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Take a swing through Spider-Man's past in a novel based on a classic tale - with an all-new story for the present day! Broke - again - and running out of excuses for girlfriend Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker goes looking for trouble, hoping to snag some rent-paying photos of his alter ego in action. But trouble comes to him when the Kingpin and the Maggia converge in a battle fo Take a swing through Spider-Man's past in a novel based on a classic tale - with an all-new story for the present day! Broke - again - and running out of excuses for girlfriend Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker goes looking for trouble, hoping to snag some rent-paying photos of his alter ego in action. But trouble comes to him when the Kingpin and the Maggia converge in a battle for a mysterious tablet! When the fight spills over to Empire State University, Peter finds himself in the crosshairs of not only the city's most nefarious villains, but also his friends - and the police! Stefan Petrucha puts his pen to the classic "Stone Tablet Saga," which ComicsReview.com calls "Stan Lee's Marvel and Spider-Man at their peak." But the story doesn't end there: When the assumed-dead leader of the Maggia resurfaces, it'll take all of Spider-Man's wits to track him down! It doesn't help that Peter's beloved Aunt May may be dying. Can Peter fight off his enemies, save his aunt and graduate from college? Or has the ol' Parker luck disappeared for good?


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Take a swing through Spider-Man's past in a novel based on a classic tale - with an all-new story for the present day! Broke - again - and running out of excuses for girlfriend Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker goes looking for trouble, hoping to snag some rent-paying photos of his alter ego in action. But trouble comes to him when the Kingpin and the Maggia converge in a battle fo Take a swing through Spider-Man's past in a novel based on a classic tale - with an all-new story for the present day! Broke - again - and running out of excuses for girlfriend Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker goes looking for trouble, hoping to snag some rent-paying photos of his alter ego in action. But trouble comes to him when the Kingpin and the Maggia converge in a battle for a mysterious tablet! When the fight spills over to Empire State University, Peter finds himself in the crosshairs of not only the city's most nefarious villains, but also his friends - and the police! Stefan Petrucha puts his pen to the classic "Stone Tablet Saga," which ComicsReview.com calls "Stan Lee's Marvel and Spider-Man at their peak." But the story doesn't end there: When the assumed-dead leader of the Maggia resurfaces, it'll take all of Spider-Man's wits to track him down! It doesn't help that Peter's beloved Aunt May may be dying. Can Peter fight off his enemies, save his aunt and graduate from college? Or has the ol' Parker luck disappeared for good?

