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Spider-Man: Brand New Day Volume 1 Premiere HC (Amazing Spider-Man) [Hardcover]

Steve McNiven , Salvador Larroca , Dan Slott , Marc Guggenheim
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4 Jun 2008 Amazing Spider-Man
This is it, Arachnophiles! The most pulse-pounding piece of four color fiction to be delivered unto the Mighty Marvel Minions in decades! You asked for more Spidey! You demanded it! And, by Buckley, you're gonna get it! Same Old Power. Same Old Responsibility. Brand New Day! After the devastatingly heartwarming events of One More Day, Peter Parker puts the past behind him and sets forth on a Brand New Day! Spidey's new status quo gets a swift punch in the gut as Dan Slott (She-Hulk; Avengers: The Initiative) and super-star artist Steve McNiven (Civil War) hit the ground running with new villains, new friends, and some familiar faces that promise to make Peter's life messier than ever before. This is where it's all happening! Collects Amazing Spider-Man #546-551; Marvel Spotlight: Spider-Man - Brand New Day and Free Comic Book Day Spider-Man.

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (4 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785128433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785128434
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 18 x 26.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
These issues of the Amazing Spider-Man - #546-551 - are collected, along with Spider-Man: Swing Shift (Free Comic Book Day 2007) and some of Venom Super Special #1 (1995), as Spider-Man - Brand New Day 1. Following the events of One More Day, which wiped the events of Michael Straczynski's run on Spider-Man from continuity, and led me to stop buying Spider-Man as a result (I now read local library copies), a new day has begun for the unmarried and impecunious Peter Parker and Spider-Man. The day includes new characters such as Jackpot (is she MJ as a superhero?), Menace (a Goblin clone? (Not that sort of clone!)), a new owner for the Daily Bugle, a new crime lord - Mr Negative, a new girlfriend for Harry Osborn, a potential new girlfriend for Peter, some new Police characters, all sorts of stuff to make us forget the last umpteen years of continuity.

And it works. Admittedly, not having read any Spider-Man for five years or so (since One More Day), I am coming to this with fresh eyes and an empty memory, but I found it an enjoyable read, with excellent scripting and artwork. This is an excellent starting point for new readers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Truely Speachless...for the wrong reasons... 10 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
I have followed spider-man's story from the very beginning of the civil war back in 2007. I have read every single issue of this story all they way up to brand new day, and after reading the introduction things went down hill from there. After getting half way through the book no questions have been answered from one more day and nor am I happy with the "new" Peter Parker. I have no intention of finishing the book.

Marvel have brought back the Peter from the very beginning of Marvel, with no job and constantly cracking Jokes that are simply not funny. Even the writing style of the book has gone back to how they wrote in the 60's and even earlier with thought bubbles coming from spider man explaining the story. He even speaks aloud with obvious comments about what is happening, almost giving a running commentary of the story.

Normally I will enjoy even the poor comics, put this one is the worst comic I have ever read and I will not be following the rest of the series... In my opinion...stay well away
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ho boy, where to start. 11 July 2008
Format:Hardcover
Ok the art is excellent. McNivan is a great artist and whatever he does looks great. End of story the art needs nothing else said.
The writing? Is just fine, coming out of the one more day story Dan Slott has the task of setting up the new status quo. So whats changed? spidermans whole reality, the end result is to take the character back to a familiar status for new readers, a geek who gets everything wrong but the super heroics.
This is fair enough, but it has upset many fans as it has undone years of character development, the trouble is whats exciting about reading about a guy who happily married and wants to settle down? Its a tough one but the spiderman writers have mae a decision and a brave one too.
The main plot is not great but with everything else a strong plot would have been lost, so we get a slight tale and a lot of changes. Dan Slott has a good handle on Peter Parker and writes good dialogue.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An uneven start to a Brand New Day 16 Feb 2009
By CConn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Amazing Spider-Man is a title that's been pretty polarized for a while now. Either the fans have been displeased with its direction, or its EIC has been displeased with it. What the latter of those two did was create Brand New Day, and make ASM a 3-times a month comic.

In premise, the changes made to Spider-Man's status quo was pretty ludicrous; having the devil just magically wipe away 30 years of continuity just so it can once again appear as though Peter Parker is just some young, happening bachelor... It just struck me as overly pointless, and poorly conceived.

