SpartanNerd Review…The Amazing Spider-Man #1: Renew Your Vows

By now, you know that Spider-Man was at one time the top of my list of comics characters.  I haven’t read any Spider-Man since “Back In Black.”  The story splitting Peter and Mary Jane Watson up repelled me, and I walked away from comics for awhile.  I did pick up Amazing Spider-Man #1 last year after Superior Spider-Man came to a close.  (The idea of Doc Ock as Spider-Man…no as Peter Parker…was also very repulsive to me.)

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So I saw this on the shelf while I was failing at Friday Night Magic…I decided to give it a shot.

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I haven’t been reading Secret Wars…Marvel’s current story…a throwback to the big story from the 1980’s.  This blurb clears things up a bit, and makes the story accessible.  For me, it also represents a disclaimer.  Presented here is almost an “else worlds” or “What If?” story.  I understand that the writers are trying to bring back fans of different past versions of their characters.  DC did this with Convergence.  Now Marvel is doing it with Secret Wars.

Incidentally, I am quite a fan of Dr. Doom.  Maybe I SHOULD be reading Secret Wars.

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The Spider-Man child…this is a new development…and very important to this particular story line.  Her name is Annie.

We are largely seeing a happy family.  MJ is concerned about Peter.  When Peter goes to work, he learns that something is happening to the super heroes.  So he goes to visit the Avengers to see what’s up.

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We get a very enlightening conversation between Spidey and Iron Man.  The Avengers don’t know Spider-Man’s identity.  Some of what was “fixed” with the same story that split Peter and MJ up.  The world “forgot” Spider-Man’s secret identity…divulged during the Marvel Civil War.  (I know this from talking to people at The Tangled Web.)

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Since a major criminal breakout happened, Spidey suddenly knew his family was in danger.  The one guy who knew his secret identity…Eddie Brock.

I would like to say that I am glad to see Venom as a bad guy again!  The SpartanTeen read that Agent Venom story, where Venom was a good guy…Also I was put-off by that story.  Could they PLEASE stop destroying the characters!

Eddie Brock Venom is as disgusting as ever.  “We will suck out her lungs,” in reference to Annie.  Typical rant from classic Eddie Brock Venom, mid 1990s.

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If a psycho said this about my daughter….What would I do…Spidey does just that.  KILLS VENOM!

Sorry for giving it away, readers.  But it is necessary…You see, this story is “The most controversial Spidey story of the year!” You were going to hear it one way or another!

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We learn that there is a bad guy…”Regent” who is killing super powered people and stealing their powers for himself.IMG_6194

What does Spidey say about this…

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Chilling!  And unexpected, really.

A lot of people have said in the past that they preferred the bachelor Spider-Man to the married man.  That Mary Jane became a liability.  Aunt May certainly always was.  The “Back in Black” story arc showed Peter and his family targeted, and Spider-Man beating up Kingpin more than I ever saw him beat anyone.

But this just outright killing of Venom, because his family’s safety was at stake…

Well that’s … controversial!

I am now hooked, and will keep reading!

I give this story a 5/5!  It does what it was supposed to do.  It is a no frills origin story of an alternate universe Spider-Man.  We have the information we need, and what might be fuzzy is clearly spelled out.  The art is good.  I even like little Annie.  (I wonder if she will have powers?)

One of my hopes is when they stitch the worlds back together, we have a married but “normal” Spider-Man!

SpartanNerd gives Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man #1: Renew Your Vows a 5/5.  Do you agree, or disagree, oh Hub City Geeks?  Let me know in the comments!

his story is addressing the larger story…Heroes disappearing and dying. Venom is back…as Eddie Brock…Disgusting as ever.  The way I like it.  “We will suck out her brains.” Spider-Man evidently kills Venom! There is an insert talking about “The most controversial Spidey story of the year.”  More than one reason, it seems. The art wasn’t distracting at all.  It was in fact very captivating.   Talk about ASM #1 from last year…and what you thought of the art. Always “With great power comes great responsibility.”  This issue turns it on its head saying that family trumps this saying.  

SpartanNerd…The End of an Era (Convergence)

Back in 2011, I was getting interested in comics again.  I had discovered “Comixology,” and was reading Conan the Barbarian and other titles lightly.  This was new to me…I had never read this stuff before.  But I thought it a good alternative to Marvel, who’s take on Spider-Man had pushed me away, and from DC whose universe seemed so large and old that I was intimidated by it.

When the news that DC was going to relaunch it’s whole lineup and re-number to #1s came down, I thought, “now is the time.” I began getting the digital copies, and enjoyed it really too much, probably.  So I subscribed to the physical copies of the titles I liked best, Detective Comics, Batman and Robin, Batman, Justice League, Action Comics, and Aquaman.

Eventually I pared this down to only the Batman titles, and Masters of the Universe, of course.  And Batman has been a part of my life for several years.  I didn’t mind that his universe wasn’t completely re-booted.  I figured they would have alienated a ton of fans if they did.  I had little trouble getting into his universe…most of his enemies and allies did receive new treatment.  The only thing that jarred me at first was Damien, and I think he grew to be my favorite Robin, though.  I really felt wronged though, when they killed him off in the only title I wasn’t reading, “Batman Inc.”  And I wrote about that here on SpartanNerd.com extensively.  (I also think they gave haven’t written Tim Drake correctly.)

Still, this wasn’t enough to make me stop reading.  And I have enjoyed “Forever Evil” “Gothtopia”and all of the other “events” that involved Batman.  Also, Batman snd Superman has been a really good title, tying back to the beginning of the New 52 with connections to the Justice League story.  I wouldn’t know as much about Wonder Woman, Supergirl (Power Girl) or Huntress.