30 review for Spider-Man: Forever Young

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jim C

    This is a novelization of a story arc that was first told in the 1960's. In this one, two different crime organizations are attempting to get their hands on a tablet that is reported to hold a secret that is priceless. Everyone's favorite wall crawler soon finds himself in the middle of the action. Even though this story is over fifty years old the author adapts it to modern times. I liked the story but it didn't blow me away. It had the traits of a Spider-man story with Peter having girlfriend a This is a novelization of a story arc that was first told in the 1960's. In this one, two different crime organizations are attempting to get their hands on a tablet that is reported to hold a secret that is priceless. Everyone's favorite wall crawler soon finds himself in the middle of the action. Even though this story is over fifty years old the author adapts it to modern times. I liked the story but it didn't blow me away. It had the traits of a Spider-man story with Peter having girlfriend and monetary problems, villains like Kingpin and the Lizard, and J.Jonah Jameson deriding the superhero whenever he can. With all these aspects I thought I would enjoy it more but it never got too exciting for me. I actually think I gave this book a three star rating in part because I am in the middle of watching season three of Daredevil so it was a nice personal connection with using the Kingpin character. I needed a not so serious book since my last two books were lengthy tomes. This fits that bill but I just wish that it captured me more. It was a decent read and it did make me curious about the original story in the comics and how true this adaptation was. Maybe I will try that story sometime in the future.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    As a re-imagining of the "Table of Time" saga from multiple issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Forever Young is a bit of a disappointment. The strongest parts of the story are borrowed directly from a couple of issues in the Stan Lee/John Romita days of ASM. Filled to the brim with angst for Peter Parker, multiple villains for our favorite web-slinger to contend with and a McGuffin to drive the story (in this case, an ancient tablet that contains the formula for a fountain of youth se As a re-imagining of the "Table of Time" saga from multiple issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Forever Young is a bit of a disappointment. The strongest parts of the story are borrowed directly from a couple of issues in the Stan Lee/John Romita days of ASM. Filled to the brim with angst for Peter Parker, multiple villains for our favorite web-slinger to contend with and a McGuffin to drive the story (in this case, an ancient tablet that contains the formula for a fountain of youth serum), the first half of the story is entertaining, riveting and chock full of classic Spidey goodness. Then we get to the second half of the story, which deviates wildly from Marvel continuity. Featuring a time jump that sums up the "Death of Gwen Stacy" epic in about ten minutes (at least in the Graphic Audio version), the story quickly devolves a bit into over the top Parker angst and a bunch of lackluster threats -- at least in the Graphic Audio version. Maybe it's just me but it's hard to find the Lizard all that compelling in a "movie in your mind" kind of way. The story brings back Silvermane, suffering from a condition in which he rapidly ages and then de-ages again, losing his memories in the process. Meanwhile, Aunt May is in the hospital and that tablet could hold the key to her survival -- but only if Peter is willing to betray everything he stands for to get her the help she needs. At times in the second half of this graphic audio story, I found myself growing restless with the story that was unfolding. Part of this was the few minutes I wondered why Graphic Audio didn't decide to adapt the famous "Death of Gwen Stacy" storyline instead of the less known "Tablet of Time" saga. If you're looking for a full-on, great Spidey story that has the right level of angst and threat, you can't really go wrong with condensing the Green Goblin vs Spider-Man saga. In the end, I got to the final moments and felt more relieved that it was all done rather than feeling satisfied with the story. As an audio production, I can't fault this one, though. The voice-acting works well, the narration is crisp and helps flesh out the various fight scenes. Even the sound effect of Spidey shooting webs and then swinging around New York helps bring things to life. It's just a shame the last half of the story didn't hold my attention.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chitra Ahanthem

    Goodreads doesn't allow a half star: if it did, this would be a 3 and a half stars. I like to take up a light read in between my heavy reads and this one sure gave me a much needed relief. I am a DC fan through and through but do like Spiderman. He broods a little less than another caped crusader from the DC world who is my absolute favourite when it comes to super heroes. This one is where you see Superman as a regular guy struggling with his classes and the thought of losing his scholarship sup Goodreads doesn't allow a half star: if it did, this would be a 3 and a half stars. I like to take up a light read in between my heavy reads and this one sure gave me a much needed relief. I am a DC fan through and through but do like Spiderman. He broods a little less than another caped crusader from the DC world who is my absolute favourite when it comes to super heroes. This one is where you see Superman as a regular guy struggling with his classes and the thought of losing his scholarship support. I liked the way the story is set in contemporary times and tackling issues of doubt, validation and peer support and pressure. Spiderman as a super hero fights the super villains in this one too even as he battles with his personal demons but I loved the way he is like a regular guy full of witty come backs. If you love to read up on superheroes, or need something light, go for this one.

  4. 5 out of 5

    DrunkenCherry

    Ich habe mich so sehr auf diesen Roman gefreut, denn Spider-Man ist mein absoluter Lieblingssuperheld. Aber mit dem Buch konnte ich einfach nichts anfangen. Und das lag hier leider am Schreibstil. Ich weiß nicht, ob es am Übersetzer oder am Autor lag (wahrscheinlich aber ersteres), ich fand den Stil unheimlich altbacken. Nicht einmal in den alten Spider-Man TV-Serien wird so seltsam geredet wie hier. Ist Spider-Man eigentlich ein echt cooler Typ, wirkte er mit den Sprüchen, mit denen er hier um s Ich habe mich so sehr auf diesen Roman gefreut, denn Spider-Man ist mein absoluter Lieblingssuperheld. Aber mit dem Buch konnte ich einfach nichts anfangen. Und das lag hier leider am Schreibstil. Ich weiß nicht, ob es am Übersetzer oder am Autor lag (wahrscheinlich aber ersteres), ich fand den Stil unheimlich altbacken. Nicht einmal in den alten Spider-Man TV-Serien wird so seltsam geredet wie hier. Ist Spider-Man eigentlich ein echt cooler Typ, wirkte er mit den Sprüchen, mit denen er hier um sich wirft, richtig seltsam. Als steckt da kein Collegestudent in dem Kostüm, sondern ein 50 jähriger Mann, der betont versucht hip zu sein – und selbst das Wort hip ist noch moderner als die Sprache, die hier verwendet wird. Auch fand ich es befremdlich, dass erst von Peter gesprochen wird und sobald er das Kostüm anhat, von Spider-Man. Klar, es ergibt Sinn, fühlte sich beim Lesen aber seltsam an. Generell hätte es dem Buch wohl gut getan, wenn aus der Ich-Perspektive erzählt worden wäre. So konnte mich die Geschichte rund um den Kingpin leider nicht einnehmen und ich habe sie nach einem knappen Drittel abgebrochen.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dhwani

