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Spider-man: Death of Jean DeWolff (Amazing Spider Man) Paperback – 28 Dec 1990


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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (28 Dec. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871357046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871357045
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 0.8 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,184,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When police captain Jean DeWolff is brutally murdered by a shotgun-carrying fanatic, Spider-man is determined to catch the killer.

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When I first read this back in comic book form back in the late '80's,I fell in love with it instantly!

It grabs the reader immediately as we see Jean DeWolffs rise to the top of the NYPD in the first few pages only to be stopped dead(literally)with the line"I wonder,why did my life flash before my eyes?"

What follows is a darker than the norm Spidey tale,as the angered hero comes face to face with the Sin Eater,a ski mask/shotgun style nutjob who dispenses 12 guage mayhem all over the city.

There are some nice character touches to be found here,as the grieving Spiderman considers his use of humour while people cower and bleed in the streets in the wake of the mayhem his conflicts cause.The Sin Eater is obviously a much more realistic protagonist than most of the Spidey Rogues Gallery,and the climax leans toward a real whodunnit feel.

The climax itself is especially memorable,as the revenge driven hero on the edge of sanity finds rational law and order blocking his path in the form of Daredevil.

An underrated entry in the Spiderman mythos,this book,however short deserves its place in the classic Spidey stories.

Its darker tone is very much an indication of its era(late 80's mean moody heroes;Dark Knight,Wolverine,Punisher etc)

Well worth the time and money tracking it down!
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By S. Miah on 15 Jan. 2015
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Great story, felt a little short though.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Way Spider-Man should be done 5 May 2000
By Grenadier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is some of the earliest comics work of Peter David, and is a great example of how Spider-Man should be written.
Jean DeWolff was a recurring police officer in the Spider-books. Her death at the hands of a serial killer named the Sin-Eater was a major crisis for Spider-Man. The webbed one is usually a fairly light-hearted guy, but this story had an edge to it that made it stand out.
If this book becomes available again, and you have any interest in the character, the author, or comics in general, pick this one up!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A great Spider-Man story with a shocking twist at the end! 5 Aug. 2002
By B. Mah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Published in 1990, The Amazing Spider-Man: The Death of Jean DeWolff is a trade paperback collection that reprints Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #'s 107-110 (October 1985-January 1986). This story was about the death of police officer Jean DeWolff, who was a recurring character in the various Spider-Man comic books at the time. Her unfortunate death was committed by the Sin-Eater, a crazed madman. Written by Peter David and illustrated by Rich Buckler, this story has a shocking twist at the end. It's also interesting as the events of this story unfold, Spider-Man himself ends up in some extreme fury and rage, which is usually not the case with everybody's favorite neighbourhood wallcrawler. One of writer Peter David's early comic book works, The Death of Jean DeWolff is a must have in anyone's library.
Enter the Sin-Eater. 18 Dec. 2014
By Luquillo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Originally written 5-15-11

When the New York City Police Department respond to a distress call, they enter an apartment to see the remains of one of their own. Captain Jean DeWolff is found brutally slain, and it has been revealed that she was murdered close range with a double barrel shotgun blast to the torso. Her fellow officers are scrambling for leads and coming up empty. However, one of DeWolff's friends will not rest until her killer is brought to justice, and he is the Amazing Spider-Man. Together with Sgt. Carter, the two attempt to find DeWolff's killer. -summary

I seriously wish that I was around when this story was first released back in 1985. Well, I was around, but I wasn't quite able to fully comprehend the magnitude of this story. The point that I'm trying to make here is that I would have better understood the fans reaction in regards to killing off a strong supporting character, *snaps fingers* "just like that". Which was the case of Captain Jean DeWolff, as she was a recurring character in the Spider-Man mythos, and word was, there was still so much that could have been done with her. Looking back at it now, killing off a character whom was still bursting with potential is pretty cool.

The Amazing Spider-Man: The Death of Jean DeWolff is a four part series written by Peter David, and is a trade paper back that collects Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man issues 107 - 110. The story follows Spider-Man as he searches the city for any leads on DeWolff's killer whom calls himself the Sin-Eater. The story is indeed gripping, dark, and most of all, believable.

The character development is very strong all around for the major players. We get to know the sinister drive of the Sin-Eater, and along with being a cold blooded murderer, he's also a formidable opponent, because he was able to battle Spider-Man and make a get away. Spider-Man is also heavily delved into, as the reader gets to see a side of him that was rare for the time. Although Spider-Man's intentions are indeed noble, he soon becomes blinded by his bloodlust, and in doing so, in some ways, he takes steps into becoming what he's so against; thus, becoming a villain in the eyes of the people he's protecting. Spider-Man's antics also puts him at odds with Daredevil and he plays a big role as well, since he too suffers the loss of a friend to the Sin-Eater. Daredevil is also examined as we get to see a selfish side to his personality, which eventually eats away at him.

This story isn't completely standard comic book fare. However, the reader gets their fill of average "superheroing", but what drives the narrative away from your basic good vs. evil storytelling, are the realistic themes that come up; to name only one, such as the publics safety in regards to the police and even criminals. I can't exactly get into it without spoiling major plot points, and this is something I won't do; but I will mention that the overall questions asked, and the themes examined are thought provoking because they feel so genuine.

Although the artwork has a dated feel I still think it's beyond passable. I enjoyed the hand to hand action scenes, and the murder panels of Sin-Eater taking people out with his shotgun can be a little disturbing, even though the kills aren't very graphic. I do have somewhat of an issue with the character designs, because everyone seems to be too much of the same size in height and muscularity; but the strong story and plot easily overshadows these small issues for me.

The Death of Jean DeWolff is a very important piece of history in the world of Spider-Man. The outcome of this story had major consequences, such as Spider-Man developing a fear of his own strength, which leads to him suffering a crushing defeat to Electro much later on; and most importantly, this story would also play heavily into the birth of Venom, one of Spider-Man's most persistent and deadliest enemies.

In closing, this is among the best Spider-Man stories I have ever read. It's well paced, has a very strong story and plot, great ending, and the action panels aren't that far apart. It isn't overly action driven as let's say Round Robin, and definitely isn't as slow pace as Kraven's Last Hunt; but I would surely consider it a must read for comic fans. Recommended.

Pros: Gripping and well-paced narrative, great ending, lack of predictability, guest star

Cons: None
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