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The Hobgoblin is back! The high-flying villain is after Norman Osborn's journals - and he's targeted Mary Jane and the pregnant Liz Osborn! Plus, Mary Jane reveals the secrets of her childhood! The Scorpion attacks as J. Jonah Jameson ties the knot! Spidey battles the symbiotic alien costume in a senses-shattering showdown! The Kingpin strikes after the Beyonder turns a sk The Hobgoblin is back! The high-flying villain is after Norman Osborn's journals - and he's targeted Mary Jane and the pregnant Liz Osborn! Plus, Mary Jane reveals the secrets of her childhood! The Scorpion attacks as J. Jonah Jameson ties the knot! Spidey battles the symbiotic alien costume in a senses-shattering showdown! The Kingpin strikes after the Beyonder turns a skyscraper to gold! Spidey faces the cosmic power of Firelord! The all-new Spider-Slayer attacks the person he believes to be Spider-Man: Mary Jane! And things get downright silly when Spidey must deal with Spider-Kid, Frog-Man and the Toad, and track a thief to...the suburbs! COLLECTING: Amazing Spider-Man (1963) 259-272, Annual 18-19; Web of Spider-Man (1985) 1, 6 (Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection Vol . 15)


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The Hobgoblin is back! The high-flying villain is after Norman Osborn's journals - and he's targeted Mary Jane and the pregnant Liz Osborn! Plus, Mary Jane reveals the secrets of her childhood! The Scorpion attacks as J. Jonah Jameson ties the knot! Spidey battles the symbiotic alien costume in a senses-shattering showdown! The Kingpin strikes after the Beyonder turns a sk The Hobgoblin is back! The high-flying villain is after Norman Osborn's journals - and he's targeted Mary Jane and the pregnant Liz Osborn! Plus, Mary Jane reveals the secrets of her childhood! The Scorpion attacks as J. Jonah Jameson ties the knot! Spidey battles the symbiotic alien costume in a senses-shattering showdown! The Kingpin strikes after the Beyonder turns a skyscraper to gold! Spidey faces the cosmic power of Firelord! The all-new Spider-Slayer attacks the person he believes to be Spider-Man: Mary Jane! And things get downright silly when Spidey must deal with Spider-Kid, Frog-Man and the Toad, and track a thief to...the suburbs! COLLECTING: Amazing Spider-Man (1963) 259-272, Annual 18-19; Web of Spider-Man (1985) 1, 6 (Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection Vol . 15)

30 review for Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection Vol. 15: Ghosts of the Past

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sean Gibson

    Look, it ain’t exactly Stan and JR. There are some weird-ass stories here (notably one in which an entire building (and its contents) gets turned into gold, thereby threatening a global economic collapse, but also resulting in Kingpin scoring some golden typewriters—because that’s naturally what an organized crime boss would demand in response for his apparently helping the U.S. government deal with the situation). Spidey beats the ever-loving crap out of Firelord, a galactic-level heavy hitter Look, it ain’t exactly Stan and JR. There are some weird-ass stories here (notably one in which an entire building (and its contents) gets turned into gold, thereby threatening a global economic collapse, but also resulting in Kingpin scoring some golden typewriters—because that’s naturally what an organized crime boss would demand in response for his apparently helping the U.S. government deal with the situation). Spidey beats the ever-loving crap out of Firelord, a galactic-level heavy hitter (maybe Spidey was on steroids?). And, I’m not sure how I feel about MJ knowing Spidey’s identity at this point. Still…it’s Spider-Man. He’s great. These are generally solid, entertaining superhero stories. Worth a read for fellow Spidey obsessives.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Zack! Empire

    I purchased this book online, without ever seeing it in real life. I wanted to get one of the two currently available Spider-man Epic Collections, and this one sounded more interesting than the other. When it arrived in the mail I excitedly looked through it, and I was really...disappointed. It just looked so boring. I won't go so far as to say it's badly drawn. The art is very clear, and the storytelling is great. I would much rather have an artist who draws poorly with great story telling skil I purchased this book online, without ever seeing it in real life. I wanted to get one of the two currently available Spider-man Epic Collections, and this one sounded more interesting than the other. When it arrived in the mail I excitedly looked through it, and I was really...disappointed. It just looked so boring. I won't go so far as to say it's badly drawn. The art is very clear, and the storytelling is great. I would much rather have an artist who draws poorly with great story telling skills, then a guy who draws amazingly well but can't tell a story for shit. The art is this book just looks so uninspired. Where's the action? Where's the drama? It just doesn't seem to be there. While we are on the subject of things the books lacks, where were the villains? Looking through the book the only guy I knew was Hobgoblin. And I've never been a big fan of all the different Goblin's running around in Spider-Man. Now who else seems to show up? The Toad! Yeah, that guy! Needless to say I was regretting my decision to buy this book, sight unseen, right away. But wait a minute, didn't I give this book a four star rating? Yeah, I did. And here's why: this book is actually a great read. It does have the problems I mentioned before, but the stories really make up for it. There's a great issue that's all about the history of Mary Jane, which I knew none of. Did you know MJ has a sister? I sure didn't. The Hobgoblin appears and we see how he is a very different villain than Norman's Green Goblin. Norman was a lunatic, obsessed with killing Spider-Man, while the Hobgoblin couldn't give two fucks about Spider-Man. He just wants to make money. The Toad issue was really great! (A sentence I never thought I'd write). It's all about how the Toad wants to be Spider-Man's partner, but goes about it in a messed up way. Meanwhile, a character called Frog Man is pissed at the Toad for moving in on his turf: being a superhero who leaps around. And just to add more flavors to this already tasty cake, the Spectacular Spider-Kid, basically an over-weight nerd with glasses, in a Spidey suit, and Doc Ock arms, shows up too! It was so funny. This book was definitely a case of being judged based on looks alone. I was only going to read it begrudgingly, since I spent money on it, but I ended up really liking it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam Poole