    The cover of the book is okay and the title is apt considering the plot. The language of the book is easy to understand and the plot will keep the reader hooked to the book throughout. I finished the book in one sitting. The narration is the book is at a moderte pace but it's gripping. The theme explored is the same as the other superhero novels but it was pretty interesting. The writing style is on point and it's crisp. The humour displayed by Spiderman himself is quite funny and will keep you The cover of the book is okay and the title is apt considering the plot. The language of the book is easy to understand and the plot will keep the reader hooked to the book throughout. I finished the book in one sitting. The narration is the book is at a moderte pace but it's gripping. The theme explored is the same as the other superhero novels but it was pretty interesting. The writing style is on point and it's crisp. The humour displayed by Spiderman himself is quite funny and will keep you entertained. The action scenes have been described so well that you can totally imagine them. Full of action, drama and romance, this was a thoroughly entertaining read. This was my first superhero novel and I'm going to read more and more because Spiderman: Forever Young was addictive.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Phillip

    Damn...that was good!

  7. 5 out of 5

    VL

    I liked this a lot and will look up the others in this series

  8. 5 out of 5

    Neil

    This was an interesting novel. It was based on a storyline from 1969 involving an ancient tablet but "updated" for the modern world by changing various elements in it (such as referencing President Clinton in it as well as "modern-day" protest such as the protests against Wall Street) and having technology being at the current levels as opposed the level(s) of 1969 (such as the Internet, modern computers, cell phones, lasers to disrupt police scanners, specialized medical procedures, etc.). Ther This was an interesting novel. It was based on a storyline from 1969 involving an ancient tablet but "updated" for the modern world by changing various elements in it (such as referencing President Clinton in it as well as "modern-day" protest such as the protests against Wall Street) and having technology being at the current levels as opposed the level(s) of 1969 (such as the Internet, modern computers, cell phones, lasers to disrupt police scanners, specialized medical procedures, etc.). There is a two-year gap in the narrative (view spoiler)[during which Captain Stacy and Gwen Stacy have died (hide spoiler)] . I know I said it was an interesting story, but it is "funny" how Peter Parker never seems to remember the "lessons" he learned at any given point in time. On the bright side, the story was not nearly so negative in terms of Peter's self-loathing and self-hatred; neither did the story focus excessively on how down on himself Peter can be. There were "good" moments and "bad" moments for Peter, but in the end he never gave up or sullied his personal integrity in order for "better things" to happen. I do not know how much personal development or character development Peter underwent over the course of the narrative; he did seem to stand up to Harry a bit, which was "good" and a bit unusual. I would say that Vanessa Fisk actually had the most ("greatest") character development in the story, in my opinion. I thought she grew the most as a character. Peter might have been close second, but Wilson Fisk's wife changed the most, I felt. I thought the "updating" of Peter's friends for modern society was fairly well done. (view spoiler)[I do not remember Gwen Stacy too much from the comics (I dimly remember her from some reprinted stories she was in), but she really seemed to stand out in this story and take on some strong personality characteristics of her own. She was not afraid to stand up for herself, her friends, or something for which she held strong beliefs. I do not remember at what point in time Flash joined the military in the comics, but he was in the military over the course of the novel. Once could see the groundwork being laid for Harry to become the Green Goblin; in some respects, this story reminded me of the Spider-Man trilogy staring Toby Maguire and James Franco. From what I could remember, Mary Jane seemed her "usual" self in this story - not too many changes from her character in the comics. Even J. Jonah Jameson has undergone some "modernizing" in terms of how he supposedly stood for certain values and levels of integrity, and how his values showed in his editorials. He supposedly was not afraid to stand up for the down-trodden or write about "white privilege" on his editorial page. Needless to say, some of the "modernizing" and "updating" seemed a bit much, especially some of the stuff Robbie Robertson has to say about Jonah while defending Jonah. