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What in the world is the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN doing in Scotland? Would you believe he’s there on a second honeymoon with his beautiful wife, May Jane, when he discovers the castle she inherited is haunted? Upon investigating the local night life, New York’s neurotic super hero nearly loses his life to a ghostly knight hell-bent on evicting the castle’s new owners permanently. What in the world is the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN doing in Scotland? Would you believe he’s there on a second honeymoon with his beautiful wife, May Jane, when he discovers the castle she inherited is haunted? Upon investigating the local night life, New York’s neurotic super hero nearly loses his life to a ghostly knight hell-bent on evicting the castle’s new owners permanently. Things don’t get any better when murderous members of Scotland’s bizarre branch of the Hellfire Club turn up to greet the web-slinger. This wild wondrous adventure is brilliantly brought to life by one of today’s foremost fantasy illustrators, Charles Vess. Painstakingly painted over the course of two years, Charles has created a comic art masterpiece, sure to take your breath away.


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What in the world is the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN doing in Scotland? Would you believe he’s there on a second honeymoon with his beautiful wife, May Jane, when he discovers the castle she inherited is haunted? Upon investigating the local night life, New York’s neurotic super hero nearly loses his life to a ghostly knight hell-bent on evicting the castle’s new owners permanently. What in the world is the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN doing in Scotland? Would you believe he’s there on a second honeymoon with his beautiful wife, May Jane, when he discovers the castle she inherited is haunted? Upon investigating the local night life, New York’s neurotic super hero nearly loses his life to a ghostly knight hell-bent on evicting the castle’s new owners permanently. Things don’t get any better when murderous members of Scotland’s bizarre branch of the Hellfire Club turn up to greet the web-slinger. This wild wondrous adventure is brilliantly brought to life by one of today’s foremost fantasy illustrators, Charles Vess. Painstakingly painted over the course of two years, Charles has created a comic art masterpiece, sure to take your breath away.

56 review for Spider-Man: Spirits of the Earth

  1. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This was a nice Halloween read. I had read it years ago, but I'm glad I re-read it because I didn't remember it very well. This one is set is Scotland, and Charles Vess painted it after (during?) spending a month there. He really seems to have a done a good job at capturing the flavor of the old country. Very gorgeous painted art. The story isn't bad either as we have tales of goblins and ghosts on the moors. For some reason the appearance of the Hellfire Club just didn't seem to fit for me, so t This was a nice Halloween read. I had read it years ago, but I'm glad I re-read it because I didn't remember it very well. This one is set is Scotland, and Charles Vess painted it after (during?) spending a month there. He really seems to have a done a good job at capturing the flavor of the old country. Very gorgeous painted art. The story isn't bad either as we have tales of goblins and ghosts on the moors. For some reason the appearance of the Hellfire Club just didn't seem to fit for me, so that brought the book down just a tad. In defense of the story, however, he at least did have a logical reason for the Hellfire Club to show up, I just didn't think they fit into the story that well. Overall, a very good Spider-Man graphic novel.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Baal Of

    Seems I am in agreement with a lot of the reviews here. The writing is weak, the story muddled with an attempt to mix ancient legends of faeries and ghosts, with a modern magic of a giant crystal in an unbelievably massive underground cavern system, and then let's bring in the Hell Fire club for good measure. The result is incoherent and messy, and the mostly pretty artwork is not enough to rescue it. Vess's backgrounds are beautiful, but like with many comic book artists, his people are occasio Seems I am in agreement with a lot of the reviews here. The writing is weak, the story muddled with an attempt to mix ancient legends of faeries and ghosts, with a modern magic of a giant crystal in an unbelievably massive underground cavern system, and then let's bring in the Hell Fire club for good measure. The result is incoherent and messy, and the mostly pretty artwork is not enough to rescue it. Vess's backgrounds are beautiful, but like with many comic book artists, his people are occasionally grotesque, especially the kid who is quite ugly (3rd page from the end for example). Spiderman on the first page is hilariously dainty looking with his ballet position pointed toes, and also a bit weird with a jutting butt. In fact anyone who talks about the sexualized poses of female characters should have a browse through this book to see the same kind of thing done with Spiderman, not that I think it's intentional, but it is rather amusing. I think I can go ahead and clear this one off my shelf.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Spencer Borup