Finally, I thought the resurrection of Damien was really good.  And am happy, even ecstatic that he is back, and that he has super powers now as a new twist.

But DC Comics is voicing dissatisfaction with the New 52 universe.  I don’t know why…I guess just re-naming it wouldn’t be enough.  I heard things like they are out of ideas.  Or there are continuity errors.  The idea thing is a croc.  But there is no denying there are continuity errors.  Batman Eternal is busting with background noise from the Robin Rises story…for instance, this past week Raj Al Ghul referring to Batman’s leaving him in a frozen ravine…and in the same issue Batman looking longingly at one of the future Batmen and saying “Damien…”  Other continuity errors have come up as a result of writers leaving and other problems.  Geoff Johns just needed to keep a tighter reign on everyone.

And maybe that is what’s going to happen.  I have been lightly reading “Multiversity.”  I actually have the first issue and the guidebook.  What “Convergence” is supposed to do is do away with the Multiverse, and leave only the continuity established by the DC New 52.  They will use this event to correct some inconsistencies.

I am OK with this, but I feel a little bit of loss.  With the end of the Multiverse, that will take those Earth 3 “Heroes” out of the picture.  And what about the “Obama Superman.”  He will be gone.  No more Earth 2.  I never even read Earth 1.  The Multiversity guidebook presents a lot of cool characters.  Are these all going to be gone?  DC never has explained how Masters of the Universe fits into the New 52 universe.  He-Man “killed” Superman for crying out loud!

I think it will be cool to see the Flashpoint universe characters again.  I think it might be cool to see the old universe characters again.  The Convergence is supposed to bring these popular ideas back.  (I read the Flashpoint Batman stories after getting into the New 52…creepy!)

But I think I might just step off after the Convergence.  Maybe cherry pick the stories that interest me rather than subscribe.  Already I am forking over to get to the end of Batman Eternal and Future’s End.  I have a ton of comics now.  And I will have a complete collection of New 52 Batman books.  I hear that Marvel is doing something similar, and if they give us a clean starting point with Spider-Man, I will be back to reading that again.

SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review…Marvel Select “The Amazing Spider-man 2”

We have a new Marvel Select figure at the SpartanNerd house…Marvel Select “The Amazing Spider Man 2” Spider-man!

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Spider-Man came in this box…It isn’t that remarkable.  Just a large window and you can see the components inside.  This was one of two choices in Marvel Select Spider-Man figures available at our local comic book store, “The Tangled Web.”  The other is basically the same figure, but with a crushed car as the stand, and lacking a swappable hand.

Here’s the back…

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“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” references that movie that never should have been made…

(Tobey MacGuire IS Spider-Man…When they announce the premature reboot I was highly disillusioned and haven’t seen either one..)

Regardless of my feelings about what this figure represents, is it a good Spider-Man figure…Read on, oh Hub City Geeks!

Spider-man comes with all the things pictured here, as well as a promotional poster which I threw away instead of photographing.

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So you get a stand, an extra right hand with a closed fist, two webs, and a stand that is actually the awning under Spidey’s apartment window.

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The stand can hang on your wall like a picture if you want.

I like this stand, and I think the grubby looking apartment with the wall-unit hanging out over a ratty green awning is quite comic book accurate.

(I wonder what several of these stands strategically placed would be like…the whole side of an apartment building!)

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There are pegs on the wall of the stand…Spider-Man’s power is that he can stick to walls, right?  Here is an attempt to make that work.  This was one of many poses I tried…Spidey does have holes in his feet, but why would you stand him up straight on this stand?  That seems to be the intention, however.

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Here you go…you know you wanted to see the backside of Spider-Man anyways.

Spider-Man’s webs are pretty neat!  They both have a little hook that you may use to connect the ends together to make one super long web, or you can connect them to one of Spider-Man’s fingers and make it seem that he just shot the web.  The webs are not straight, they are bent and curved in a tasteful way.

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This may be my favorite Spider-Man photo ever!  You can see how the webs work in this picture. (above)

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I tried to flex Spider-Man into classic comic poses.  This toy isn’t quite articulated enough for some of Spidey’s most iconic looks, for instance, the Todd McFarlane look.  (My favorite, of course.)  Above is my attempt at one of his most famous poses, “the kiss” pose from Spider-Man 3.  His legs just don’t bend that way.  I wish he had upper thigh cut articulation.  Instead, Spidey can’t really move his knees above his waist.

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This figure looks good with other Marvel Select pieces.  Here he is on Deadpool’s stand.  Those webs add great flavor…as if he just landed and they are in motion behind him!

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Hey, that’s my stand!

You can see that he is a little shorter than Deadpool.  I don’t know if you can tell from the pic or not, but his fist hand has a little hole where you can make it hold one of the webs too!

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Thanos towers over Spider-Man.

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Thor is much more muscular…however comparing these two isn’t fair.  Thor is not good as an action figure.  (I wrote a previous review of the Marvel Select Thor.)

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But compared to these action figures, Marvel Select Spider-Man is clearly superior.

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So what do I rate Marvel Select “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” Spider-Man?

I give the figure a 4/5.  Spidey’s sculpt is just what you would expect.  I don’t care for the newest movie’s design for the spider emblem on his chest, but this figure minimizes that.  The paint is just as good as you should expect for a $25 figure.  He comes with two great webs, and a pretty decent stand.  I subtracted a point, however because he isn’t as flexible as a Spider-Man figure should be.  He IS as articulated as the other Marvel select figures.  But he should have more joints or something.

so, what would you rate Marvel Select Spider-Man?  Do you agree with my rating of 4/5?  Let me know!