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[I thought it was an interesting premise, that Silvermane would be stuck in a constant cycle of birth, death, and renewal, that instead of dying he would de-age to the point of "disappearing" before his cells started to multiply (again) and he would be reborn. Connors discovers that the inscriptions and the formula on the ancient tablet are based upon ancient Eastern beliefs of reincarnation and having to live one's life over and over and over until all lessons are learned and the person has "evolved" into a higher life form. Clearly, as in the Doctor Strange movie, the warnings were at the end and not the beginning. Silvermane gets more than he bargained for when he first ingested the potion (believing it to be the formula for the fountain of youth and discovering it was not quite what he expected). I also liked how Spider-Man was able to honor his own integrity in terms of getting the ancient tablet to Vanessa Fisk while ensuring she would never use it to try to bring her husband "back" to himself and to her. She was trying to right several wrongs that had been done to her family and she realized that acquiring the "Fountain of Youth" for her husband to try and heal him was not the right at to go. At the same time, she still chose to "honor" her part of the bargain with Peter Parker to ensure that an expensive experimental procedure could be utilized to try to save Aunt May's life. He acquires the tablet for Vanessa Fisk while revealing what has happened to Silvermane because of the tablet and Silvermane ingesting the formula described on the tablet. When she sees what has happened to Silvermane (how he is losing his memory, his identity, his character) each time he regresses, she decides this is not the path she wants to take for the restoration of her husband, and she realizes that she still does, indeed, love her husband dearly. (hide spoiler)] I did like how the author used various phrases as throwbacks and homage to the writing styles of the late 60s and early 70s comics. He would often use two words (an adjective and a noun) starting with the same letter over the course of the novel, which was fun to read. (view spoiler)[I think, at times, people "do not know how to write" Spider-Man, especially as he is not really accurately described in the comics. He is described as having the proportionate strength and speed of a spider, which means he is crazy fast and crazy strong. Yet he is never really portrayed this way in the comics of the books. I know the "explanation" given when Doc Ock took over Parker's body for a time as the "Superior Spider-Man" was that Peter always knew how strong he was and was always holding back; this revelatory discovery for Ock was "earth-shattering" and "paradigm shifting" for Ock, as he had always held Spider-Man in such poor esteem. Yet other than Fisk, Spider-Man's opponents (such as Silvermane and Man Mountain Marko) do not seem to have any kind of trouble fighting Spider-Man to a stand-still, when this clearly should not have been the case. (hide spoiler)] It was kind of funny how there were no other super-heroes in the book. Some agencies and super hero teams are mentioned by name or in passing, but there are not really any other teams (such as the Fantastic Four or X-Men, let alone the Avengers) who are mentioned in the novel. S.H.I.E.L.D. was mentioned, however, so there is that. Overall, I enjoyed the narrative. I thought the author did a good job (re)telling this story to make it "more relevant" for the 2010s (or so). Obviously, he has to "update" some of what he is writing about to make it more current for today's audiences, but I felt he did a good job in doing so. I thought he did a nice job turning a storyline in the comics into a novelized, prose-format. I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would, and I was glad that I read it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Vaughn

    I was honestly bored with this story. I didnt feel like there was enough humor for Spider-man to be honest. I read the other book that was a prequel to the game for the ps4 and he was sarcastic and overall the Spidey I love, but this was just meh.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Saeid

    Great Book. Really explores human nature and the general idea of how too deal with loss. This makes Peter Parker really relatable and yet very heroic as well. Even though spiderman is the relatable type of superhero, this book shows us why, and does a good job of that.

