Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 7 by Stan Lee

Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 7 by Stan Lee is a lot of long form spiderman tales with the most beautiful artwork to date. This volume contains the small first run of The Spectacular Spiderman which only ran 2 issues. One of the book is black and white pencil drawings that are just beautiful with Peter Parker looking closer to what he looks like today. The big issue in this volume is the return of the Green Goblin, which has been building up for sometime, and leads to a big finish with the Green Goblin being the only enemy that knows Peter Parker’s true Identity. The other notable issues are the battle of the two Vultures, and an epic Mysterio which was my favorite two parter issues so far in the series. We get to find out what happened to Peter Parker’s parents, and how they died. Mary Jane gets a perm, and it is not pretty. Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 7 collects issues of The Spectacular Spiderman (1968) 1-2; The Amazing Spider-Man 62-67 and Annual 5.

The Plots: Medusa from the Inhumans comes to Earth to learn about humanity and becomes a hair model, when she is bored with that the owner tricker her into fighting Spiderman for publicity. The to Vultures duke it out to prove who is the almighty Vulture. Spiderman after a fight with the winning vulture gets taken to prison infirmary to await trial then has to save Captain Stacy after a jail break. Spiderman battles a crooked politician and his giant. Mysterio threatens the city for a rematch with Spiderman. Norman Osborn remembers that he is the Green Goblin and Peter Parker is Spiderman at a party he throws for Harry. Peter Parker find out that his parents were spies and possible traitors to the USA, it is up to Spiderman to uncover the truth.

What I Liked: The art is so incredible for each issue of The Spectacular Spiderman I really like the pencil drawings, really incredible use of shading. Mysterio is my favorite of the Spiderman villains and these issues were so cool and really showed off what he can do. The Vulture storyline was really fun and I’m glad that the original Vulture was back. Th return of the Green Goblin was fun and the party scene where Norman test Peter Parker was heavily inspired the scene in the very first Spiderman with Toby Maguire.

What I Disliked: Mary Jane with a perm is a horrible idea. The first issue in The Spectacular Spiderman is pretty to look at, but man is that story a dud, it also drops storyline from the Amazing Spiderman, only to be right back when the volume switches back to The Amazing Spiderman. So that was a little confusing.

Recommendations: This volume was a mixed bag three strong stories and 2 okay stories and one dud. My favorite in terms of Art so far and my favorite two parter so far, that dud story line is bad and felt so long. I rated Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 7 by Stan Lee 4 out of 5 stars.

Book Review: Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 4 by Stan Lee

Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 4 by Stan Lee, is the best yet since the original volume. Spiderman grows a lot in this comic, PeterParker is no longer a high schooler but a college Freshmen. In this volume Peter meets his future best friend Harry Osborn, and his controlling dad Norman Osborn. Peter meets a woman that could rival Mary Jane in blonde vixen, Gwen Stacy. Peter and the readers almost see Mary Jane but she remains blocked. Peter and Betty Brandt finally call it quits when they have a blow out, that ends in Betty leaving Peter and the Daily Bugle. Peter is unmasked by his biggest rival the Green Goblin, which unmask himself when he has him captured. Doctor Octopus, Kraven the Hunter, The Green Goblin and Molten Man, who is actually becoming one of my favorite of the B list bad guys, all come back in these issues to terrorize Spiderman. The only new villain is a robot creator, who is kind of lame. Kurt Conners returns not as the Lizard but as a reformed scientist that owes Spiderman a favor for discovering the antidote that cured him. The stories are mostly connected taking 3 and 2 issues to complete the arc. This was good fun, web slinging action, with a lot of heart and some heartbreak.

The Plots: Aunt May is sick and in the hospital on Peter’s first day of college. He’s not really there and most believe his stuck up because he won the science grant and is ignoring everyone. Aunt May is sick with a radioactive isotope is May’s blood. Peter blames himself as he donated blood to save her life a little while ago, now his radioactive blood is killing her. He searches for KurtConners who owes him a favor, he agrees to help Spiderman, and orders a rare chemical that is needed, but another bad guy needs it for a power source. The bad guy steals the chemical, they fight, Spiderman is pinned with the chemical just out of hands reach, as the ocean water seeps in (the picture on the cover is that moment). he must take everything he has to save himself and Aunt May. Kaven is determined to beat Spiderman once and for all. The Green Goblin comes up with a plan to take away Spiderman’s Spider Sense so he can watch him unaware, which he does and knows his secret identity.