    Yes. This was outstanding. At LEAST six great stories. "All my pasts remembered", "jump for my love, or spring is in the air", "whatever happened to crusher hogan" are my absolute highlights. Just so...personal. Relatable. Realistic in terms of humanizing basically every character and showing a vast array of emotions. And the combination of pathos and tragedy Peters sense of responsibility bears on him and the delightful one/two off nature of most of the stories while pitted against a larger the Yes. This was outstanding. At LEAST six great stories. "All my pasts remembered", "jump for my love, or spring is in the air", "whatever happened to crusher hogan" are my absolute highlights. Just so...personal. Relatable. Realistic in terms of humanizing basically every character and showing a vast array of emotions. And the combination of pathos and tragedy Peters sense of responsibility bears on him and the delightful one/two off nature of most of the stories while pitted against a larger thematic backdrop is just perfect. Really excellent all around. I laughed out loud multiple times. Even the gold building and Slude were appealing and basically perfectly constructed. I'm hooked hooked hooked. One of the best superhero collections I've read, period.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Malum

    The highlights here are the first arc (Spider-Man vs. Hobgoblin), Web of Spider-Man 1 (with the now famous church bell/symbiote scene), and maybe the two annuals if you are interested in Scorpion, Spider-Slayers, or Jonah Jameson's love life. The rest is pure filler; one-shots with, at best, D-list villains and, at worst, characters that appeared one time and were barely (if ever) heard of again (remember The Mistfits, a group consisting of Toad, Frog-Man, and Spider-Kid? Me neither, because the The highlights here are the first arc (Spider-Man vs. Hobgoblin), Web of Spider-Man 1 (with the now famous church bell/symbiote scene), and maybe the two annuals if you are interested in Scorpion, Spider-Slayers, or Jonah Jameson's love life. The rest is pure filler; one-shots with, at best, D-list villains and, at worst, characters that appeared one time and were barely (if ever) heard of again (remember The Mistfits, a group consisting of Toad, Frog-Man, and Spider-Kid? Me neither, because they existed for about one panel and were never heard from again).

  5. 4 out of 5

    RG

    A few good story arcs but mainly filler

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Some fun, but mostly forgettable stories. This story picks up shortly after Secret Wars and Spider-Man discovered he had brought back a costume that was a living creature, often referred to as the symbiote. Though removed, the symbiote hasn't given up on being bonded with Peter, and they have a showdown that Spider-Man 3 borrowed heavily from. One of the highlights is the Peter David written story where Spider-Man chases a criminal into the suburbs and is a fish out of water because there are no Some fun, but mostly forgettable stories. This story picks up shortly after Secret Wars and Spider-Man discovered he had brought back a costume that was a living creature, often referred to as the symbiote. Though removed, the symbiote hasn't given up on being bonded with Peter, and they have a showdown that Spider-Man 3 borrowed heavily from. One of the highlights is the Peter David written story where Spider-Man chases a criminal into the suburbs and is a fish out of water because there are no buildings to climb or swing from. Spider-Man: Homecoming did a brief homage to this story. The other noteworthy story is the famous (infamous probably better describes it) battle between Spider-Man and Firelord. The battle is fun, and is a classic Marvel trope where a character goes up against a far, far more powerful foe. Unfortunately, this type of battle has already been done better. See, for example, Spider-Man's fight with the Juggernaut by Roger Stern and John Romita, Jr. Several stories are entertaining, but for the most part, this book is for completists only.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Francisco

