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Book review: Spider man: the ultimate guide

July 21, 2012

The friendly neighbourhood Spider Man is back! This time the web-slinger is not alone as he has brought all his foes and villains to his readers and followers.

In Tom DeFalco’s Spider Man: The Ultimate Guide, the writer takes the readers down memory lane to the time when the mild-mannered Peter Parker was bit by a radioactive spider and his life changed for the better and for the worst!

We all know that ever since he was bitten by a radioactive spider, Peter Parker has been ridding the world of the criminals who use their superpowers for evil. What most of us don’t know is what makes Peter Parker a superhero with a difference. In this book, the writer discusses why Spider Man stands out amongst other heroes, who are the super villains he has battled against and what made those villains go against him in the first place.

Some blame him for their lost battles whereas others feel that he stands in the way of their domination of the world. Whatever the reason, the wall-crawler manages to outdo every villain with his breathtaking acrobatics as well as using his superpowers for good!

The Ultimate Guide may look simple from the outside but it covers the career of our friendly neighbourhood Spider Man like never before.

This fully-coloured guide covers the entire career of Spider Man — from his origin in the 1960s to his transference in the 70s, emergence in the 80s, brilliance in the 90s, as well as growth in the new millennium. It also tells us how many times the creators of Spider Man tried to reinvent the character, and how they fared in their endeavours.

The book features in-depth analysis of all the characters in the Spidey Universe, whereas the 600 full-colour images as well as the detailed text make it a must-buy for all those who love Spider Man.

Be it villains like the Green Goblin, the Sandman or The Lizard, or supporting characters like Aunt May, Uncle Ben or his love interest Mary Jane Watson, this book brings you so much details about each and every character with that even you will find it amazing.

Not only does this book chronicle the adventures of the friendly neighbourhood Spider Man, it also tells the readers about quite a few collaborations he has had with other Marvel Superheroes, including the Avengers, Fantastic Four and Daredevil.

So if you didn’t know why Venom hates Spider Man, why the King Pin is a dangerous enemy and why Peter Parker respects Dr Connors who also turns into The Lizard, look no further.

This book provides you many unknown facts about Spider Man which you can share with your friends or quiz fellow Spider Man fans with. — Seema Faruqi