Spider-Men

Spider-Men

Book - 2012
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Spider-Man (Peter Parker) comes face-to-face with his newcomer "replacement," thirteen-year-old Miles Morales, after master illusionist Mysterio opens a door between their two worlds. Now they must work together to face the deadly villain determined to destroy two Spider-Men in one.
Publisher: New York : Marvel, c2012.
ISBN: 9780785165330
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Alternative Title: Spider-Man (Comic strip)
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rswcove
Dec 02, 2015

Crossovers are the stuff of story. Maid Marion is not native to the Robin hood story, but immigrated there. The flood narrative of Noah is borrowed from the Epic of Gilgamesh. Hanumann escaped the Hindu stories and become the Monkey King in Journey to the West.

Crossovers are old old old hat, and very popular. In the modern era, few media does the crossover as well as the comic book. And this book is a very good example of how to do a crossover well. The writers assume that readers know the characters- crossovers are written for established fans and not for new audiences after all. Bendis performs at his best, doing realistic and yet Whedon-esque dialogue that is funny, and witty and yet moves the plot. Sara Pichelli does beautiful artwork that rarely left me lost. Her only weakness is a fondness for multi-panel full page spreads that are not clearly obvious as spreads until the reader realizes that the dialogue is out of order.

This is not a deep read. Although I suspect this was foreshadowing on Marvel's part leading up to their merging of the Ultimate and regular continuity universes. But it was a blast, beautiful and heart-warming and cool. What else do you want, except a little more?

mvkramer May 26, 2015

The Peter Parker from the "regular" Marvel universe gets shoved into the Ultimate universe and meets Miles Morales. Felt like a torch-passing/official endorsement for the younger web-slinger. An enjoyable excursion.

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duane767
Jan 13, 2014

Great art, good story. I think the comments that follow mine sum this edition up pretty well.

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Keogh
Jun 08, 2013

Crossover between the mainstream universe Spider-Man and the Ultimate version. The art by Sara Pichelli gives it a higher mark than I'd otherwise give the story. True to form, Bendis just can't write characters with their own voices... everyone sounds like they're parroting him. And he seems to have no idea what Mysterio is capable of, putting the character well above his punching weight in terms of having him be able to cross dimensions. Given that he disregards continuity endlessly, we shouldn't be surprised.

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RagnarH
Apr 02, 2013

While I'm still not sure how Mysterio is alive again (he kind of killed himself...), it's a fun story!

Skamanjoe Nov 25, 2012

This crossover between the regular Marvel Universe's Peter Parker and the Ultimate Universe's Miles Morales isn't exactly what I expected. It was a little more emotional than I thought it was going to be at times. This is book is a must read for any Spider-Man fan. Even if you are still not on board with the course of the Ultimate Spider-Man books, you will still really enjoy Spider-Men.

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