    Absolutely gorgeous illustrations, but very weak writing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Lo primero que me llamó la atención de este libro es lo limpio que es el coloreado. Me recuerda un poco a Longbow Hunters y eso es algo bueno. El escritor maneja bien las personalidades de Mary Jane y Peter Parker y los demás los inventó él. El relato va bastante bien hasta que aparece el villano. El problema no es que es un loco sediento de poder, sino el cómo se conto su origen y motivación. Esa exposición se la dejo a los predecibles villanos de Disney. Pero al final la acción compensa mis pr Lo primero que me llamó la atención de este libro es lo limpio que es el coloreado. Me recuerda un poco a Longbow Hunters y eso es algo bueno. El escritor maneja bien las personalidades de Mary Jane y Peter Parker y los demás los inventó él. El relato va bastante bien hasta que aparece el villano. El problema no es que es un loco sediento de poder, sino el cómo se conto su origen y motivación. Esa exposición se la dejo a los predecibles villanos de Disney. Pero al final la acción compensa mis problemas con el libro, particularmente por cómo el autor, además de manejar las personalidades de los ya mencionados, también domina la agilidad y gracia del Hombre Araña.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Eesh. Did not age well. The first of the four graphic novels has really pretty art, but the story is... It's probably better to just read the newer redone versions of Spider-man. These are just a little weak. Classics in a way, but more like a classic you admire from a distance, respecting the way it paved while appreciated the path that came afterwords. Eesh. Did not age well. The first of the four graphic novels has really pretty art, but the story is... It's probably better to just read the newer redone versions of Spider-man. These are just a little weak. Classics in a way, but more like a classic you admire from a distance, respecting the way it paved while appreciated the path that came afterwords.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Pablo Martinez

    It was fine but this should had been a shorter back issue of Amazing Spider-Man or whatever series he had at the moment because the story is not anything spectacular aside from having Charles Vess, who doesn't really shine much here aside from a couple of stand out sequences. I guess it's fine if you find this cheap or are a hardcore Spidey collector, but there's better stuff out there. It was fine but this should had been a shorter back issue of Amazing Spider-Man or whatever series he had at the moment because the story is not anything spectacular aside from having Charles Vess, who doesn't really shine much here aside from a couple of stand out sequences. I guess it's fine if you find this cheap or are a hardcore Spidey collector, but there's better stuff out there.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jorge Figueroa

    Hay buenas razones para que las cuatro novelas de este compendio no sean mencionadas con frecuencia, en realidad, nunca, se puede vivir muy bien sin este material, es más, es mejor no conocerlas, la primera "hooky" , es, como el resto, muy de su tiempo, junto a Spirits of the earth, en la que se nota algo de afecto, lo único rescatable de este tomo. Fear Itself es lo peor que te puede pasar. Hay buenas razones para que las cuatro novelas de este compendio no sean mencionadas con frecuencia, en realidad, nunca, se puede vivir muy bien sin este material, es más, es mejor no conocerlas, la primera "hooky" , es, como el resto, muy de su tiempo, junto a Spirits of the earth, en la que se nota algo de afecto, lo único rescatable de este tomo. Fear Itself es lo peor que te puede pasar.

  8. 5 out of 5

    MetaComix

    Very boring story, too bad because the art is great and was ahead of it's time. Very boring story, too bad because the art is great and was ahead of it's time.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Martin

    Beautiful artwork, but weak story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Leo Horovitz

    I didn't know who Charles Vess was but after reading this album, both written and illustrated by him, I now know what he should be: an illustrator, and nothing else. Actually, I'll limit that even further, he should illustrate environments, and nothing else. The landscapes are beautiful, he has a real sense for the dramatic and also for small details, but the characters look extremely stiff, the heads are often misshapen and the facial expressions are all but nonexistent. He does manage to do a I didn't know who Charles Vess was but after reading this album, both written and illustrated by him, I now know what he should be: an illustrator, and nothing else. Actually, I'll limit that even further, he should illustrate environments, and nothing else. The landscapes are beautiful, he has a real sense for the dramatic and also for small details, but the characters look extremely stiff, the heads are often misshapen and the facial expressions are all but nonexistent. He does manage to do a great job depicting Spider-Man in costume though, with all that flailing of limbs and weird positions that has become almost mandatory ever since Todd McFarlane, and I must praise him for that. But where at least some aspects of his illustrations have depth and come alive, the story is just as flat and yawn-inspiring as the the faces of Peter, Mary Jane, and all the other seeming puppets. There just is no drama, no build up, no excitement in the story at all. One would think that the dark brooding, inspiring landscapes would help the reader get drawn into the story, but sadly, I felt completely uninterested in how it would all end, I just kept turning page after page and wondering who these people claiming to be Peter and Mary-Jane Parker really were, what they had done to the originals, and why I should care about their fate in this utterly boring story. Sad to say, this one is a Spider-Man story that you should not bother with, as opposed to the vast majority of albums featuring my favorite hero in tights.

  11. 4 out of 5

    D.M.

