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4.0 out of 5 stars The Goblin tale is superb, but the Big Wheel sucks., 26 Nov 2007
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I. R. Kerr (Lancashire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Essential Spider-Man: v. 8 (Marvel Comics) (Paperback)
The opening tale has one of my favourite Marvel covers of all time on issue 161 as Spider-Man is joined by X-Man Nightcrawler and the Punisher track down a sniper.
A whole horde of Spider-Man's old foes return with a vengeance Kingpin, Stegron, the Lizard, a new Spider-Slayer, the tragic Molten Man and a rejuvenated Silvermane. The Tinkerer is even lurking in the background.
New threats materialise in Will-o'-the Wisp which sees the return of Dr. Jonas Harrow, Dr.Faustus, the Rocket Racer and the White Dragon. There's even a whodunnit with Photon and the hordes of AIM guest-starring Nova.
The highlight of this series of tales by far is the brilliant twisting 5 issue epic as the Green Goblin returns which more than makes up for the following below par Big Wheel and Rocket Racer stumbler. The Goblin tale goes through so many different turns before the pieces eventually fall into place with a surprise finale.
Peter Parker finally graduates, he proposes to Mary Jane and Betty Brant returns near the end to give him a further relationship headache.
These tales ran in parallel with those reprinted in Essential Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man volume 1. Just what where they thinking of with the Big Wheel?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Graduation?, 3 Dec 2008
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This review is from: Essential Spider-Man: v. 8 (Marvel Comics) (Paperback)
This selection of Spiderman comics are enjoyable, some of which last a few comics. We see Spiderman taking on some of the best villians again including Kingpin and the Lizard.

We see more about the Kingpin than in previous comics for the Kingpin arrived just a a huge thug but we see his more human side where he hopes to bring his son back. The Lizard plotlines remain the same but they are always entertaining so theres no argument from me there.

This volume also sees Peter decide to ask Mary Jane to marry him but is turned down with Mary Jane saying sees too much of a "free spirit" but we can only wonder if there is more to it.

Another entertaining part is when Spiderman has to take on the Punisher again and Nightcrawler from the x-men. The Punisher continues to pop up in the Spiderman comics and I this he's one of the best Marvel heroes out there with such a cold attitude.

Aunt May has recently had a bit of a change as she is usually seen as the doting frail aunt but the writers have turned her into a bit of an actovist. Peter continues to juggle his personnal, work and alter-ego life and you feel sorry for him at times and not to make matters worse Betty returns for more confusion for Peter.
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Essential Spider-Man: v. 8 (Marvel Comics) by Stan Lee (Paperback - 18 April 2007)
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