The Amazing Spider-Man: Big Time Trade Paperback by Dan Slott

Spider-man has always held a special place in my heart.  When I was a kid, I can remember going to the drug store on Valley Road and picking up the latest issue–whether it was Amazing Spider-man 275 (which I never got to read the 2nd half of) or a Marvel Tales reprint of the Looter issue.

So, when it got closer to my own son being born, I started to read the websites about Spider-man again.  I knew about One More Day and I followed some of the Next Big Thing that followed it, but once the BIG TIME collection came out, I knew I had to have it.

So, how was it?

It reminds me of Spider-man of old.  Peter Parker is having a stroke of good luck: new girlfriend, new job, and some positive press for Spidey.  Of course, J Jonah Jameson still hates him (and JJJ is the mayor now…), but things are good for Spider-man.  But Slott turns that good vibe on it’s side, challenging parts of Spider-man we’ve never seen before.  Spider-man loses a key power, and supervillains use that to their advantage.

Spider-man also decides No One Dies, and overtaxes himself to make sure that happens.

Overall, it’s great fun.  Slott understands that when it’s at it’s best, the comic is a soap opera with some superhero action on the side.  He spends a great deal of time building up Spidey’s support cast, and I expect a bunch of those plot lines to start to pay off in future episodes.

It was a great read.  I hope my son, Ben, enjoys it as well.