  11. 5 out of 5

    José Capa Salinas

    3.8 de 5 estrellas. Emocionante y entretenido. Sin duda una adaptación del cómic que compensa la ausencia visual con sonidos que brindan una experiencia de 360° de la historia. Elegí a Spider-Man para que sea mi primer Graphic Audio porque es uno de mis superhéroes favoritos de Marvel. Sabía que si no me gustaba el formato, al menos estaría interesado con la historia. Pero no fue así. El formato es una maravilla y combinado con la historia lo vuelven una experiencia diferente a cualquier audiolibr 3.8 de 5 estrellas. Emocionante y entretenido. Sin duda una adaptación del cómic que compensa la ausencia visual con sonidos que brindan una experiencia de 360° de la historia. Elegí a Spider-Man para que sea mi primer Graphic Audio porque es uno de mis superhéroes favoritos de Marvel. Sabía que si no me gustaba el formato, al menos estaría interesado con la historia. Pero no fue así. El formato es una maravilla y combinado con la historia lo vuelven una experiencia diferente a cualquier audiolibro normal. Empecemos entonces por la experiencia de Graphic Audio. Es un formato innovador con todo un reparto de voces y personajes que dan dinamismo a la historia. Recuerda mucho a lo que la gente antes se refería como radionovela. Más allá de escuchar varios actores haciendo un personaje cada uno, los efectos sonoros incluidos brindan a la historia el movimiento y dinamismo que las imágenes en el cómic lo harían. Además, al haber sido traído desde su formato de novela, ya muchas de las descripciones ya están cubiertas y el resto lo hacen los sonidos. Una experiencia que vale la pena intentar y que se amplíe para muchos más cómics y libros. Respecto a la historia. Es una trama que se desarrolla en un presente y dos años después, por lo que deja ese espacio entre ambas narraciones que explica brevemente en determinado punto de la segunda parte. Sin embargo, si me hubiese gustado tener mayor desarrollo de ello o al menos llenar ciertos espacios vacíos. Supongo que otros cómics cubren ello, así que lo investigaré en un futuro para leerlos. A términos generales, presenta un universitario Peter Parker con los problemas de su edad tratando de ser el buen amigo y vecino Spider-Man para su ciudad. Vemos muchos personajes alrededor de su vida y la historia presentada es original y diferente a todo lo que he visto sobre él. Recurre a viejos conocidos (como el Dr. Connor) y nuevos personajes para explicar lo que mueve la trama y su conclusión final. Algo que me agrada de este cómic es la manera en que la interacción de su vida como superhéroe y como estudiante es constante, no se descuida en ningún momento y lo sabe llevar de la mejor manera que puede. También muestra un lado muy humano de Peter al exponerlo a emociones fuertes como la pérdida, el dolor, decisiones moralmente desafiantes y fuertes que debe tomar. Algo importante que indicar: este novelización hecha audiolibro es una adaptación y reinvención de la “Stone Tablet Saga” presentada en cómics anteriores y traída al presente. Los cómics originales son: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #68- 75, SPIDER-MAN: LIFELINE #1-3. Sin duda, repetiría la experiencia de graphic audio y seguiría leyendo sobre el buen superhéroe Spider-Man. Lo recomiendo para viejos y nuevos aficionados del cómic que deseen explorar una nueva aventura de Peter Parker y si intentan con el Graphic Audio, sepan que será una experiencia mejorada de un audiolibro.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    "Spider-Man: Forever Young" by Stefan Petrucha, is actually two books in one volume. It covers the saga of Spider-Man encountering an ancient tablet that contains the recipe for eternal youth...of a sort. But, like all great things, that youth comes at a terrible cost. This story is from comics from so long ago that I actually read some of them (and I quit buying comics in 1990, when I was in high school). In book one, Spider-Man is caught between Kingpin and the Maggia (run by aged crime boss Si "Spider-Man: Forever Young" by Stefan Petrucha, is actually two books in one volume. It covers the saga of Spider-Man encountering an ancient tablet that contains the recipe for eternal youth...of a sort. But, like all great things, that youth comes at a terrible cost. This story is from comics from so long ago that I actually read some of them (and I quit buying comics in 1990, when I was in high school). In book one, Spider-Man is caught between Kingpin and the Maggia (run by aged crime boss Silvermane), who both want the ancient tablet. The author updated the story for the modern era, but the "campus radicals" aspects still bring to mind the 1960s. Some of those somewhat promising campus-related story threads go nowhere, however. A lot of the "classic" Spider-Man supporting characters show up in book one--Aunt May, Gwen Stacy, Flash Thompson, Harry Osborn, Mary Jane Watson, J. Jonah Jameson, and so on. Some, but not all, stick around for book two, which jumps forward two years in time. There is plenty of drama to go around in both books. The Kingpin has family issues distracting him from being a good...Kingpin. His wife, Vanessa, is the light of the Kingpin's life. But the bubble he tries to create around her to shield her from the ugliness of his business is doomed to break. Silvermane is at death's door, after a long life of creating misery and amassing wealth. He is psychotically determined to "start over" and rule New York City for another fifty years. And nothing will stand in his way. Meanwhile, Peter Parker is barely squeaking by in college, due to the pressures of being Spider-Man, being poor, and taking care of his elderly aunt. He has plenty of friends, but none of them know about his secret identity. Therefore, he has no safety valve for the frustrations of being a hero as well as a starving student. The story is mostly compelling, though there is a LOT more existential moping than there is web-slinging action. Spider-Man is always facing some internal dilemma. Does he want to continue being a hero even if he is unappreciated and vilified for it? Does he want to play by all the rules of being a "good guy" even if no one else is doing so? It's a lot for a young guy to handle. But anyone familiar with Spider-Man's long history knows that he goes through these kinds of crisis points over and over and OVER again. If he was just a happy-go-lucky Spider-Dude, there wouldn't be as much drama. But since these stories date back from the late 60s, the internal conflicts aren't as nuanced. Back then, Spider-Man's long history of angst was still relatively fresh and new. Overall, this is a fun--if somewhat dated--read. I think the material will appeal more to older comics fans who remember Spider-Man's classic days than newer comic or comic book movies fans.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Syd✨