That aside, I went into BND with an open mind, and even a hope, to thoroughly enjoy these new style Spider-Man stories. Has that been the case? Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

Truthfully, there have been some REALLY good issues of ASM, and some REALLY good arcs. With great writing and art to boot. Unfortunately, between those great stories, there always seems to be 3-4 clunkers that seem to do little but serve as filler until the next great Spider-Man story. This is made worse, I think, by having way too many artistic hands in the pot; one week, it's John Romita Jr., the next Marcos Martin, the next Mike Mckone.

Now, I like all of those guys' art, but go back and forth between the three...plus more fill in artists...its simply jarring. Made even worse by the fact the writers rotate just as often. Creating an even more turbulent style and level of quality for the book.

All in all, the good stories out number the bad. And all in all, its been a fun ride. But, I really can't help but think, that Spider-Man would have been much better served with 3 separate titles, with 3 separate, equally talented, creative teams, who could tell their own stories completely, without having to rotate every other week.

Oh, well, maybe I'm being picky. Or maybe Marvel just tried a little too hard to make Spider-Man comics interesting again.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh beginning 28 Aug 2008
By Dave X - Published on Amazon.com
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This Brand Nwe Day arc is just great, the art is excellent (Steve Mcniven and Phil Jimenez definetly rocks), the story introduce a lot of new and inrteresting villians and heroes, the new spiderman status quo is relly interesting, if you love spiderman this book is a must have, and if you think that you are a little bit lost in all spiderman's old storys then this book is the perfect start.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The important thing is I'm solving all my problems... with kicks to the face!" 24 Sep 2008
By H. Bala - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Bunch of different Spidey versions out there already, what with Ultimate, Marvel Adventures, Amazing Spider-Girl, and even Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane. And guess what? They've just rebooted the Peter Parker of Marvel's mainstream continuity. Been said that the thinking behind this shake-up is that Spidey's colorful but perhaps too dense history had been putting off potential readers. So why not have a fresh start? That's just what the Marvel think tank did.

Thing is, I was actually cool with Spidey the way he was - married to M.J. and hanging out with the New Avengers, and with Aunt May clued in to his superhero alter ego. But, yes, the Back in Black arc was not good. And then the horrific ONE MORE DAY came along, and, man, that was some hellacious outcry that tore thru Marveldom. I know, because I was one of those waving a pitchfork and a torch. In ONE MORE DAY Peter and Mary Jane make a deal with Mephisto to save Peter's Aunt May, who had been fatally shot. So Aunt May gets a new lease on life, but, in exchange, Mephisto strips away the love of Peter's life. In consequence, Peter's story (and history) is ret-conned. Which brings us now to BRAND NEW DAY.

In this spanking new and rebooted reality, Pete is once again broke as hell, dateless, and has moved back in with Aunt May in Forest Hills, Queens. Mary Jane Watson is no longer in the picture and, in fact, has never been married to Peter. Formerly deceased Harry Osbourne is alive and well and is again hanging out with Pete. No one knows that Peter is Spider-Man, not Daredevil or Wolverine or Cap or the Avengers. The world is vaguely aware that Peter went public months ago during the Civil War event, but they're having a hard time recalling details (because I guess Tivo was on the fritz that day). Meanwhile, the Superhuman Registration Act has had Peter hesitant to step out as Spidey for months now. But, of course, it's inevitable that his bump of responsibility will force him to once again don his wallcrawler duds.

There's only one Spider-Man title now, which tracks Peter's place in Marvel's mainstream continuity. However AMAZING SPIDER-MAN now publishes three times a month, thanks to a brain trust of writers and artists who rotate per story arc. Writer Dan Slott is a great choice to launch Brand New Day. What's instantly noticeable is the sense of fun which permeates the stories. Slott is capable as a storyteller, but his calling card is his humor (his She-Hulk stories rock!). Slott returns Peter to his lovable loser days and dips him deep in that old Parker luck (which is mostly not good luck). The story opens up with Peter picking up a cake (lemon) for his Aunt May's birthday, but from the get-go, the premonition is that that cake won't even come close to getting to Aunt May intact. Worse things later happen to Pete (including, yes, getting mugged). Then it's Marc Guggenheim's turn with the writing. He manages to maintain that touch of lightheartedness and levity.

