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At a demonstration on radiation, high school student Peter Parker was bitten by an irradiated spider from which he gained the arachnid's incredible abilities. When a burglar killed his beloved Uncle Ben, a grief-stricken Peter vowed to use his great powers in the service of his fellow man, because he learned an invaluable lesson: with great power must also come great responsibility. Spider-Man possesses superhuman strength enabling him to lift (press) 10 tons. In addition to strength, Spider-Man possesses superhuman reflexes and equilibrium, the ability to stick to most surfaces, and a subconscious danger sense. He also employs twin web-shooters that fire thin strands of web fluid.

Amazing Spider-Man by J. Michael Straczynski and Mike Deodato Jr.

Amazing Spider-Man: Coming Home TPB 1 (ASM Vol.1 #30-35)
"Coming Home" suggests that there is great significance to the fact that Spider-Man has been fighting villains like Doctor Octopus, the Vulture, the Lizard, the Scorpion, the Rhino, ad infinitum, all these years. Peter Parker meets Ezekiel, one of those mysterious stranger types who brings havoc to a superheroes life, who suggest that Spider-Man's powers might not be quite as unique as he thought. In other words, the idea that a bite from a radioactive spider would give someone the powers of a spider is a bit far fetched and there is another explanation. To drive the point home Spider-Man has to tackle Morlun, a being who feeds on the power of humans with totemistic powers and apparently the only way to survive the encounter is to hide his powers from his new opponent.

Amazing Spider-Man: Revelations TPB 2 (ASM Vol.2 #36-39)
"Coming Home" suggests that there is great significance to the fact that Spider-Man has been fighting villains like Doctor Octopus, the Vulture, the Lizard, the Scorpion, the Rhino, ad infinitum, all these years. Peter Parker meets Ezekiel, one of those mysterious stranger types who brings havoc to a superheroes life, who suggest that Spider-Man's powers might not be quite as unique as he thought. In other words, the idea that a bite from a radioactive spider would give someone the powers of a spider is a bit far fetched and there is another explanation. To drive the point home Spider-Man has to tackle Morlun, a being who feeds on the power of humans with totemistic powers and apparently the only way to survive the encounter is to hide his powers from his new opponent.

Amazing Spider-Man: Until the Stars Turn Cold TPB 3 (ASM Vol.2 #40-45)
Spider-Man jets to the West Coast in search of his estranged love, Mary Jane. There, he'll encounter moronic actors, a very angry Aunt May and not one, but two Doctor Octopuses.

Amazing Spider-Man: The Life and Death of Spiders TPB 4 (ASM Vol.2 #46-50)
The relationship of Peter Parker and his estranged wife Mary Jane takes an important turn, and the two decide whether or not they fit into one another’s lives. Plus, an introspective Spider-Man ponders the true nature of his powers and reflects on the moral responsibilities that accompany them…and realizes there are natural enemies his powers bring him as well!

Amazing Spider-Man: Unintended Consequences TPB 5 (ASM Vol.2 #51-56)
The first four issues deal with a new character, called Digger. In 1957 there was a gangland hit in Las Vegas, and now, after a Gamma bomb test near where the bodies were buried, a mutated creature crawls out of its grave and head to New York City to find the mobster to find Forellli, the mobster who ordered the hit. Meanwhile, Peter and Mary Jane are having fun out on the town reconciling, until the creature starts ripping a nightclub apart. The next thing we know our hero is getting weird clues from Lt. Lamont, having chats with mobsters, taking a trip to Las Vegas, and, most surprisingly, being hired by Forelli to protect his daughter.
The rest of this volume consists of a two-part story. "Unintended Consequences," co-plotted and scripted by Fionna Avery, is the best story in the volume. Peter Parker takes an interest in Melissa Coolidge, a student on crutches with a sharp wit, a pretty strong vocabulary, and an attitude problem. Peter gets her into his Honors Biology course and escorts her home. After an encounter with some local thugs working for the building's landlord, he meets Melissa's mom and learns that from Melissa that her older brother Jack in is jail because that vigilante creep Spider-Man nabbed him for stealing a car. After sending the landlord a message, Spider-Man talks to Ezekiel and the doctrine of unintended consequences and the fact that even bad guys have families.

Amazing Spider-Man: Sins Past TPB 8 (ASM #510-514)
Spider-Man's alter ego must confront a former classmate and fellow geek who -like Peter himself- was granmted amazing powers during a science experiment gone awry. But why does he blame Peter for the laboratory mishap, and just how far will he take his quest for vengeance??!!