    Okay.. Okay... Despite my previous complaints I’m giving this one a full four stars. Anyone who knows me, knows I like Spider-Man. Actually, anyone who knows me knows I’m obsessed with Spider-Man. Most of my Spidey experiences have been from the original/MCU movies, but in the past year or so I’ve been dabbling in the comic world and reading different comics here and there. This book hit the spot. Okay, I’m going to start with my complaints first; those type/grammar errors were a headache. Some Okay.. Okay... Despite my previous complaints I’m giving this one a full four stars. Anyone who knows me, knows I like Spider-Man. Actually, anyone who knows me knows I’m obsessed with Spider-Man. Most of my Spidey experiences have been from the original/MCU movies, but in the past year or so I’ve been dabbling in the comic world and reading different comics here and there. This book hit the spot. Okay, I’m going to start with my complaints first; those type/grammar errors were a headache. Some things I had to read over twice to make sure I wasn’t just dumb. Some basic type errors that really shouldn’t have been published, too. But with that aside... The story was seriously charming. Along with time travel, I love the eternal youth/immortality trope. But the twist with this one was perfection 👌 I was so here for it. And it just keeps getting better! I absolutely want to read the graphic novel version of this to really experience the imagery described in this book. Anyways.. Great read. I’m seriously loving these Marvel Prose novels so far!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    "Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Does whatever a spider can Spins a web, any size, Catches thieves just like flies Look Out! Here comes the Spider-Man." I'm a HUGE HUGE Marvel girl (I also love my DC heroes too) and with all the Marvel movies coming out I just need to get my hands on every Marvel character related book. Even for characters I'm not a huge fan of. Spider-Man - the high school nerd turned superhero because of a spider bite. Stefan Petrucha has done an amazing job taking Spider-Man's story and "Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Does whatever a spider can Spins a web, any size, Catches thieves just like flies Look Out! Here comes the Spider-Man." I'm a HUGE HUGE Marvel girl (I also love my DC heroes too) and with all the Marvel movies coming out I just need to get my hands on every Marvel character related book. Even for characters I'm not a huge fan of. Spider-Man - the high school nerd turned superhero because of a spider bite. Stefan Petrucha has done an amazing job taking Spider-Man's story and creating a great book for any and all Marvel fans. Even for those fans who haven't read every single comic book like myself. This was my first time reading anything Spider-Man related and I loved it from start to finish. Looking forward to other books about the local swinging Spider-Man.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hayden

