Marvel Masterworks The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 6 by Stan Lee is getting Spiderman in the larger story arcs. Spiderman has had minor stories arc like turning in his costume then having to use a spare, injuring his shoulder and being in a cast, or poor Aunt May being sick and weak for a couple issues. The villains have lasted only two issues until now. Spidey fights Doc Oct. and Kingpin for 3 – 4 issues. The main villains are Kingpin, who was just introduced in Amazing Spider-Man issue 50 and is in 5 issues in this volume, Doc Oct, Mysterio, and Allister Smythe and his Spider Slayer. Peter Parker’s love life takes a turn where he has to choose Gwen Stacey and Mary Jane Watson. This volume sees a death of a minor but important character, and introduces Gwen’s father Captain Stacey and Robbie Robertson who are all important to Peter Parker / Spiderman’s legacy. Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 6 collects The Amazing Spider-Man 51 -61 and Annual #4
Plots: Kingpin wants to take down all those articles about organized crime, and heads for J. Jonah Jamison to stop him for good. Jamison and Spidey team up to make a very unusual pair. Doc Ock has just been released from prison he wants to lay low to scheme on stealing a power device, he just happens to look for a room when Mary Jane opens one up. These issues hit close to home, as he cannot go after Doc Ock because he has charmed Aunt May. Spiderman has lost his memory and tricked into being a bad guy for sometime proving Jamison right. Kazar visits New York and tracks the menace that is Spiderman down.
What I Liked: The advanced storytelling and the bigger arcs that really up the stakes. Spiderman doesn’t win all the time, and has some great cliffhangers, that make you keep turning the pages. The spiderman classic quips are really clever and a joy to read. The Brainwasher itself was lame but I did like how it was attached to Oscorp and we got to see Norman Osborn as the victim, still struggling with life after not remembering he is the Green Goblin. Allister Smythe is becoming the ruthless creator of the Spider Slayer that I remember; it has taken him 4 appearances to nail the character. Gwen Stacey blinds Peter with science where he can talk about science with here and not Mary Jane. I liked some of the hard choices Peter and Spiderman have to make in this volume.
What I Disliked: The Brianwasher storyline took a long while to get good. The Spidey and the Human Torch Annual was 48 pages and took so long to get started. I have liked one annual storyline and it was the first one.
Recommendations: This Volume is great and big issue in terms of Spiderman story arcs and multiple issue storytelling. The Kingpin is mainly thought of a Daredevil villain but the first 5 issues the Kingpin makes a big splash with how ruthless and smart he is. I rated The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 6 by Stan Lee 4 out of 5 stars.