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Learn to Crawl this May in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.1!


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This May, following the debut of the highly anticipated return of Peter Parker in Amazing Spider-Man #1, experience his early days as Spider-Man like you’ve never seen before in Learning to Crawl, a new 5-issue series beginning in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.1! New York Times Bestselling writer Dan Slott (Superior Spider-Man, Silver Surfer) and Eisner Award-Winning Artist Ramón Pérez (Wolverine and the X-Men, Tale of Sand) craft an all-new spin on the earliest days of the webbed wonder that have bitter consequences to this very day!

From that fateful night he lost his Uncle Ben, a new life began. But there is more to the story of how Peter Parker became the Amazing Spider-Man.

“We all love a good ‘Year One’ story,” says Senior Editor Nick Lowe. “But this is so much MORE! Not only does this address Spider-Man’s past, but it sets up a new villain that will be a huge part of Dan Slott’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN plans moving forward.”

We all know how Peter Parker learned responsibility, but this series tells the story of how Spider-Man became the super hero we all know and love!  Set within the first 60 days of his webslinging career, Learning to Crawl is an all-new tale set parallel to the character’s first appearance in 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15 and 1963’s Amazing Spider-Man #1 – #3 that will blaze new trails for upcoming Amazing Spider-Man story arcs in Dan Slott’s new series!

Indy Spotlight – Graveyard of Empires #1

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Afghanistan. Marines face a never-ending onslaught of Taliban. But even hell can get worse. The dead are coming back to life in The Graveyard of Empires, and only together can both sides of the today’s conflict survive tomorrow’s undead assault. Writer MARK SABLE (Unthinkable, Two-Face Year One) reunites with his GROUNDED co-creator, PAUL AZACETA (Amazing Spider-Man) to tell this controversial tale of terror.

Comic Book Review – Irredeemable #1

Context
What happens when the world’s greatest superhero becomes its greatest threat?

Story
The afterward included in this book, written by Grant Morrison, complains that Mark Waid has been pigeonholed as the champion of the Silver Age. I think this says more about the age of comics we are in rather than Waid himself. Secret identities and sidekicks are so last century. Although Waid refuses to abandon these elements (thankfully), the core of Irredeemable is refreshing and original.

An uberpowerful alien has become earth’s greatest defender. Sound familiar? What’s new here is that The Plutonian, like the gods of mythology, has all too human failings. In this case, he allows negativity and betrayal to divert him from his role as the savior of humanity. His first goal is to eliminate his greatest threat, his former partners and fellow superheroes. Waid has visited this vicinity before. In his JLA: Year One we saw the Martian Manhunter create information files on his teammates. Later in the JLA, Waid had Batman take these files a step further when he created contingency plans for each member of the Justice League. With Irredeemable, Waid moves this concept forward at light speed. These aren’t plans, they are actions…and they are carried out with incredible power and brutality.

Art
Peter Krause (Power of Shazam!) provides uneven but enjoyable pencils and inks for this issue. When I page back through the book I can see Krause’s artistic influences. There’s George Perez, John Byrne, Dave Gibbons, Kieron Dwyer, Jerry Ordway, Ron Garney and Dan Jurgens. The great thing about this list is that these are some of the best in the industry and they all reside within a certain style family. The only problem with this list is its length. I would like to see Krause do more to consolidate these styles and create something new.

His layouts are good but some of his figures come off a little stiff. The double splash page reveal of the baseball stadium seemed offbeat at first until I remembered that the fans were the most important player in this flashback. I get the idea but two pages seemed a little like filler. The inks during the battle with the giant robot seemed a little disconnected from panel to panel. When he is working with the darker portions of the story, Krause shines. The darker colors seem to unify any variations between inking styles.

What to look for
Waid places himself firmly on one side of the Superman vs. Batman debate in his opening scene.

What might put you off
At this point, I would have to say the shifting artistic vision but I think given a little time, Krause will pull his look into focus.

Recommendation
You should be reading this for the story alone. Much depends on its execution but this story idea has the potential to put this title up with Waid’s best.

Credits

Title Irredeemable
Issue Number 1
Publisher Boom! Studios
Release Date 4/1/2009
Writer Mark Waid
Artist Peter Krause
Letterer Ed Dukeshire
Editor Matt Gagnon

"Ghostbusters" scares up "Office" writers

Who’s Sony going to call to pen its reboot of "Ghostbusters?"

Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg.

The studio has recruited "The Office" writer-producers to work on a new installment of the 1980s franchise that starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis as bumbling ghost-hunting scientists.

The original filmmakers, including director Ivan Reitman, and cast are aware of the project and involved in its development. Some original cast members might be involved, but not in central roles.

Stupnitsky and Eisenberg, who are nominated for an Emmy for the NBC sitcom "The Office," already have the support of one Ghostbuster in Ramis. The duo penned with Ramis the biblical comedy "Year One," which is produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Ramis, and scheduled for release in 2009 by Sony.

"Ghostbusters" was Sony’s top-grossing film ever until it was surpassed by "Men in Black," which in turn was outdone by all three "Spider-Man" films. The 1984 film grossed $292 million worldwide, and its 1989 sequel brought in another $215 million globally.