What I Liked: I loved when Peter Parker is captured by the Green Goblin, he tries to use his web slingers that aren’t there because he is Peter Parker. I liked the Peter Betty drama and how hard it is to me Spiderman. The pulling the machine off his body and gathering the internal strength to keep going after his muscles are almost gone from the fatigue, and just using will power. I liked seeing Curt Conners back on the side of good. I liked the Green Goblin reveal and the backstory behind it. Molten Man really surprised Spiderman, and his story was fun. J Jonah Jamison dealing with all the secretaries that quit because of his bad behaviors that Betty could put up with. The long stories were good and add the anticipation, that made them flow over a couple of issues.

What I Disliked: There’s only two new villains the Meteor and a jailed robot maker, both were really lame.

Recommendation: This was my favorite volume since the first. I totally recommend you read this awesome volume, that steps up the long form storytelling, ratchets up the emotions, and maintains the excitement. This volume is not as funny as the last couple but makes up is serious more mature storytelling. I rated Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 4 by Stan Lee 5 out of 5 stars.

Book Review: Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-man volume 3 by Stan Lee

Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-man volume 3 by Stan Lee This continues Spiderman 2nd year to his third. He comes closer to finding out the secret identity of the Green Goblin. Peter Parker gets closer to finally going on a date with Mary Jane Watson, she is only seen by others as Peter Parker pursues Betty Brandt . We get to see the birth of Scorpion, Molten Man and the first Spider Slayer. J Jonah Jamison takes his hate for Spiderman to new levels and he creates two bad guys the Scorpion and the Spider Slayer. Peter Parker graduates High School and finally stands up to Flash Thompson.

The Plots: J. Jonah Jamison determined to find Spiderman’s secrets hires a shady private eye to follow Peter Parker around since he always photographs Spiderman. Jamison meets with a scientist experimenting on adding animalistic traits to humans, and Jamison’s Private Eye is the subject. He turns into scorpion, filled with rage and a lot of sting, goes after Spiderman and Jamison, who he knows has more money. Fredrick Foswell who was fired from the paper as he was revealed to be the big Man, hits up the crime beat and covers the team up of The Green Goblin and the Crime Master. Peter Parker believes he’s one of the two. Jamison inadvertently saves Spiderman of the clutches of a former enemy in disguise. Jamison controls the Spider Slayer that keeps going after Peter Parker for some reason. Spiderman’s costume is found by aunt may, making Spiderman buy one in a shop.

What I Liked: The spider suit fiasco was pretty good and spread across 4 issues. It is not everyday you get to see Spiderman thwarted by aunt May. I liked that the guest stars weren’t over the top, just Johnny Storm from the Fantastic Four and Doctor Strange, they actually serve a purpose, and add to the story. Peter Parker’s love life goes through the ringer with Betty Brandt, Liz Allen, and them both meeting Mary Jane Watson and assuming she’s Peter’s girl on the side. We meet Ned Leeds, who his rival for Betty Brandt’s affections, and eventually become the villain the Hobgoblin. In Marvel’s Spiderman Homecoming and Spiderman Far from Home Ned Leeds plays his best friend. I have always thought of Molten man being kind of a lame secondary character, but his origin was one of the strongest yet for Spiderman’s villains.

What I Disliked: The Cat Burglar storyline was a dud. The Spiderman and Doctor Strange team up was just okay, it could have been better.

Recommendations: This Spiderman didn’t have all the flashy villains, but the storytelling vastly improved. The stories are more continuous and make you want to read on more. I love J. Jonah Jamison and we get a lot more of him in this graphic novel. I rated Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume Three 4 out of 5 stars.

Book Review: Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2 by Stan Lee

Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2 by Stan Lee continues the early years of Spiderman. Spiderman will is introduced to some of his greatest villains Mysterio, Green Goblin, and Karaven the Hunter, and the Sinister Six will meet for the first time. We get deep into Peter Parker’s love life, and Spiderman constantly messing it up. We get the entire marvel line up to cameo in these issues of Spiderman; they are Hulk, Ironman, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, Thor, The Fantastic Four, Antman, and Wasp. The book has challenging storylines that question manhood and doing what is right instead of what you want to do. This book has the first death, it’s a minor character but still kind of shocking. This Graphic Novel collects The Amazing Spider-Man 11-19 and annual 1.

