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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (23 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785121897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785121893
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.6 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Trigger on 19 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
Civil War: Peter Parker/Spider-Man follows the exploits of everyone's favourite wall-crawler after the Superhero Registration Act is instigated and he joins Tony Stark's side in backing the motion. These three stories don't *really* focus on Peter himself, but rather those around him, and it looks at how things change for those in his life once he reveals to the world the true face of Spider-Man.

Lesser-known villains get in on the act, such as Will o' the Wisp and The Scarecrow (yeah; he has a Scarecrow too), and there's time spent focusing on Aunt May, Black Cat, a couple of Peter's students and, of course, MJ (who has some soul searching to do now Peter Parker and Spider-Man are one and the same).

It's a good collection with excellent artwork, although if - like me - you're not overly familiar with the Marvel universe and in particular the Civil War, it might not be the best place to start. Worth reading, but as a supplement to the Civil War series rather than a standalone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Whyte on 4 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this tie-in if you, for once, really want to see a character getting influenced heavily by the Civil War. The Authors and Painters are doing a terrific job telling, how the whole Superhuman Registration Act is slowly destroying not only Spiderman, but Peter Parker as well.

Highly recommended and a must have for the Civil War Reader!
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Examing what Spider-Man unmasked means for Peter, Mary Jane, Aunt May, et al. 20 May 2007
By Lawrance Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Civil War: Peter Parker, Spider-Man" actually collects issues #28-34 of "The Sensational Spider-Man" (Marvel's "Peter Parker: Spider-Man" title ended in 2005 when it was relaunched as "The Spectacular Spider-Man," while "Marvel Knights: Spider-Man" was renamed "The Sensational Spider-Man" in 2006--it only sounds confusing). However, as the title for this collection of stories indicates, the emphasis here is on the impact on the life of Peter Parker now that the world knows he is Spider-Man. You should already know that Marvel's Civil War event has to do with the passage of the Superhuman Registration Act, which says every superhero who does not reveal his identity to and register with the government is going to be treated like a super-villain. When Iron Man reveals that he is Tony Stark, Peter decides to follow suit and reveal his secret identity as well.

The first story in this collection, "My Science Teacher is Spider-Man," is about what happens when both Peter's students at the high school and Dr. Octopus learn that particular fact. That is followed by a three-part story entitled, "The Deadly Foes of Peter Parker." Tony Stark had told Peter that things will change once he comes out, but insisted "it's not like every deviant personality you've ever crossed swords with in the past is going to start coming after you now." But the Chameleon, Molten Man, Scarecrow, the Green Goblin, and Will-O'-the-Wisp all show up in the first ten pages to suggest otherwise (and wait until you see who is behind this organized assault on the Web-Head). Meanwhile, if Peter is now a public target the same holds true for Mary Jane, who has to fend for herself since her husband is being attacked on the other side of town. However, that leaves Aunt May on her own as well, when one of the bad guys goes after her (poor super villain does not stand a chance).

Both Peter Parker and Spider-Man are minor characters in the remaining three stories, as the women in our hero's life deal with the brave new world in which they now find themselves. "The Husband or the Spider?" focuses on Mary Jane, who remembers a dream from long ago when she decided to marry Peter and who has a very interesting talk with Sue Richards, the Invisible Woman, whose marriage to Mr. Fantastic is also having problems because of the Civil War. Old "Wounds" are opened for Aunt May when she takes care of Peter while he heals from his latest beating, remembering what it was like when he was a boy and she was raising him. Finally, Felicia Hardy (a.k.a. the Black Cat) shows up to help in "Nothing Can Stop the Rhino." Of course, trying to stop the Rhino is exactly what she is going to do, spurred by the long and tangled relationship she has had with Peter. The ending of this one is certainly unusual, but reinforces the idea that this is a series of character studies and not just another round of comic book battles.

Overall the stories in "Civil War: Peter Parker, Spider-Man" constitute a series of backstories to the main action during this period that is covered in both "Civil War" and "Civil War: Amazing Spider-Man." By the time we get to those last three stories in this collection Peter has changed his mind about the SRA and is now being sought by Iron Man and the government. That explains why he starts out in the latest new costume, the red and gold one designed by Tony Stark, and then ends up back in the familiar red and blue costume (in issue #35 Spidey is "Back in Black," ostensibly because he is outside the law once again, but really because the black costume/symbiot plays a big role in this summer's blockbuster "Spider-Man 3" movie). Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is the writer for all of these stories, with Clayton Crain doing the art for the first one, and penciler Angel Medina and inker Scott Hanna doing the next four, Hanna inking Sean Chen's pencils for the final pair of stories. Collectively, these seven stories represent an attempt to try to stop and take stock of Peter, Mary Jane, and Aunt May now that everything changes--and changes again--because of the Civil War.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
great story, weak art 13 Feb. 2008
By adead_poet@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'd definitely read Amazing Spider-Man Civil War first, but then you have to move on to this book, because the story is phenomenal (five stars) and while Amazing touches more on the world during the civil war, Peter Parker is more personal, and perhaps because of that, the better book. Perhaps. Now the art is a definite letdown, more like a three star book. So I just split the difference.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another look at Spidey in the Civil War 25 May 2007
By N. Durham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One of the biggest moments in Marvel's massive Civil War crossover was Spider-Man revealing his identity to the public. Civil War: Peter Parker, Spider-Man deals more with the personal impacts of Peter's life than the Amazing Spider-Man Civil War tie-in does. This TPB follows Peter's personal life since he's revealed his identity, and the gathering of enemies to strike against Peter as well as Mary Jane and Aunt May. There may be some corny moments here and there, but writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa manages to keep things interesting, and humerous (go Aunt May!), while the varying art, which includes work from Clayton Crain, Scott Hanna, and Sean Chen among others, makes things a little uneven, but it's pretty much solid all around. There are a few plot holes which can be filled by reading the main Civil War storyline as well as J. Michael Straczynski's Amazing Spider-Man Civil War tie-in, but all in all, Peter Parker, Spider-Man is a more than solid Civil War tie-in for the wall crawling web-head.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
living up to the hype 19 Dec. 2007
By James M. Cossairt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is another comic that definitely lives up to the civil war hype. It is very well illustrated and written. Probably one of my favorites in the civil war collection. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
more Peter than ever ... 7 Sept. 2007
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Format: Paperback
"Now that he's revealed his alter-ego, there's LESS Spider and more Peter Parker than ever." --Felicia Hardy (the Black Cat)

The issues of the Sensational Spider-man included in this TPB are more peripheral to the Civil War storyline than, say, the Amazing Spider-man issues. Instead of dealing with the conflict between factions of super-heroes, these stories focus on the fallout in Peter Parker's personal life resulting from Spider-man's unmasking. Peter is confronted with old girlfriends and old villains alike. Meanwhile Aunt May and Mary Jane face struggles of their own now that their little spider-family is sitting in the public eye.

There are some fun stories and pictures here. The cover art for issues #31 and #32 is especially good. It may take some detective work to fit these issues into the events of the other Civil War books, but they essential as the first exploration into Spider-man's new world without a secret identity.
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