Spectacular Spider-Man (2nd Series)

    (Marvel, 2003–2005)
™ and © Marvel Entertainment Group

Essentially picking up where the “canceled” Peter Parker series left off, the new Spectacular Spider-Man brings back the familiar (not to mention popular) creative team of Jenkins and Ramos. Fan-favorite Venom is in on hand, terrorizing the populace with a form of vampirism that involves sucking the adrenaline from unwitting innocents.

Venom’s hunger for the substance is unquenchable; his trademark anger has been replaced by frustration, loneliness, and fear; and he seems more savage and more powerful than ever. Curiously, other than some business regarding the symbiotic relationship with Eddie Brock, the issue never really addresses how these changes in the character came to pass. Also puzzling is the random nature in which Spider-Man finds Venom. He apparently stumbles upon the formerly angry alien by swinging around the city, using his spider-sense as a type of radar mechanism. True, the two are psychically linked, but finding Venom seemed all too easy, nevertheless.

Fans of classic super-hero art will be turned off by Ramos’ cartoonish “Amerimanga” (an art form he helped pioneer) stylings, and the panel-to-panel action is hard to follow at times. Also, this doesn’t really feel like a debut issue. It lacks the accessibility, the logic, the background info, and the starting-from-ground-zero vibe of a good, strong first issue.

Marvel’s penchant for rebooting titles gets more and more annoying with every launch, and that’s never been more evident than it is here.

— Brett Weiss

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#1

  9/1/2003
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  Paul JenkinsHumberto Ramos

#1 Variation A

  9/1/2003
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Canadian National Comic Book Expo 2003 Foil cover Paul JenkinsHumberto Ramos

#1 Variation B

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Sketch n’ sign back cover Paul JenkinsHumberto Ramos

#2

  9/1/2003
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  Paul JenkinsHumberto Ramos

#3

  10/1/2003
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  Paul JenkinsHumberto Ramos

#4

  11/1/2003
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  Paul JenkinsHumberto Ramos

#5

  12/1/2003
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  Paul JenkinsHumberto Ramos

#5 Variation A

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#6

  1/1/2004
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  Paul JenkinsHumberto Ramos

#7

  1/1/2004
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  Paul JenkinsHumberto Ramos

#7 Variation A

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#8

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  Paul JenkinsHumberto Ramos

#9

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  Paul JenkinsHumberto Ramos

#9 Variation A

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#10

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  Paul JenkinsHumberto Ramos

#10 Variation A

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#11

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  Paul JenkinsDamion Scott

#11 Variation A

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#12

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  Paul JenkinsDamion Scott

#12 Variation A

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#13

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  Paul JenkinsDamion Scott

#13 Variation A

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$2.99 price variant Paul JenkinsDamion Scott

#14

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 All painted panelsPaul JenkinsPaolo Rivera

#14 Variation A

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$2.99 price variantAll painted panelsPaul JenkinsPaolo Rivera

#15

  8/1/2004
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 Avengers Disassembled ProloguePaul JenkinsMichael Ryan

#15 Variation A

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$2.99 price variantAvengers Disassembled ProloguePaul JenkinsMichael Ryan

#16

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 Avengers Disassembled ProloguePaul JenkinsMichael Ryan

#16 Variation A

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$2.99 price variantAvengers Disassembled ProloguePaul JenkinsMichael Ryan

#17

  9/1/2004
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 Storyline starts as“Under My Skin”but changes to“Changes”with Part 2Paul JenkinsHumberto Ramos

#18

  10/1/2004
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 DisassembledPaul JenkinsHumberto Ramos

#19

  11/1/2004
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  Paul JenkinsPaco Medina

#20

  12/1/2004
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  Paul JenkinsPaco Medina

#21

  1/1/2005
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  Paul JenkinsTalent Caldwell

#21 Variation A

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#22

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#22 Variation A

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#23

  3/1/2005
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  Samm BarnesScot Eaton

#24

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#25

  4/1/2005
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#26

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  Samm BarnesScot Eaton

#27

  6/1/2005
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 Final IssuePaul JenkinsMark Buckingham

Book #1

 
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 Collects #1-5; ca. 2003Paul JenkinsHumberto Ramos

Book #2

 
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 Collects #6-10; ca. 2004Paul JenkinsHumberto Ramos

Book #3

 
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 Collects Spectacular Spider-Man #11–14; ca. 2004Paul JenkinsDamion Scott, Paolo Rivera

Book #4

 
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 Collects #15-20; ca. 2004Paul JenkinsMichael Ryan, Humberto Ramos, Paco Medina

Book #5

 
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 Collects Spectacular Spider-Man (2nd Series) #23–26; ca. 2005Samm BarnesScot Eaton

Book #6

 
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 Collects #21-22, #27 and Peter Parker: Spider-Man #39-41; ca. 2005Paul JenkinsMark Buckingham, Talent Caldwell