    This collection of the 'graphic novels' starring Spider-Man perfectly depict why Marvel never really 'got it' in the 90s: they just couldn't grow up. While DC and the indies were willing to do mature, interesting stories with their characters and others, Marvel thought they just needed to do thicker books and hire new artists. There are four books in here ('Hooky,' 'Parallel Lives,' 'Spirits of the Earth' and 'Fear Itself'), and they're all basically longer versions of typical Spidey stories, al This collection of the 'graphic novels' starring Spider-Man perfectly depict why Marvel never really 'got it' in the 90s: they just couldn't grow up. While DC and the indies were willing to do mature, interesting stories with their characters and others, Marvel thought they just needed to do thicker books and hire new artists. There are four books in here ('Hooky,' 'Parallel Lives,' 'Spirits of the Earth' and 'Fear Itself'), and they're all basically longer versions of typical Spidey stories, albeit with better art in a couple cases. And that's fine, since I checked this out of the library for my recently Spidey-addicted 5-year-old daughter. She enjoyed it, and that about fits.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    I wanted to give it 3 1/2 stars. The story was pretty good, the artwork was great in some spots but only okay in others (sometimes the faces look weird). The landscapes are spectacular, and it's wild to see Spidey in such an unusual setting. This is definitely a lost treasure from the days when superhero graphic novels were not as big a deal as they are now. You can still get it cheap on Ebay, too! I got mine for 5 bucks! I wanted to give it 3 1/2 stars. The story was pretty good, the artwork was great in some spots but only okay in others (sometimes the faces look weird). The landscapes are spectacular, and it's wild to see Spidey in such an unusual setting. This is definitely a lost treasure from the days when superhero graphic novels were not as big a deal as they are now. You can still get it cheap on Ebay, too! I got mine for 5 bucks!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Charles Vess is a great artist, Charles Vess can also be a very good writer (see his Balads sagas). In the case of this book, the art is pretty much awesome as awesome can be. Sadly, the story falls short. The story seems to want to pander to the regular Marvel Universe Zombie that requires the division between the really good guy and the really bad ones. Oh well, I've read it once... the following times where I took this book off the shelf, I settled for just looking at the incredible art. Charles Vess is a great artist, Charles Vess can also be a very good writer (see his Balads sagas). In the case of this book, the art is pretty much awesome as awesome can be. Sadly, the story falls short. The story seems to want to pander to the regular Marvel Universe Zombie that requires the division between the really good guy and the really bad ones. Oh well, I've read it once... the following times where I took this book off the shelf, I settled for just looking at the incredible art.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Devero

    La storia non è un granché, in fondo. L'Uomo Ragno in Scozia, non rende. Ma i disegni, signori, che disegnatore che è Vess. Ci sono alcune tavole che da sole valgono l'intero prezzo della Graphic Novel. La storia non è un granché, in fondo. L'Uomo Ragno in Scozia, non rende. Ma i disegni, signori, che disegnatore che è Vess. Ci sono alcune tavole che da sole valgono l'intero prezzo della Graphic Novel.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jdetrick

    The artwork, as one would expect from Charles Vess, is beautiful. Unfortunately the story and characters aren't as enthralling, and the dialogue is a little stilted. It's not bad, and if you like stories that take Spider-Man out of his element, this is likely to appeal to you. The artwork, as one would expect from Charles Vess, is beautiful. Unfortunately the story and characters aren't as enthralling, and the dialogue is a little stilted. It's not bad, and if you like stories that take Spider-Man out of his element, this is likely to appeal to you.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emmanuel Nevers

    It was a fun, beautifully illustrated Spider-man story. Nice story vibe and interesting characterization.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    a case of where overwhelming gorgeous artwork adds an extra star to the review :)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Reyel2107

    one of the best graphic novels !!!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    The pictures are awful pretty. The plot, well, Scooby-Doo comes to mind...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brent

    More fun, and more awesome, than I remembered. I especially liked the afterward of travel memoir by the author. I would read a paper bag if Charles Vess drew on it. Recommended.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  23. 4 out of 5

    David Edmonds

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ondra Král

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dwayne Hicks

  26. 5 out of 5

    Luis Javier Capote Pérez

  27. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

  28. 4 out of 5

    Josh Harris

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Roman

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shane

  31. 5 out of 5

    Rusty

  32. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

  33. 4 out of 5

    Steven

  34. 5 out of 5

    Brett

  35. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

  36. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  37. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  38. 5 out of 5

    James

  39. 5 out of 5

    Ross

  40. 5 out of 5

    Duke Fuller

  41. 4 out of 5

    RL Botelho

  42. 4 out of 5

    Harold Neighbors

  43. 4 out of 5

    Leonard

  44. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Welch

  45. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

  46. 4 out of 5

    John

  47. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Price

  48. 5 out of 5

    Tu

  49. 5 out of 5

    Mark Ray

  50. 4 out of 5

    J.M.

  51. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

  52. 5 out of 5

    Brad Campbell

  53. 4 out of 5

    Morpheus

  54. 4 out of 5

    Version33

  55. 4 out of 5

    Jerantino

  56. 4 out of 5

    Berna Labourdette

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