Spectacular Spider-Man: Sins RememberedTPB 5 (SS #23-26)
Spinning directly out of the events of Amazing Spider-Man: Sins Past, Spider-Man and Sarah, the daughter of Gwen Stacy and the web-slinger's greatest enemy, embark on a journey of discovery - one that will take them halfway around the world to Paris, and into the sights of a mysterious new enemy! Plus: Once, he was the Mindworm, arch-nemesis of Spider-Man! Now, he's a lonely, forlorn beggar, trapped in an infernal triangle of poverty, booze and dementia. How can Peter Parker help his one-time foe - and is Spidey himself responsible for his pitiable condition? And finally, Ben Grimm's all-night poker games have become legendary among the super-hero set, and for the first time Spider-Man has been asked to join the table! But when the Kingpin unexpectedly deals himself in, the stakes are raised! Can the wall-crawler come out on top in this celebrity poker showdown? Guest-starring the Fantastic Four, Dr. Strange, the Black Cat and the Angel!

Amazing Spider-Man: Skin Deep TPB 9 (ASM #515-518; cover by Joe Jusko)
Holy! Looks like-! It can't be...is it? A stunning new evil emerges to stalk Peter Parker as the biggest Spider-Man event in years rocks the wall-crawler's world! The worst defeat that Peter Parker ever endured - a moment frozen in the minds of Spider-Man fans everywhere - was supposed to be far in his past. But now, two villains - ripped, perhaps, directly from that very moment - have emerged and they threaten to destroy everything that he holds dear!

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Marvel Knights Spider-Man "Down Among the Dead Men"TPB 1 (MK Spider-man #1-4)
The pwerhouse creative team of Mark Millar and Terry Dodson bring you a hyper-realistic, action-packed look at Spider-Man - as you've never seen him before! A mysterious villain has discovered Spider-Man's secret identity... and is using the information to slowly destroy everything and everyone that Peter Parker cares about. But how far will Spider-Man go to protect the people he loves? Is he willing to cross a boundary we thought we'd never see him cross? Featuring Spider-Man's most fearsome foes and avenging allies!

Marvel Knights Spider-Man "Venomous"TPB 2 (MK Spider-man #5-8)
As Spider-Man continues to search for Aunt May, things go from bad to worse for the wall-crawler! Everyone's favorite symbiote, Venom, is back - as only Millar and Dodson could envision him. Hold on to your spit, there's a beatdown coming for at least one guy with a spider on his chest! Featuring Black Cat, Venom, Doctor Octopus, and the X-Men.

Spectacular Spider-Man: Disassembled TPB (Amazing 525-528, Marvel Knights 19-22, Friendly Neighborhood 1-4; w Peter David, Reginald Hudlin, J. Michael Straczynski; a Pat Lee, Mike Wieringo, Mike Deodato)
Haunted by unsettling dreams. Disturbed by a growing sense of dread. Convinced that people are out to get him. Spidey faces his biggest threat yet - a foe so insidious that he can't hope to handle it alone. With friends like Reed Richards, Stephen Strange and Hank Pym, he won't have to. But can even the world's greatest minds change the course of fate? And if they could, would they dare? Having finally accepted his fate, Peter Parker decides to put the red and blue tights in the closet and spend some quality time with Aunt May and MJ. But Morlun's got other plans - and this time, there's no Ezekiel to help the web-slinger. Sit down for this one, True Believer - you've never seen a fight quite like this, as Peter faces the one foe he's never defeated! Beaten to the edge of death, hovering in a place short of heaven or hell, Spidey is about to embark on a journey unlike anything he's ever experienced. If he's going to have any hope to thwart Morlun's obscene mission, then he's got two choices: Evolve or die...!

Amazing Spider-Man "New Avengers" (519-524)
Trump Tower has nothing on Spider-Man! Spinning out of the pages of New Avengers. you won't believe what the fickle hand of fate has in store for Peter Parker, Mary Jane and Aunt May.

Spider-Man "The Other: Evolve or Die" (Amazing 525-528, Marvel Knights 19-22, Friendly Neighborhood 1-4)
Haunted by unsettling dreams. Disturbed by a growing sense of dread. Convinced that people are out to get him. Spidey faces his biggest threat yet - a foe so insidious that he can't hope to handle it alone. With friends like Reed Richards, Stephen Strange and Hank Pym, he won't have to. But can even the world's greatest minds change the course of fate? And if they could, would they dare? Having finally accepted his fate, Peter Parker decides to put the red and blue tights in the closet and spend some quality time with Aunt May and MJ. But Morlun's got other plans - and this time, there's no Ezekiel to help the web-slinger. Sit down for this one, True Believer - you've never seen a fight quite like this, as Peter faces the one foe he's never defeated! Beaten to the edge of death, hovering in a place short of heaven or hell, Spidey is about to embark on a journey unlike anything he's ever experienced. If he's going to have any hope to thwart Morlun's obscene mission, then he's got two choices: Evolve or die...!