Ken Tucker
April 20, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Amazing Spider-Man

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
Wide Release Date
07/03/12
performer
Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, Emma Stone
director
Marc Webb
distributor
Columbia Pictures
genre
ActionAdventure

We gave it a B+

(Marvel Comics, $1.99) Declining sales for the tales of arachno-hero Peter Parker have prompted Marvel to hire writer J. Michael Straczynski, creator of TV’s sci-fi cult fave Babylon 5, to come in and reboot the comic book by installing some fresh memory. With this issue, Straczynski positions Spider-Man as a lonely, melancholy fellow, who, in coming months, will take a job as a high school teacher while fighting crime. The art by John Romita Jr. copies the style of the great original Spider-penciler, Steve Ditko, but here, imitation is good enough; Straczynski’s storytelling (which notably tweaks Spider-Man’s origin) adds flourishes of despair and menace more subtle than most comics attempt.

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