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Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth (Amazing Spider-Man) Paperback – 22 Jan 2013

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US; 01 edition (22 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078516006X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785160069
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dan Slott is a comics writer best known for his work on series including DC s ARKHAM ASYLUM: LIVING HELL, and, for Marvel, THE AVENGERS and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.

Stefano Caselli is Full Professor of Banking and Finance at Bocconi University.

Artist Humberto Ramos is best known for his work on DC's Impulse and also for Crimson and Out There. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
Ends Of The Earth is the eighth collection of Dan Slott's run as writer on Amazing Spider-Man and includes #682-687 of the series, as well as the one shot Ends Of The Earth and Avenging Spider-Man #8. It marks the culmination of over a year's worth of story build and sees the latest incarnation of the Sinister Six, led by Doctor Octopus, launch what proves to be their final assault on the world and Spider-Man in particular. It's a masterpiece in big event storytelling and boasts action scenes with credible logic to go along with the explosions and whatnot, but is grounded, as many Spider-Man epics are, in the personal ramifications of even global-scale supervillainy. With Stefano Caselli and Humberto Ramos on art, it is not to be missed.

I've sort of run out of superlatives for Slott's time on this series. It would be fair to say if you've liked any of the collections before or since Ends Of The Earth, then you'll like this too, because it's as good as the best and better than the worst of it. It's got plenty of action and strong characterization. Spidey's refusal to believe, for even a second and with nary a moment of doubt, that Doc Ock's offer to save the earth from the escalation of the Greenhouse Effect is bogus is one of the book's strongest suits, particularly when he's vindicated midway through the story. There's not as much room for light-heartedness as usual, mind you, with the stakes a good deal higher, especially with Jonah's attempts to shut down Peter's employers at Horizon Labs. The Sinister Six's motivations are detailed believably and for all the time spent paying off on the last 30+ issues' worth of hinting, a fair few are laid, too, which'll come to fruition by Dying Wish's conclusion.
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By Squirr-El HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 21 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
The story running through Amazing Spider-Man issues #682-687 along with Amazing Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth #1 and Avenging Spider-Man #7 are collected as Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth (Amazing Spider-Man). Doctor Octopus is (still) dying, but now his final master-plan is ready to launch, with a little help from the governments of the Earth, for he promises to cure global warming with his satellite network if they will build him more satellites to complete it. Just to encourage them, he uses the satellites he has got working to heat up half the world as an example of what he could do if he didn't actually want to be remembered as the saviour of civilisation. The governments check his engineering diagrams and agree that it could work. Spider-Man and the Avengers disagree, of course, but they are quickly defeated by the upgraded Sinister Six, and only Spider-Man and the Black Widow escape thanks to the Silver Sable. They go on a crusade to destroy the missile launch sites, which are defended by members of the Six, plus more villains hired by Doctor Octopus. Spidey and friends recruit some minor heroes to join in their sabotage campaign, and even have to fight the enslaved Avengers, before Doctor Octopus reveals his real intent. There is a final showdown in the secret underwater base, where Spidey has to chose to save the girl or save the world. The usual choices.

Amazing Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth #1 is slotted in to the middle of the collection, where it chronologically fits, and follows the activities of some of those minor heroes in the middle of the main action, and they supply some captured technology required to advance the storyline.
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Format: Paperback
I picked up this book after reading and quite enjoying the more recent volume of Spider-Man adventures, Spider-Man: Dying Wish. I have to say that I was a little disappointed and I've probably been generous in giving Ends of the Earth three stars. One of the most striking features of this book is that we see very little of the Spider-Man supporting cast and actually for quite a long section, we don't see much of Spidey himself. In addition to this, there are a number of other factors which give you he feeling that you are not reading Spider-Man. For starters, Spidey has a new costume instead of the traditional red and blue webbed outfit and most of the action takes place outside of New York at various international locations. Also, Spidey seems to be much for of a scientific superman than is usual and there is much less use of he traditional Spider-Man attributes than previously. I think that the middle of the book which presents Amazing Spider-Man; Ends of the Earth #1 is probably the weakest section as Spidey makes only cameo appearances as various obscure characters tackle villains at international locations - this whole section could probably have been dispensed with if you ask me. Avenging Spider-Man #8 is also included as an unnecessary coda to the story - it reads like a fill-in issue. That leaves Amazing Spider-Man #682-687 to provide the meat of the book and these issues are ok although the heavy presence of the Avengers makes it read like a run of the Avengers title at times and the elongated fight scenes seem never-ending at times. There are much better Spider-Man collections that you could pick up.
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