Peter gets a larger supporting cast, which now integrates the staff at the Daily Bugle. This new reality shoves Pete back to his photography gig for the Bugle, except that the newspaper establishment now runs under new management, although J.Jonah Jameson's gruff and ornery presence is still felt. So far though, none of the new cast members are making me stand up and take notice. Except for the mysterious Jackpot, New York's newest registered superheroine. She's a redhead and likes to call Spidey "Tiger," so right away the webslinger has his suspicions. From the rogue gallery front, we're introduced to new villains, the most ominous being the shadowy Mr. Negative, the most lame being the Spider-Mugger. The rest of these new bads aren't impressive, although I got a kick out of that one villain who's also a gynormous Spidey fan.

Oh, there's also a serial killer running around planting Spidey tracers on his victims. What's up with that? You won't find out in these pages.

This trade collection, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: BRAND NEW DAY, Vol. 1, starts off with SPIDER-MAN: SWING SHIFT which features Spidey's return after a months-long absence in this new status quo, followed by AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #546-551, and culminating with a short story reprinted from VENOM SUPER-SPECIAL #1 (Don Slott's very first Spidey story). Also included is the pretty interesting 5-paged Spider-Man Manifesto by Spidey Executive Editor Tom Brefoort, in which he lays down his thoughts on what makes Spidey so popular and iconic. The superb visuals are provided by Phil Jimenez (who flaunts that George Perez style), Steve McNiven, and Salvador Larroca, three talented artists who make Spidey look very, very good.

This is a Peter Parker who's still beset with problems, yet he seems somehow more innocent and hopeful. Honestly, I was all set to slam Brand New Day. But now, after what I've read so far, I'm more willing to give this reboot a chance, to see if this brain trust is actually going somewhere with it. So far, Brand New Day hasn't bowled me over. But it's nice. By no means are these the best Spidey stories I've read, but I do relish the energy, the jaunty tone and the sense of freshness. Lessee if that lasts.

But I'm still mad at ONE MORE DAY.
23 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BRAND NEW DAY IS JUST PLAIN AWFUL! 23 Jun 2008
By M. Grant - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Brand New Day is a great example of the worst that comics have to offer long time readers. This TPB presents that first storyline in a retcon that has removed 20+ years of Amazing Spider-Man history.

The title is Brand New Day...but there's really nothing NEW about it. The reading is painful and reeks of "forced nostalgia". There's probably more character growth in an issue of ARCHIE than in this entire collection.

While the artwork is passable to decent, if you're looking for a fun read...avoid this at all costs.

Instead of reading this lousy TPB, pick up some of Marvel's ESSENTIAL AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. These classic reprints of 60's-70's-80's stories show a character with morals and who understands that "with great power comes great responsibility"...plus the stories were done right the first time and we didn't need a Brand New Day to recycle them.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old spidey's back, good or bad? 20 Mar 2010
By James Cunliffe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is a perfect place to start if your just starting, or haven't followed the series for the last 10 yrs or so.
But for spidey fans like me who have been faithful to the books, and read through the good and the bad stories without doubt that there is a deeper meaning behind it that well get reveiled later on. All of a sudden it all makes since, and we go back to the bad arc and find all the hidden details and find out the story wasn't as bad as you originally thought.
Until "One More Day".
Don't get me wrong it wasn't god awful like most people might say or review, and I throughly enjoyed J. Michael Straczynski story line from start to finish (Coming Home - One More Day #30-545) It just pissed me off to the point where I swore to never support another spidey book after "OMD" again. If you like to read my opinions on "OMD" how it should have ended and continued into this book read my review on "One More Day".
It is a revamped of all the spider-man books over the last 20 some odd yrs Peter is back working at the Daily Bugle as a photographer (never became a Teacher). No longer married to Mary Jane. Harry Osborn alive and has been Peters best buddy the whole time. Everyones forgotten who spider-man is, and among other things.
Over all, I have read into some of the issues in the "Brand New Day" storyarc. It is pretty good and worth reading, but would have otherwise been better on its own away from the events of the marvel universe.
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