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SpiderMan: Origin of the Species (Amazing Spider-Man) [Hardcover]

Stan Lee Mark Waid
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19 Jan 2011 Amazing Spider-Man
With Peter Parker's ONE MOMENT IN TIME behind him and Mary Jane back in his life, Spidey finds himself ready for a new start...but the various threads of his life since his BRAND NEW DAY are about to crash together violently. When Norman Osborn's baby is born... every villain on the planet wants the first ever strain of pure Goblin blood, leaving Spider-Man's friends and family exposed to a Sinister plan that threatens to bring down every strand or Peter's life that's been stitched together carefully over the past few years. COLLECTING: Amazing Spider-Man #642-647

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL (19 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785146210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785146216
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 18 x 26.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 737,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fathers and sons and lovers 21 July 2013
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
This storyline runs through issues #642-647 of the Amazing Spider-Man, which, along with Web of Spider-Man #12 and the Spider-Man Saga, are collected as Spider-Man: Origin of the Species (Amazing Spider-Man). These are well-written issues, though with variable art, as in the first issue the cartoony style of art meant that I had no idea initially that the two main characters were MJ and Peter.

The main feature, issues #642-646 - "Origin of the Species" - starts with Doctor Octopus gathering a motley crew of villains for hire to search for a mysterious package, which shortly after crashes through the window of the Coffee Bean on a Goblin Glider and gives birth to a son and heir for the Osborn dynasty, for it is Lilly the Menace, recently escaped from captivity. There follows a Spectacular four-issue chase through New York for possession of the Amazing baby, as Spider-Man tries to keep it out of the tentacles of Doc Ock's henchmen. Long story short, Spidey and Doc Ock have to team-up against the Lizard before it all ends in tears, but what sort of tears, and whose, you'll have to read it to find out.

Web of Spider-Man #12 - "Arms Against a Sea of Troubles" - is Doctor Octopus's origin, as narrated by him, so how much is believable is anyone's guess.

Amazing Spider-Man #646 - "Another Door" - is either a very big issue, or else a lot of back-up stories are packed in behind it. The main feature is Harry Osborn's farewell party, as he and the baby (no spoilers) are leaving town for a new life out from Norman Osborn's reach. It's a fancy-dress party, at Aunt May's, with Jay and May dressed as Miss America and the Whizzer, and Harry and the baby dressed as Irony and Dr.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fastpaced Webslinging Anarchy with a Heart 12 Jun 2011
By Garrett Cook - Published on Amazon.com
Comics fans back both themselves and comic writers into a corner with their attitudes sometimes. On the one hand, the fans clamor for new material and complain when things get stale, on the other, change drives them into a frothing frenzy of hatred. Of course, comics aficionados have plenty to be angry about. Constant big loud, complicated events full of meaningless character "deaths" and changes of allegiance that don't really matter have left many readers jaded and untrusting. I'm one of those readers. I hate perpetual crossover events. When Brand New Day first came out, I thought Marvel was making a big mistake. Resetting Peter Parker's life and destroying his marriage seemed almost comically lazy. But Origin of the Species shows how much progress Marvel has made in building Peter's new world and how much potential it has. This is Spiderman the way it used to be. A hapless young man in a delicate situation pursued by deadly freaks and forced to deal with the idea that people's lives get a lot worse when he's around. Character and action are balanced really well and the untraditional more cartoonish art style works well with the story, both modern and a throwback. The extra chapters showing the aftershock in the lives of Peter's friends are all well written and all a good addition to the Spiderman canon. Spiderman is a balance between dark and light, between cartoon, realism and melodrama. It's a tough series to write and Waid did a great job.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brand New Day Ends 21 Sep 2011
By Transformers03 - Published on Amazon.com
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In 2008, Marvel started Brand New Day, setting up Spider-Man's new status in the Marvel universe after One More Day. After nearly three years later, it finally comes to an end. Some fans loved BND, some hated it, while others thought the individual stories in BND were either hit or misses. To me, I loved it, and will miss it. But it did end with good note, even though it's not the 'Best' story in Brand New Day.

The premise is this: Norman Osborn's (Green Goblin) and Lily Hollister's (Menace) new baby is born, and many of Spider-Man's villains are trying to get it. That's pretty much it, just Spidey fighting a bunch of his villains, while at the same time trying to protect the baby.

The story is fun, showing A LOT of elements from past Brand New Day stories. It brings back new villains that were introduce in past 102 issues of BND, like Freak and the new Vulture. It also brings back Spidey's original rogues gallery, but whom have change during BND, like Doctor Octopus, Electro, and the Rhino. Though it doesn't have anything Jaw-dropping, it does have it's own share of twists and turns.

But the story does have it's flaw. Despite I DO LOVE this story, its actually pretty simple (minus the twists I've mention) and straight forward. Also, even though it did have it's moments, the dialogue wasn't anything special for the most part. Even Spider-Man's jokes aren't even that funny for most of the time, and I usually laugh at ANY joke he makes. But overall, the main story is fun and enjoyable, despite it's flaws.

