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Spider-Man: The Other by Peter David

Spider-Man: The Other

by Peter David, Mike Deodato (Illustrator), Reginald Hudlin, Pat Lee (Illustrator), J. Michael Straczynski1 more, Michael Weiringo (Illustrator)

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Excellent story that really digs into the guts of the Spider-Man mythos. Like "Kraven's Last Hunt" in that respect, and both stories really give the loyal fan a lot to think about. ( )
  RevBobMIB | Oct 21, 2015 |
Spider-Man: The Other is a compiled graphic novel of various Spider-Man titles (Amazing Spider-Man #525-528, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1-4, and Marvel Knights Spider-Man #19-22) and written by Peter David, Reginald Hudlin, J. Michael Straczynski, Pat Lee, Mike Wieringo, and Mike Deodato.

After a battle with the new villain Tracer, Peter Parker receives some shocking news from his doctor. He is dying! Of course, all the best Marvel superhero doctors team up to try to help him. But Morlun is back too. And he’s just biding his time to feed off Spidey.

The story is suspenseful and exciting, but a bit choppy and incongruent over the span of the Spider-Man titles. In one scene, Mary Jane has a broken arm. In the next, she’s absolutely fine. But when you’re dealing with a span of multiple titles, it comes with the territory.

Some of the artwork was only mediocre at best. But thankfully, since there were multiple titles, we get to see more than one artist at work. And the story more than made up for it. ( )
  scifichick | Apr 3, 2007 |
The conclusion of the storyline begun in the "Amazing Spider-Man" compilation, "New Avengers", in which Spider-Man and his family have been welcomed into Avengers Tower after their homes have been burnt down. Here, Spider-Man learns that the radioactive spider bite that gave him his powers is finally killing him, and he enlists the aid of the scientifically gifted among his compadres for a cure, and failing that, a way to leave this life in a satisfying way. Complicating the picture, however, is the unexplained return of Morlin, who was killed in his earlier battle to consume Spider-Man's essence. This time their battle is fatal to Spider-Man, and Mary Jane and Aunt May must deal with his death. Yet his spider-powers have one last ace to play, as he sheds his skin and regenerates his body in a cocoon-like state, becoming re-born in the process (unlike what Tony Stark explains, I don't think spiders can really do this. At least it's explained as a once-in-a-lifetime process). All should be joy and celebration upon Peter's return, and it mostly is, but there are some developments that make it apparent that these near-mystical spider-essence shades of the mythos aren't over, and I wish it was. The "other" is so-far confusing and not well-explained, as is Morlin's own rebirth. On the other hand, the character development and writing are just fine and emotionally satisfying. The artwork, though, swings between an artist I like very much and another I don't care for much, and it's not clear from the credits who did what. ( )
  burnit99 | Feb 12, 2007 |
Extremely poor, buy another graphic novel, there are millions out there that will give you more enjoyment than this one. Not much action, lacks the usual levity of spider-man, and some issues in this collection are very poorly drawn, or at the very least skillfully stylized in a crappy way. ( )
  just_that_fast | Nov 16, 2006 |
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Peter Davidprimary authorall editionscalculated
Deodato, MikeIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Hudlin, Reginaldmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, PatIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Straczynski, J. Michaelmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Weiringo, MichaelIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Pimentel, JoeInkersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harza, TamásTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0785121889, Hardcover)

The lives of Peter Parker and everyone close to him change forever! Haunted by unsettling dreams. Disturbed by a growing sense of dread. Convinced that people are out to get him. A portrait of someone on the edge of a nervous breakdown? Nah. Simply a typical day for Peter Parker, as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man must contend with a new and deadly opponent named Tracer, self-defense lessons with Captain America and some disturbing news that will change his life in a distinctly negative manner. This is the startling super-story that turns the wall-crawler's world upside down and setting the stage for the year to come! Collects Amazing Spider-Man #525-528, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1-4 & Marvel Knights Spider-Man #19-22.

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