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Spider-Man: With Great Power... Premiere HC [Hardcover]

Tony Harris , David Lapham

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12 Nov 2008 Premiere
After the spider-bite, before the great responsibility! Meet Peter Parker, "Midtown High's only professional wallflower," a hapless young nerd suddenly gifted with great power - no strings attached! Happy at home with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben, but plagued by the bullies and mean girls of high school, see what Peter does when the bite of a radioactive spider gives him the strength to take the things he wants. Fame? Money? Fast cars? Girls? This dweeb's up to his pencilneck in 'em! Surely things can't suddenly be this easy. It's a side of Spider-Man's early life you've barely glimpsed, written by David Lapham (Stray Bullets, Terror, Inc.) with art by Tony Harris (Ex Machina)! Collects Spider-Man: With Great Power... #1-5.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Story... 22 Jan 2011
By Cozzster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Spider-Man: With Great Power... takes us back to the days of Peter Parker at Midtown High. David Lapham does a short re-telling of the origin of Spider-Man, but the main focus of this story is the dynamic of how Peter deals with his life of fame as Spider-Man and his responsibility to the people as a super hero. Peter initially lets the fame of Spider-Man get to him and he feels above everyone else and that people should cater to him. Through a series of events that includes being labeled as a menace by Jonah Jameson and a harrowing encounter of a Fantastic Four battle while out with Liz Allen and his Uncle Ben, Peter learns and understands his responsibility to help people in need of his help.
I have been reading Spider-Man comics and trades for 15 years and for those of you who have been Spider-Man fans for a long time and may think "oh great, another rehash of his origin and Peter dealing with the great power and responsibility cliche," this story is much better than that. Lapham uses the second person narrative, giving the story and added touch to the already beautiful story telling he is capable of. Harris' artwork is well done and up to his standards for anyone familiar with his work.
I highly recommend this book to all groups of Spider-Man fans.
5.0 out of 5 stars With great power ... 9 Oct 2013
By David - Published on Amazon.com
... you become a big jerk. Spider-Man: With Great Power is less a retelling of the unseen moments of Amazing Fantasy #15 and more a exploration of Peter. Written by David Lapham and fantastic art by Tony Harris, With Great Power greatly enhances the origin story we all know.

We have known and loved Peter as the man who always does the right thing and we don't get to see much of his reckless side in his first appearance. All five of these issues show Peter as the person he was; a bullied and troubled teenager who can't talk to girls. As soon as he's bitten by the radioactive spider, he's suddenly confident beneath the mask. Glimpses of the man Peter becomes exists in these issues, yet we mainly see an unlikeable boy, who goes from being the weakest to the strongest, and he revels in his newfound power. He's arrogant and chases after girls instead of helping people, and he's exactly what someone who we see getting "pantsed" in front of everyone. I personally loved the second person narration for Peter because it showed such a disconnect between his irresponsible actions and himself. His wrestling career is explored here, and it's nice to see him as something more than just a headline. This story makes us actually feel that one time Peter did wrestle for money, and was a pawn for the higher ups, instead of being told that he was in an origin a long time ago.

There are some things I didn't like, such as issue four. It had a good meaning overall to Peter's character, but it could have been written a lot less fantastically, and more down to earth. The chain of events that set off Uncle Ben's murder weren't well written, and Peter letting the thief go is more trivial than before, although it does make it more tragic.

Overall, With Great Power is a very well-written exploration of Peter's wrestling career and his beginnings as Spider-Man. The narration allows us to enter his head and it's a fun read, with an ominous ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars more of a batman fan, but a badass spiderman comic 6 Jan 2013
By alan six - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
i would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of david lapham (stray bullets). i loved it. great read
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