Collects Amazing Spider-Man (Vol 2) #37-45, Peter Parker: Spider-Man #44-47, and Spider-Man's Tangled Web #10-11.
*The year's best Spider-Man stories, collected for the first time in one amazing volume.
What makes a great Spider-Man story? Start with a top-flight writer such as J. Michael Straczynski or Paul Jenkins, and then add the superb illustrations of a master artist such as John Romita Jr. or Humberto Ramos. Many Spider-Man comic books offer that much -- but to be the best, the story must possess that undefined "something special" that will beg to be read and re-read for years to come. This is a collection of those very stories, each one hand-selected from an entire year's worth of Spider-Man issues.
From the mind of writer J. Michael Straczynski and the pencil of John Romita Jr. comes an all-new direction for Spider-Man. For years, Peter Parker kept his heroic double identity a guarded secret from his beloved Aunt May. Now that she's finally learned the truth, how will May react to the shocking revelation? Plus: On a trip to California, Spider-Man takes on his classic foe, Doctor Octopus -- the villain slated to star in the big-screen Spider-Man sequel.
Every great hero has an equally evil nemesis. For Spider-Man, that foe is the Green Goblin. In the wake of his seemingly miraculous return from the grave, Norman Osborn is more insane than ever. Since his son's death, Norman sees Peter Parker as Harry's replacement and has launched a twisted scheme to force Spider-Man to his side. The Spider-Man motion picture provided just a glimpse of the ongoing conflict between these two mortal adversaries; "Return of the Goblin," by writer Paul Jenkins and artist Humberto Ramos, features a battle like never before.
Plus, tow selections from Spider-Man's Tangled Web:
Writer/artist Kaare Andrews presents a decidedly unique story seen through the eyes of two young boys who know Spider-Man only as a legend. Abandoned by their father, these two brothers have lost faith in heroes. That is, until a heated battle between Spider-Man and Electro literally comes crashing through their apartment wall. With Spider-Man on the brink of defeat, one brother must learn what it means to really be a hero when it counts the most.
In a delightfully fun tale by writer/artist Darwyn Cooke, Peter Parker's got not just one but two dates lined up for Valentine's Day. Unfortunately for Peter, before he'll have to break someone's heart, the Vulture sets out to break Spider-Man's neck. Hailed by critics as a "deliciously entertaining read," this is one love story perfect for any Spider-Man fan. *Source: Dust Jacket