and the main comic had to take a backseat to the Ultimate retelling of Spidey's adventures.

Finally, Marvel made the decision to save their flagship title by bringing in J. Michael Straczynski, former writer of Babylon 5, in to write for Amazing Spider-Man.

Having been subjected to Howard Mackie's tired, clichéd, drivelling stories for so long, I welcomed JMS taking over the title with open arms. And as soon as you start reading the first page, you understand immediately why JMS was just right for the job. He's captured the personality of Peter Parker perfectly, and writes the entire story with the first-class humour, courage, kindness and decency that everyone expects from the Spider-Man character.

After Mackie's mess of things, Spidey (at the time of this story) is separated from Mary Jane, and has now moved into a brand new apartment. When out swinging one night, Spidey encounters a stranger called Ezekiel, a seemingly average old man with powers identical to Spidey's own. In the encounters that follow, Peter begins to question the nature of his origin and his powers like never before.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Buckland on 2 Jun. 2003
I'm a huge fan of the super hero genre, but must confess to never having bought a comic in my life (save the one's bought for me by elderly relatives when I was ill as a kid). This hasn't stopped me from becoming a fan of many of Marvel's characters, Spidey being one of my favourites. I caught a few of the issues this book collects when they were published by Marvel on their website, and was immediately impressed by the involving art, but most of all by the writing. The fact that this storyline reads so much like a great episode of a TV series is down to the credentials of the writer J. Michael Straczynski, who's credits include Babylon 5 (self-depricatingly refered to in this graphic novel) among others. Marvel has evidently been recruiting respected writers for their flagship titles, and if this is the result then it's an approach that's paid dividens. JMS uses all the tricks he's learned in writing award-winning TV and transfers them beautifully into a comic book. There's witty dialogue, intrigue, mystery, an involving story and a real sense of danger that makes you fear for our hero's life when he finally engages the story's villian in a series of brutal battles. Spider-Man's vunerability has always been one of his most appealing qualities - it's hard to root for Superman when you know hardly anything can hurt him -but beneath his tattered costume, nursing broken bones and oozing blood, the price Spidey pays in fulfilling his responsibilities is made starkly clear. JMS really plays up the everyman appeal of Spider-Man - he's what you or I would be like as a superhero if we were ever bestowed with such gifts. This is what makes this graphic novel such an enjoyable read.Read more ›
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A good solid read. Spidey cracks some good jokes, Spidey fights some good fights, Spidey makes a good ally. Nice and solid but perhaps not special!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dehumanizer on 2 Jan. 2012
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Spider-Man has never been my faveourite super hero. I watched the animated series when I was a kid and had read some of the Lee/Ditko/Romita Sr stories, as well as some of the Todd McFarlane issues in the late '80's/early '90's, but he always played second fiddle to the likes of Daredevil, the X-Men, Batman and the Fantastic Four. But 3 months, inspired by re-watching the first two of Sam Raimi's movies, ago I started reading Bendis's Ultimate Spidey and, having enjoyed them immensely, decieded to check out the main title. After scouting round on amazon, I decieded to start with this.

Coming Home is a truly great read, and a great jumping off point for anyone who wants to read a Spidey novel, but still appeals to the veteran fan (judging by other reviews). J Michael Straczynski's (of Babylon 5 fame) take on our Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man feels refreshingly modern and relevent, even nearly 10 years after it was first printed. He starts with a new villain, Morlun, who reminds me a liitle of Morbius (in the animated series anyway) in the way of not wearing a costume and looking genuinely creepy. A snappy-dresser, he is also a man of few words, which for a character with a rich history of villains monologueing, is nice.

Not to be forgotten is John Romita Jr's fantastic art (something I was famillily with through Kick-Ass, Daredevil: The Man Without Fear etc.) which brings Spidey spinning out of the page and into your living room/Bed room/other place of reading etc. There is really nothing more to say about other than it is phenomenal.

A great read, Coming Home is well worth buying for both Spidey veterans and Newby's like me.

9/10
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