2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
You have to hand it to Marvel it was a stroke of genius to bring out another title for its most loved character to run alongside the Amazing Spider-Man and the successful Team-Up series; and it worked.
I missed most of these stories first time round as I mainly collected the Team up titles and it was a pleasure to catch up on what I missed.
The stories bring back a whole host of villains from Spider-Man's past Kraven the Hunter, Vulture, Morbius, Beetle, The Enforcers, Scorpion and the Masked Marauder, featuring Daredevil. There are also a few more recent foes Tarantula and the Hitman and new creations such as Lightmaster and a new more evil Hate-Monger.
There's also appearances from Medusa and the Inhumans, from Angel and Ice-Man as the life in the Champions team flickers out, Moon Knight as he and Spidey take on the Maggia and their Gallic ally Cyclone and new allies in Razorback and the White Tiger.
The real gem of this book is the last 7 stories where the cadaverous Carrion is introduced first confronting the Maggia and the Masked Marauder before he takes centre stage as his secret, and macabre, origin is revealed.
This is a truly superb collection and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2009
Now more than ever, I am grateful for the essential spider-man series.
And the Spectacular Spider-man series is becoming my favourite of them all.
With the recent retcon of the spider-man world, as well as all the various changes spider-man has gone through in the last couple of years, I have all but given up reading spider-man. His powers are constantly changing, as is his suit, and now his relationship with MJ never existed!!!
So I pick up these essential books with a sigh of relief, getting back to a less complicated time in spider-mans life, but no less an interesting, and entertaining one. This book starts off with a clash with Tarantula, which leads to a story involving both Tarantula and Kraven the Hunter.
And the stories don't let up from there, this leads to the introduction of Lightmaster. Then the Vulture turning up for revenge, and both Vulture and Spidey running afoul of the Hitman. With battles featuring Morbius, the Hate-Monger (and also the Man-Beast), The Champions' Angel and Iceman with Rampage, The Scorpion, and with allies such as White Tiger, Razorback, and Moon Knight, this is deffinately a collection you will fly through.