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Spider-Man: The Gauntlet Volume 1 - Electro & Sandman TPB (Graphic Novel Pb) [Paperback]

Paul Azaceta , Javier Pulido , Adam Kubert , Barry Kitson , Mark Waid , Fred Van Lente , Dan Slott
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28 July 2010 Graphic Novel Pb (Book 1)
THE GAUNTLET begins! The event that redefines Spider-Man's classic arch-enemies one by one starts with one of his deadliest - Electro! Destitute and desperate, conned out of his life's meaning and worth - Max Dillon becomes the voice of the common man against the brutal injustice of a system overloaded by greed. Then the drama continues as one of Peter Parker's closest friends is on the brink of ruin. This looks like a job for the Amazing Spider-Sleuth...and all clues point to the sinister SANDMAN! But all of Spidey's classic villains are being reinvented as part of "THE GAUNTLET," and Sandy is no different - so nothing is what it seems! Plus, the violent tension between Spidey and Osborn builds to a boil in THE LIST! Collects Amazing Spider-Man #612-616, Dark Reign: The List - Amazing Spider-Man, and Web of Spider-Man #2.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (28 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785138714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785138716
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 16.5 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine mess 22 Aug 2013
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
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The stories running through the Amazing Spider-Man issues #612-616 are collected, along with a story from Web of Spider-Man #2 and Dark Reign: The List - Amazing Spider-Man, as Spider-Man: The Gauntlet Volume 1 - Electro & Sandman TPB (Graphic Novel Pb). This is the first of five volumes collecting a series of stories featuring some of the main villains from Spider-Man's rogues' gallery, who have been - in the main - rounded up by the Kraven family as part of their big revenge scheme. I was - fortunately mistakenly - expecting a continuous attack by one villain after another, as I remembered from the first Sinister Six adventure back in the 1960s. Fortunately, storytelling today is more sophisticated, and these are `just' sequential adventures featuring each character, not a single story spanning five volumes, though with continuing sub-plots running through, but with the usual mix of civilian life err, mixed in with the costumed capers. There is a mix of artistic styles on the stories presented here, but they all work for their respective stories, and make for an entertaining volume.

Dark Reign: The List - Amazing Spider-Man: This picks up from the Spider-Man: American Son TPB (Graphic Novel Pb) storyline, as Spider-Man uses the plans Nora stole of Oscorp to find his way to the secret database of dark secrets and download evidence of dark secrets that Norman Osborn would prefer not to be on the front page of every newspaper in the land. When he bumps into Spider-Man downloading said dark secrets, naturally a big fight ensues, as Norman is fortunately wearing his Iron Patriot armour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gauntlet begins 18 Feb 2011
By L Riley
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The Gauntlet is basically a selection of stories, featuring the return of classic Spider-man enemies one after another in different ways, all loosely connected to one another in the run up to the 'Grim Hunt' story arc. The first tale, written by Mark Waid features Electro who is experiencing age related problems with his powers (his body chemistry is making them unstable) and seeks to recharge. Not only does this story amp up the characters abilities, it also reinvents Electro as a character and it looks to be an exciting new direction for the classic villian. The second story, written by Fred Van Lente features around Sandman and also begins an exciting new approach for another member of Spidey's much loved rogue's gallery. The artwork shines in both these stories with each having a distinctive look. The art on the Electro story in particular, by Paul Azaceta has a retro feel brought up to date, which I think suits the book very well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spider-man: The Gauntlet Vol 1, good stuff 28 Feb 2012
By Weatherman - Published on Amazon.com
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When I first stumbled upon this book I saw the title Electro and Sandman. I got excited because Electro is one of my favorite villains and I think he isnt in enough spider-man comics, at least none that I have read so far (if anyone knows of any others with him in it, please let me know) Anyway this book is a good one. I have read it and thought it was great! Dan Slott does good work as well as Mark Waid. The artwork is different for almost all the different stories. Its not bad, but it can be annoying to be seeing the artwork one way and then the next story its different. This is just a minor problem I had with it. The stories are solid, if you enjoy spider-man and want to see something a little different then take this story up, the price isnt bad for it, I haven't read any of the other volumes but I do have volume 2 on its way. So I say give it a chance, if you enjoy spider-man, I dont see way would wouldn't enjoy this!
2.0 out of 5 stars Average read with "iffy" art. 28 Aug 2013
By William yates - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me first get this off my chest: Joe Quesada's art killed this story for me. The plot itself was very average, but coupled with the heavily stylized, trite, and dry art of Quesada, completion of the book becomes more of a chore. One of the first cards to get pulled when someone declares "bad art" is that, "It's just his/her style, you like it or you don't.", this possibly couldn't be any more true with Quesada. I don't see any middle ground for his art, especially for a Spidey book, I just don't think it's a good match for such a dynamic character. Quesada's art doesn't exactly screams "HIGH-OCTANE ACTION".