An other slight problem I had with the story was the final issue, which wasn't even part of the Origin of The Species story. It acted mostly as an epilogue to that story, and was to give the writers on the book a fond farewell. But the stories that were in it were mostly just decent. The main story of the final issue is just find, no problem with it. But the others ranged from pretty good, to awfully written. The issue was still a pretty decent ending for Brand New Day, it just wasn't as great as previous BND stories.

An other thing is the art, which, to my surprise, I really like. But just to clarify, in my head, there's no such thing as a bad artist. So what if certain artists can't be consistent, or can't draw proper anatomy, or show emotion on character's faces. It's still their art style, and if someone doesn't like it, there's probably someone else who does. But MOST of the flaws I mention are not what is wrong with this book, Paul Azaceta (the books artists') did a good job on this book, even though I never really liked his previous work on Spider-Man. But I can tell A LOT of people won't like his work, mostly because, well, its not very attracted art. The main problem is that most of the characters who don't wear custom look ugly, especially the females. But his art is eye-popping, with the fights being well drawn and he is able to draw costume characters better, with the exception of some (the Rhino looks to fat to me).

But even if you don't like the art, the story is good enough to distract it. This is good final story to Brand New Day, and it deserves to be a part of any Spider-Man fan's collection.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great title story, followed by tons of filler 1 Feb 2014
By Surferofromantica - Published on Amazon.com
I loved the title story - cool, gritty art that reminded me of an indie comic. I like how Paul Azaceta (and later his partner Matthew Southworth) draws gritty lines and Spidey with small eye-covers (they keep getting bigger and bigger with all these cutesy versions of Spidey), and how they have wicked, edgy cartoon-ey situations. Naturally, we have plenty of Spidey-drama - Peter seems to be between girlfriends at the moment - but at least there's not much of Aunt May, and when we see her she's a party-chick and entertaining wife of J Jonah Jameson's dad, Jay. Weird jokes about Peter wearing an ugly "gag gift" sweater on the hottest day of summer, and the entrance of a pregnant, horned Lili Hollister, giving birth on a cafe floor, wild rooftop chases baby-in-hand (kind of like a Bruce Willis movie), the entrance of Tombstone and Shocker (minor Spidey-villains from ages ago), and then incomes a horribly deformed Doc Ock (so that's what he's like now - I haven't bought a comic in 25 years, good to catch up to what my favorite characters are up to these days… yeesh!!). And then along comes… the Lizard! Really amazing stuff!! I like the scene where he talks down a raging Rhino, and his brief confrontation with Mysterio (props to the authors, who make it brief - Mysterio is a one-trick pony who should not cause Spidey any grief any more at this stage in the game). Cool use of Chameleon, that other one-trick pony who's actually interesting. Love how Spidey soaks down part of a riverfront building in the Hudson River just to apprehend five villains! By the end of the book, Spidey is toying with his opponent, and I love that.

"Arms against a sea of troubles" tells the story of Doctor Octopus, from the day of his fourth-grade school field trip to the aquarium, when he became fascinated by a real octopus, through his days as a jailbird after being apprehended by a young spider. Not bad, not that great either though… "Another Door" is a little piece of Peter Parker drama, with Vin Gonsales, Carlie the cop, and a menacing Harry Osborn, a misadventure with Overdrive, Peter Parker dressed up as J Jonah Jameson for Hallowe'en. Then there's a silly piece about Spidey running afoul of city by-laws when he wants to tidy up a truck wreck that is blocking traffic (?!?!), and an even sillier one about Norah the reporter, all sassy dialogue and ultra-stylized "art". Next! A few more forgettable short stories, and then a helpful recap of the Spider-man Saga that brings us up to the current story. Not bad. Also a few dossiers of Spider-man characters thrown in. Meh...

This edition didn't get high marks by reviewers, probably because the key story didn't strike their fancies, or they resented the inferior quality of the tacked-on stories. I think that the the key story has everything I expect in a great comic, that being fantastic art, a certain level of maturity, a relative lack of cheesy situations, and a few upsets and surprises - as well as a hero who somehow, despite major setbacks, manages to keep it all together.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Frenetic paced first story - art is very mixed bag 23 Oct 2013
By danny boy - Published on Amazon.com
In this comic, you get an inkling that Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson are not an item. Peter has taken up with another girl. Harry Osborn has a role here. The really fast-paced story has Spiderman trying to keep a newborn baby away from thuggish villains under the influence of Doc Ock. Too many villains are crawling out of the woodwork to give Spidey a really hard time. Spidey responds in his own flippant wisecracking way and when the odds are down, proceeds to wipe the floor with every single villain. This single plotline cheapens the value of credible villains for Spidey to face off against in the future. The drawings are not attractive. Peter looks like Harry (?) or a hispanic. it reminded me of an artist trying to draw like Joe Kubert and Gil Kane combined.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Art not suited for mainstream book! 14 July 2013
By D. J. Capps - Published on Amazon.com
I like Mark Waid. I like Spider-man. I liked the story.

The art wasn't horrendous. It isn't the worst, but it could be better. Poor Carlie Cooper has a man face in this.

Just totally didn't fit Waid's style, and definitely doesn't fit a mainstream book like Spider-man in continuity! It made it hard to enjoy with such a clash.
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