The Plots: Spiderman by Doc Ock unmasked and revealed to be Peter Parker but he got the spider sickness and lost power temporally, everybody thought he was stupid and brave. Spiderman gets lured into being a movie star by the Green Goblin but the action scenes are real. The Green Goblin makes Spiderman run away, and think about giving up being Spiderman. Kraven the Hunter wants to hunt the most dangerous game; Spiderman! J. Jonah Jameson’s envy of Spiderman tarts taking a toll and will lea to him accidentally creating the Scorpion soon. Liz Allen, Peter Parker’s high school crush, is finally starting to see the man he is becoming, but he’s already moved on to J. Jonah Jameson’s secretary Betty Brandt, it creates an interesting love triangle, with Liz Allen’s on again/off again boyfriend Flash Thompson in the mix.

What I Liked: the drawing is better Jack Kirby is the creator of the character but Steve Ditko has perfected it and gave us lots of the iconic Spiderman looks. The Daredevil was the best cameo, as he has to fight a possessed Spiderman. The birth of the Green Goblin Spiderman’s most fearsome foe, the introduction story is pretty lame but the second was a lot of fun. The Green Goblin is the only villain who identity remains unknown, so far. The Sinister Six is a lot of fun six bad guys to get through, in an extended 48 page story. we do see the beginnings of the budding romance between Aunt May and Doc Ock who she is instantly charmed by. I enjoyed the one comic where Spiderman thinks about hanging it up, it is a bold move to have no fighting and running away, as it looks at the psychological toll being Spiderman puts on Peter Parker.

What I Disliked: I said it last time and I will say it again the Enforcers who are in 3 issues, they are kind of lame. The first Green Goblin story just doesn’t make sense in motivation and story.

Recommendations: These issues have every marvel hero of note in them the writing and action are fun. The origin stories are villains are still being used, in the movies. Kraven the Hunter and Chameleon are the only villains of note not in the movies, But I think Kraven is coming. I enjoy reading things from the beginning a love finding out more about the character of Spiderman. I rated Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2 by Stan Lee 4 out of 5 stars.

Book Review: Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spiderman Volume 1 by Stan Lee

Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 1 by Stan Lee is the birth of Spiderman as we know and love him. This is where we learn that “with great powers must also come with great responsibility”. This graphic novel contains Amazing Fantasy 15 and The Amazing Spider-Man 1-10. We get to see the origin stories for Spiderman’s greatest foes, like Electro, Doctor Octopus, The Vulture, The Lizard and Sandman, all goes that have been featured in various Spider-Man movies. Doctor Octopus and Sandman are the only origin stories that are the same as in the screen. We get multiple cameos of the Fantastic Four, with Spiderman trying to join them. Spiderman battles Dr. Doom and throw away villains the Enforcers and the Living Brain. We get glimpses of Peter Parker’s love life, home life, and work life. The Amazing Spider-Man comics reminded me of Archie comics with action. Peter’s love life is funny and his handling of bully Flash Thompson, who just happens to me Spiderman’s biggest fan. I’m read this as a bonus to find out which new Spiderman villain will show up in the next Spiderman movie.

The Plot: We meet Peter Parker as a nerdy teenager who has a love of science and no muscles. Gets bitten by a radioactive spider, which gives him special powers, with abilities of a spider. He tried to cash in and ends up fighting for money. He is no crime fighter and watches as a burglar escapes, saying that is not his problem. The burglar who he let go ends up killing his Uncle Ben, and he vows to do good, and becomes Spiderman. He makes New York safe from burglars and costumed foes.

What I Liked: The bully relationship with Flash Thompson and Peter Parker, it is one of the best things in these issues. I love how, it’s a competition between the two for Liz Allen, but when Peter trying to lure out the head of the crime syndicate, Flash tries to hush him for Peter’s protection. I love J. Jonah Jamison’s reason for hating Spiderman, because he’s envious. I liked the love life and all the ups and downs. I liked how serialized the early issues were the bad guys were bashing the month, but the relationships keep forming and getting stronger. My favorite villain was Doctor Octopus and I loved his origin story, not a bad guy but the arms fixed to his body making him insane.

What I Disliked: Every time Peter Parker wears glasses, the way it was drawn looks so awkward. They have a bonus story where Spiderman invites himself to a Torch of the Fantastic Four’s girlfriends house and he acts like a complete jerk, and kind of deserves the beating the Fantastic Four give him.

Recommendations: I think everybody should read about how Spiderman was created. I got this graphic novel for the insane price of 99 cents on kindle thanks to a Christmas deal, I was well worth it. I have always been a fan and have wanted to read some of his landmark moments. I rated Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man volume 1 by Stan “the man” Lee 5 out of 5 stars. I will be reading a lot more Marvel Masterworks I bought a lot when Amazon had the sale.