With the Civil War over and Captain America dead, Spider-Man finds himself in a bad situation. Aunt May has been shot and her life hangs in the balance, while poor Peter Parker finds himself a wanted fugitive with a price on his head. All of this leads Spidey to once again don the black costume (minus the symbiote) and seek some vengeance, or as close to vengeance as Spider-Man can really get. The issues collected in this hardcover collection are written by longtime Amazing Spider-Man scribe and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski and legendary Hulk writer Peter David, however, both writer's amazing talents aren't nearly put to use well enough with the overall story of Back in Black. The overall effect feels as if both writers are holding back, and this feeling of restraint is felt throughout the story. Not to mention that nothing really significant happens here, as the story ends with a cliffhanger of sorts, which sets up One More Day, which allegedly will change everything about the Spider-Man mythos. The artwork is pretty decent throughout, featuring work from Ron Garney and Ron Cliquet, but there's not enough here to warrant picking it up. All in all, Back in Black isn't a bad chapter in the Spider-Man mythos, but there's nothing really substancial or noteworthy here either.