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Spider-Man: Kraven's Last Hunt TPB (New Printing) (Graphic Novel Pb) Paperback – 27 Aug 2008

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; New edition (27 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785134506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785134503
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Wood TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Sept. 2014
Format: Paperback
One of the aspects of Spider-Man that made him so appealing was always his rogues' gallery. Like Batman and Doctor Who, Spidey has such a colourful and prestigious cast of enemies that have expanded on his world and made for so many classic stories.

At the top of the chain, you have the likes of the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus and Venom, followed by such inspired super-villains like the Vulture, Sandman, the Lizard, Electro, Mysterio, Carnage, Rhino, the Hobgoblin, Morlun, the Kingpin, Chameleon...then you'd come to worthy additions like Tombstone, Hammerhead, the Shocker, the Beetle...then before finally arriving at the ATROCIOUS ones like the Jackal, Spidercide, Silvermane, the Kangaroo(!), the Looter, Boomerang...oh, dear...

So where exactly do I rank Kraven the Hunter in this context? To be honest, I always found him something of a dull, unappealing villain, bordering on goofy. For a creation of Stan Lee & Steve Ditko, I felt he was one of the mainstays of Spidey's rogues gallery that was undeserving of his status. He may have been a proud member of the Sinister Six, but really, he stuck out like a sore thumb. The only time I actually liked Kraven was his depiction in the 1994 Spider-Man Animated Series, which successfully portrayed him in a more heroic (and plausible) light.

However, it's stories like Kraven's Last Hunt that justify why the character has become so revered, and why he's ultimately entitled to his place in Spider-Man's rogues' gallery. Legendary writer J.M. DeMatteis saw the character's potential, and realized it into not just the single-greatest Kraven story, but one of the greatest Spider-Man classics of all time.

At this point in time, Kraven (though still somewhat formidable) is past his prime.
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Format: Paperback
The last time I read `Kraven's Last Hunt', I was probably still a teenager, and it immediately became one of my favourite comic book stories ever. At that time, I'd never read a superhero comic quite so harrowing or, indeed, literary. I was already a big J.M. DeMatteis fan from his `Amazing Spider-Man' run, and the `Justice League International' run he co-wrote with Keith Griffin, but this particular story was enough to make Mr. DeMatteis my first serious "favourite comic book writer ever". However, that was many years ago, back in the innocent old days when I thought that `Maximum Carnage' was a great story and that Todd McFarlane was a genius writer. Since then, I've discovered Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Grant Morrison, et al, so I re-read this book with some trepidation in that I might be ruining something which I once looked up to so highly. However, while it certainly isn't `Watchmen' level stuff (not that it was ever trying to be), and it's definitely a lot weirder than I remember it being, I'm happy to say that it's still a bloody good read.

`Kraven's Last Hunt' originally began publication during the tail-end of the lifespan of `Watchmen' which, along with `Batman: The Dark Knight Returns', came along out of nowhere and revolutionised superheroes by being all "adult" and "realistic". However, they didn't really "come out of nowhere" like many people suggest. Rather they were, along with `Kraven's Last Hunt' and many other titles, part of a long list of bold new superhero stories which didn't have to worry about the infamous Comics Code Authority. `Kraven's Last Hunt' takes our newly-married (at the time) Spider-Man and, for the first time ever, has him seriously question his own mortality and his human vulnerability.
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By Sam Quixote TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
Kraven, a long-time Spidey villain, decides that he will hunt Spider-man as apparently Spider-man is the last creature he's been looking to defeat. But he also wants to prove that he's a better Spider-man than Spider-man - for some reason.

That's pretty much the set-up but with a title like "Kraven's Last Hunt", something decisive is likely to happen like a death of sorts and seeing as the cover has Spidey climbing out of a grave, I'm guessing it's not him who pops it.

So here follows a review with some 25 year old spoilers:

How familiar are you with Kraven? If the answer is "who?" chances are you won't be exactly impressed by his introduction in this book as J. M. DeMatteis doesn't spend much time on his character except for a brief backstory at the start where we find out he's a Russian nobleman exiled from his homeland who likes hunting a lot. Because there's very little of Spider-man in the book, this is the character we're left with who we're supposed to relate to, empathise with, etc. Except Kraven's a loony who eats spiders "to gain their strength!", is obsessed with "honour" for his family and sees him accomplishing this honour by killing a guy who dresses in a black Spider-man outfit (in this book Spidey's outfit is trés emo-black!). We're supposed to care about this guy? It's a very shallow character portrait.

After "killing" Spidey, Kraven becomes Spider-man for a while(!) by killing criminals instead of stringing them up with web fluid which in his mind makes him a better man because...? Also he doesn't have web shooters or can climb on walls so I don't see how he's Spider-man at all, he just has the outfit.
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