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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing (groan), 21 Aug 2011
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This review is from: Amazing Spider-Man by David Michelinie & Todd McFarlane (Marvel Omnibus) (Hardcover)
Just over 800 pages of comics, some thirty-five issues in this massive collection, and I read it in one go. David Michelinie's Spider-Man is fun, light and engaging. Coming straight from having read a great deal of the 1990s clone-related stories, this is so, SO refreshing. Peter and MJ have to contend with eviction and related money troubles but there's no existential crises to be seen in this two-year run and that's just the way it should be: so too are there no deals to be made with devils. Quite the contrary: the fledgling marriage of the young Parker couple is all warmth and really flies in the face of latter-day marriage deniers whose will has been catered to by the buckling Joe Quesada.

While things go a little awry towards the end with that whole 'Cosmic Spidey' nonsense, at least the first half of this book is hugely compelling stuff, unputdownable even. The latter half features issues that formed parts of larger crossovers (Inferno and Acts Of Vengeance), or ones that relied on prominent events in other Spider-titles not collected here. There's also the six-issue "The Assassin Nation Plot", which one suspects was drawn out to that length to facilitate the eventual graphic novel publication in a time when that format was in its infancy. Rogues Gallery fans are treated to appearances from classics from the Lizard to the Chameleon, alongside less worthy late-1980s fodder such as Chance, Paladin and a few too many appearances by Silver Sable.

And then there's Todd. For his first pair of issues on art you wouldn't even know it WAS McFarlane, but in no time at all he puts his stamp on the book and as you may have heard revolutionised the way Spider-Man comics were to look for the 1990s and beyond. The evidence is even present in this very collection, with the few fill-in issues from Erik Larsen (who would take over as McFarlane's immediate successor when he left to illustrate AND write his own Spider-series, beginning with the 5-part Torment) owing a lot to his exaggerated, cartoonish style.

Extras include an afterword from Michelinie dated from April this year, as well as a collection of Todd's other Spider-Man work such as covers for collections and the Marvel Tales work he did. Presentation and quality is of the usual high standard in the Omnibus line, and if you can get this one for less than 50 (it's early days yet) don't hesitate. As revolutionary and revitalising as this run and this artistic collaboration may have been, it's simply a joy to read and to look at and deserves a place as a blind-buy in any serious collection. As always, if you prefer either of the two available covers (there's a variant with the black costume featured) ask Amazon for the one you'd prefer and if they can accommodate you they will.

OMNIBUS ESSENTIALS:

Page Count - 856
Binding - Sewn
Issues Collected - Amazing Spider-Man 296-329, Spectacular Spider-Man Annual 10 (10-page excerpt)
Creative Team - David Michelinie (w), Todd McFarlane, Alex Saviuk, Erik Larsen, Coleen Doran (a)
Other Books Collected - The Assassin Nation Plot, Spiderman Versus Venom, Spider-Man Legends Volume 1: Todd McFarlane Books 1, 2 and 3 and issues from Birth of Venom.
Extra Content - Afterword by David Michelinie, approx. 30 pages of McFarlane covers from Marvel Tales, interior art from Marvel Handbook, posters and TPB covers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great comic!, 4 July 2013
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This review is from: Amazing Spider-Man by David Michelinie & Todd McFarlane (Marvel Omnibus) (Hardcover)
Interesting story and great drawings. As always a great Marvel comic with all the actions it requires, I Loved it.
Have to love all in one huge book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic collection, but the same can't be said for amazon., 12 Feb 2012
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This review is from: Amazing Spider-Man by David Michelinie & Todd McFarlane (Marvel Omnibus) (Hardcover)
David Michelinie was one of Marvel's strongest writers during the 1980s, producing some of the very best Iron Man stories ever told whilst also adding a lot to Spider-Man lore by introducing characters such as Venom and Carnage. This omnibus collects the first third of his hundred or so issue run on the web head, featuring all the work he did alongside up and comer artist Todd McFarlane (who y'know, you might have heard of). Whilst McFarlane defined the art to come for Spider-Man with his giant bug eyes and spaghetti webbing, Michelinie told character focused romps for a newly wed Peter, struggling to balance his marriage and his super heroics. The two were a perfect fit for the book and wrote some true classics, namely the origin of Venom and the classic 'cosmic spider-man' ark, the latter of which was generic cross over trash that plagues this omnibus. Indeed, the second half of the book, whilst still very entertaining his filled with loose tie ins to events like 'Inferno' and 'Acts Of Vengeance'. Michelinie is really hamstrung by these events particularly during the final collected issues. However, in an 800 page book a dip in quality is more than acceptable. The pages inside are nicely over sized with glossy, high quality paper and include several extras. The biggest thing that stops me from enjoying this collection is the state it arrived in. Choosing one day delivery, I was treated to a completely battered spine, crumpled pages and pages with flicked corners. Little to no protection was offered and the most amazon did was stuff it with paper and put it in a big box. However, despite this, I'd highly recommend this book whilst it's on the cheap, despite what condition it may arrive in. The stories here make an excellent addition to any collection and look awesome on your book shelf to boot.
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