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review 2019-07-26 02:10
Review: Avenging Spider-Man: My Friends Can Beat Up Your Friends
Avenging Spider-Man: My Friends Can Beat Up Your Friends - Leinil Francis Yu,Joe Madureira,Zeb Wells,Greg Land

Title: Avenging Spider-Man: My Friends Can Beat Up Your Friends
Author: Zeb Wells
Series: Avenging Spider-Man, 1
Format: ebook
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars


Synopsis: This is what you've been waiting for! The return of legendary artist Joe Madureira (X-MEN, Battle Chasers) and fan-favorite Spidey writer Zeb Wells in a brand new Spider-series that teams the wall-crawler with some of the greatest heroes in the Marvel Universe! Spider-Man and new Avengers teammate Red Hulk kick things off by taking on a Moloid army during the New York Marathon. Spidey and Rulk raise and lead an underground army in this action packed extravaganza - but when Red Hulk falls, only Spider-Man stands in the way of the Subterranean invasion of Manhattan!


Favourite character: Peter
Least favourite character: N/A


Mini-review: Good. Another comic where I have to read extra. I started Daredevil vol 3, but Goodreads so kindly informed me that the bind-up also included Avenging Spider-Man 6 and The Punisher 10. So off I went and here we are.

I liked this . I love Peter's banter while he's fighting. I enjoyed all the team-ups, especially Hawkeye.

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review 2015-07-28 13:30
Fantastic team-ups!
Avenging Spider-Man: My Friends Can Beat Up Your Friends - Leinil Francis Yu,Joe Madureira,Zeb Wells,Greg Land

Avenging Spider-Man is the team-up series: it throws Spider-Man together with another character - so far, all Avengers, and all single characters - and sees what happens.   It's pretty revelatory as far as characters go.  


In the first storyline, it delves into Spider-Man's place on the team, which Red Hulk - or Rulk, as Spider-Man calls him at one point - questions.   Often.   And loudly.   It shows that his band of fighting, and even his sense of humor, do unquestionably do the team a solid service.    This is a three issue arc, too, and the longest story in this collection.  The other two are one-shots, and in my opinion, far stronger stories as the first was excellent, but slightly dragged out. 


I'm going to talk about the last story next, because I have more to say about the one in the middle.   The last is a Captain America story that delves into Steve Rogers, and his history, including what he wanted to do as a child.   He's so antagonistic about it all that it was a bit of a turn off, but it all paid off in the end.   I squeed a little at that last scene. 


But Hawkeye was the real standout in this series.  His story shone some light on why he is the way he is: why he's always training, why he has less of a life than the others.   He's always training because he has to work so hard for what got him, and keeps him, on the team. 



He has to work hard, he has to be at the top of his game - always.   The pressure is enormous.   No wonder he's a snotty little asshole sometimes. 



Just like the Red Hulk story - and even the Cap story - this goes from them having very little common ground, to revelations making one of the characters understand the other.   This could get dull, but the way the revelations peel back and the way the characters come to understand and help each other out are so different, and so touching, that I can't help but want to read more. 


In addition, it's pretty damn funny. 



And I might have teared up a little at the end of the Hawkeye issue.   That one really hit me in all my feels. 



Okay, this one is kinda out of place, but... aren't they all in positions where they might get concussed quite often?   Why don't more superheroes wear helmets?

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