The Electro story starts off promising, but get's old real quick, a very boring read throughout the middle, but it leads to a decent fight scene in the end(but like I said the art takes away from everything noteworthy to at least some degree in this book). Sandman's book wasn't the greatest in the world either, a bit on the emotional side, but a solid spidey story nonetheless. Here, Quesada's style isn't as bad, partly due to the fact that he's illustrating Sandman, a character who's very aesthetics compliments such dry and grainy art. Overall a "meh" read, would've gotten a 3/5 if it was illustrated by anyone else.
4.0 out of 5 stars A great place to start 21 Jun 2013
By Pen Name - Published on Amazon.com
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I've always really liked Spider-Man (mostly thanks to the 90's cartoon), but I've never really gotten into the comics. I know the basics (and probably more about his recent history than most people), but I've never kept up with the series. Well I'd have to say this is as good a place to start as any. There's some references to some other stories, but the main Electro and Sandman stories are just fun and modern twists on two classic villains who needed more than a little polish to make them relevant again. There's also a backup story with Black Cat which is also quite fun. The art throughout is solid, but the Sandman story is penciled by Javier Pulido whose sleek, energetic style is perfect for a Spider-Man comic (or any comic really).
As for the other issues collected in the volume... they're kind of a mixed bag. The Web of Spider-Man villain origins, regardless of quality, are mostly pointless. And the first story in the volume is actually more closely related to the Dark Reign storyline that was going on in the rest of the Marvel universe involving Norman Osborn. A good story with great art...that has nothing to do with the rest of the book. This one probably requires a little more working knowledge of the Marvel universe to fully understand/enjoy (but that's what Wikipedia is for). It doesn't really detract from the quality of the book, but it does make you wonder what it's doing there.
In short, if you want two stories about two of Spidey's classic enemies with a modern twist, this is the book for you. Those two stories are worth the price of admission. And there's some other stuff in here that's not bad to look at either.
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2.0 out of 5 stars IT'S ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE 20 Oct 2010
By Mr.Mister - Published on Amazon.com
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First and foremost, I am a HUGE Spider-Man fan. The second thing you should know about me is that I subscribe to the idea that Marvel doesn't care about Spider-Man anymore. As far as they're concerned, Spider-Man is spelled $$$$pider-Man and the decline in quality since the Civil War event is painful evidence of that. With that out of the way, let's review...

This TPB collects the beginning of the major 2009-2010 Spider-Man event called the Gauntlet. The basic premise is that Kraven the Hunter's widow (Kraven being one of Spidey's oldest foes who did himself in during the INCREDIBLE Kraven's Last Hunt story...which I can't recommend enough) is behind the scenes plotting something big, and in the mean-time helps some of the deadlier members of Spidey's rogues gallery to enhance their powers, intending to wear him out physically and mentally when he has to face one beefed-up bad guy after another.
I won't spoil anything for you, but I will tell you this...The Gauntlet overall was a disjointed, misorganized and poorly written mess!!! As this is only the beginning it isn't so apparent yet, but believe me...by the time you get into The Gauntlet Vol. 3, 4 and 5 (and especially the books that come after) you'll be ready to give up on your favorite wall-crawler for good.

The issues collected here deal with Electro and Sandman, and are actually decently written. Electro and Sandman recieve some impressive power-ups and both conflicts play hard on Peter's conscience.
A problem with these two stories (and one of the problems that will continue throughout The Gauntlet) is that they don't feel connected (much less deviously planned/designed by Kraven's widow) in any way. The whole idea behind putting Spider-Man "through a gauntlet" is to wear him down with an unrelenting series of challenges. A bunch of coincidential encounters DO NOT equal a "gauntlet" and you most definately won't feel like the battles with Electro and Sandman were anything more than just that...a mere coincidence.
Marvel could have (probably should have) taken some hints from DC's "Knightfall: Part 1" or "Batman: Hush" in this department. If you're looking to see some villains pull a "gauntlet" off right, I highly recommend those. (Hush in particular)

However, my biggest beef with this book is the artwork. Paul Azaceta and Javier Pulido produce some of the ugliest artwork I've ever seen in Spider-Man. The cast of Azaceta's issues look like they wandered in from some other comic book about Neanderthals and Pulido's work looks like the computer illustrations I'd do back in middle school using MS Paint. Now I'm not saying that everybody needs to be Jim Lee or Mike Deodato, as often times a simple style can be quite effective, but the artwork presented here by Azaceta and Pulido is clearly rushed, ugly and COMPLETELY unacceptable for Marvel's flagship title.
For a great example find the panel during the Sandman story where Spider-Man is holding Keemia up off the ground and she is screaming "EEEEE!!! Leggo!!! Daddy!!!".

FINAL VERDICT: 2 Stars. The story is...decent, but nothing more. Worth reading if you REALLY love Spider-Man, Electro or Sandman. HOWEVER, the artwork is SO BAD that you'll have a tough time picking out your favorite characters from the rest of the hastily scribbled-together "doodles".

Oh, and you also get two back-up stories: One is a completely unnecessary opinion on the origin of Electro's powers, the other is a so-so, short and also unnecessary story about Peter Parker standing up to Iron Patriot/Norman Osborn which features art by Adam Kubert. Adam Kubert probably draws the best Spider-Man in the industry right now, unfortunately here his talent is wasted on a meaningless story and thus, not enough to save this collection.
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