    A slightly underwhelming volume of the epic collection, being the 15th volume of Spider-Man and collecting Amazing Spider-Man #259-272, Annuals #18-19 and Web of Spider-Man #1 and #6. The problem with these issues isn't that they are ever individually bad, not at all, but the diversity of writers and artists and well as the quick turn-over of stories kind of makes everything a bit disconnected. You do get some interesting stuff here like the stories featuring Hobgoblin or the first stirrings of w A slightly underwhelming volume of the epic collection, being the 15th volume of Spider-Man and collecting Amazing Spider-Man #259-272, Annuals #18-19 and Web of Spider-Man #1 and #6. The problem with these issues isn't that they are ever individually bad, not at all, but the diversity of writers and artists and well as the quick turn-over of stories kind of makes everything a bit disconnected. You do get some interesting stuff here like the stories featuring Hobgoblin or the first stirrings of what would become the Venom symbiote, but it's a bit all over the place. It actually has a very 60s feel for a mid-80s comic, not in terms of originality but in terms of some disjointedness. Unfortunately the volume never really rises above good, on the other hand it never really has low lows. Very much a 3 star book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    David

    An excellent collection of 80's Spider-man. I had no idea that 80's Spider-man could be this good! I loved reading every minute of it. A few highlights of the book were two early Peter David issues, both very humorous and completely comedic. Another highlight features Mary Jane in an Annual written by Louise Simonson. And then there's the cover story where Peter takes on cosmic badass Firelord, an enemy on the scale of the Silver Surfer. I'd always heard that the DeFalco era wasn't so hot. But I An excellent collection of 80's Spider-man. I had no idea that 80's Spider-man could be this good! I loved reading every minute of it. A few highlights of the book were two early Peter David issues, both very humorous and completely comedic. Another highlight features Mary Jane in an Annual written by Louise Simonson. And then there's the cover story where Peter takes on cosmic badass Firelord, an enemy on the scale of the Silver Surfer. I'd always heard that the DeFalco era wasn't so hot. But I really loved this book and wish there were more Epic Collections from this era.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gerky

    A much more enjoyable collection than I was expecting, really. Not as awkwardly matched as the Alien Costume Saga Book 1 (which ends literally the issue before this book starts), and no Acts of Vengeance crossover (or obsession with replicating the silver age feel) to bring things down like the Cosmic Adventures Epic Collection. The characters aren't filled with quite as much repetitive self-pity as usual (Aunt May's judgement is dialed way back, MJ has returned and Black Cat is gone) so it's a A much more enjoyable collection than I was expecting, really. Not as awkwardly matched as the Alien Costume Saga Book 1 (which ends literally the issue before this book starts), and no Acts of Vengeance crossover (or obsession with replicating the silver age feel) to bring things down like the Cosmic Adventures Epic Collection. The characters aren't filled with quite as much repetitive self-pity as usual (Aunt May's judgement is dialed way back, MJ has returned and Black Cat is gone) so it's a much easier read. Not as much Hobgoblin as the cover implies, though.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Terrance

    This book captures the actual issues that started me collecting comic books. I remember distinctly being enthralled by the idea of Spider-Man fighting and defeating a herald of Galactus, even though I didn't quite fully understand the heft of that feat. Reading it again, I still enjoyed those particular issues, but this collection is full of a lot of throwaway issues, throwaway villains, and subpar storylines. This book captures the actual issues that started me collecting comic books. I remember distinctly being enthralled by the idea of Spider-Man fighting and defeating a herald of Galactus, even though I didn't quite fully understand the heft of that feat. Reading it again, I still enjoyed those particular issues, but this collection is full of a lot of throwaway issues, throwaway villains, and subpar storylines.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eldon Farrell

    Nothing spectacular here, and hardly amazing. These Spiderman stories lacked punch.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dan Barker

    Nice tribute This collection contains some milestones, such as J.J.J.'s marriage and Spider whooping on Firelord, a Herald of Galactus! Well worth your money. But my favorite part was Ron Frenz' artwork, which was clearly a tribute to Steve Ditko. It was like having more early issues of the Amazing Spider-Man. And Bob Layton helped, as well as doing some great art himself. Pick it up or download the Kindle version. You won't regret it. Nice tribute This collection contains some milestones, such as J.J.J.'s marriage and Spider whooping on Firelord, a Herald of Galactus! Well worth your money. But my favorite part was Ron Frenz' artwork, which was clearly a tribute to Steve Ditko. It was like having more early issues of the Amazing Spider-Man. And Bob Layton helped, as well as doing some great art himself. Pick it up or download the Kindle version. You won't regret it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

  14. 4 out of 5

    Derrick Ranostaj

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vasilis Fotsinos

  16. 5 out of 5

    Xaanua

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bob

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Williams

  19. 4 out of 5

    ComicNerdSam

  20. 5 out of 5

    Simon

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alex Hern

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Phillips

  23. 4 out of 5

    Eric Butler

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Gallagher

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ulrik

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maurício Dantas

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gutts Warutare

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nikos Daniel

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rhys Lloyd

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dooflow

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