    Meh. This book was alright, nothing super special about it! I liked it, for the most part! I think this would be a good book for people who enjoy reading the comics and want to read books relating to their comic book heroes. I know I did. For that reason, I'll probably keep this book around to feature in a future potential classroom library. 6/10. Meh. This book was alright, nothing super special about it! I liked it, for the most part! I think this would be a good book for people who enjoy reading the comics and want to read books relating to their comic book heroes. I know I did. For that reason, I'll probably keep this book around to feature in a future potential classroom library. 6/10.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    I was very disappointed. I picked this up expecting to read a great Spider-Man novel, and it really doesn't do Spider-Man any justice. He doesn't act like he should, not to mention that there was a slight agenda being pushed, and a lot of cursing. This was labeled a kids' book, and it really shouldn't have been. I was very disappointed. I picked this up expecting to read a great Spider-Man novel, and it really doesn't do Spider-Man any justice. He doesn't act like he should, not to mention that there was a slight agenda being pushed, and a lot of cursing. This was labeled a kids' book, and it really shouldn't have been.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Caprice Hokstad

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Uses newer canon with Gwen. Kingpin is mentioned, but not much of a villain. Biggest antag is Silvermane. Interesting fountain of youth concept which doesn't go anywhere. Okay story , but not good enough to re-read. Uses newer canon with Gwen. Kingpin is mentioned, but not much of a villain. Biggest antag is Silvermane. Interesting fountain of youth concept which doesn't go anywhere. Okay story , but not good enough to re-read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Edward Davies

    Not bad, but it could have been better. Novelizations of comic books are never easy, and this one did feel like it was missing something...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Peter James Iengo

    Excellent Spiderman story well written

  20. 4 out of 5

    C.T. Phipps

    3/5 SPIDERMAN: FOREVER YOUNG is a loose adaptation of the classic "The Lifeline Tablet Saga" that deals with the Kingpin trying to steal a stone tablet from the university, the mob boss Silvermane discovering it contains the secret of eternal youth (which he desperately needs), and Peter Parker trying to deal with his various responsibilities to the people in his life. This isn't really the greatest of Spider-Man stories to adapt to either book format or graphic audio. I actually listened to the l 3/5 SPIDERMAN: FOREVER YOUNG is a loose adaptation of the classic "The Lifeline Tablet Saga" that deals with the Kingpin trying to steal a stone tablet from the university, the mob boss Silvermane discovering it contains the secret of eternal youth (which he desperately needs), and Peter Parker trying to deal with his various responsibilities to the people in his life. This isn't really the greatest of Spider-Man stories to adapt to either book format or graphic audio. I actually listened to the latter before switching to the former. The characterization is fine but it's a bit on the shallow side with the Kingpin being pre-Daredevil and thus not nearly as menacing or personal in his fight against Spider-Man as he would be against Matt Murdock. Silvermane is actually the most interesting villain in this story as the 80+ year old man is on the last years of his life in a society that only respects strength. The tablet represents a chance at a new life that he won't be able to enjoy otherwise. He's also a vicious, murderous old creep that is no less dangerous for the fact he only has weeks to live. One frustrating element of the story is that Lee and company lean heavily into the fact Peter Parker is viewed as a coward by his friends because he's always running away from danger due to being Spider-Man (and needing to change). This is a ridiculous thing to worry about as anyone not running away from gunfire is an idiot and it's not like any of them were doing anything. It really only works as a dramatic irony from our protagonist. Given Peter is also running into danger, as far as they know, to take photos then this is doubly ridiculous. The character of Gwen Stacy shows up for a decent chunk of change as we see her as an activist, science student, and beloved daughter of Captain George Stacy. She is saddled with worrying over whether she's in love with a "coward", though, and everytime that shows up--the storyline becomes less enjoyable. Still, it's awesome to see her in her prime and I regret that she didn't show up in the latter half of the book (set after her death). Vanessa Fisk is also a character that changes a great deal from the way she was initially presented to the woman we know from things like the Daredevil TV show. Here, she's an ethereal depressed woman who is the Kingpin's one anchor to sanity. There's none of the darker side to the character we later encounter. In conclusion, I enjoyed this book but it is very flawed with a few serious missteps in their desire to make us feel for Peter Parker's inability to manage his secret identity. It was a thing they relied on heavily during this time period but it just didn't work as well for me as it could have.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sulagna Mondal

    Full review on https://www.diaryofabookgirl.in/2019/... One specific word that I want to use about this book is - 'cool'. It was really 'cool' reading this book. Spider-Man's witty comebacks and his no-care-in-the-the-world attitude a few of the times when he staged surprise attacks on his opponents, adds spice to the story. Spider-Man is known to be crazy and the hyper college kid who's always on the run to save the city; and this novelization accurately shows us this side. The book is divided i Full review on https://www.diaryofabookgirl.in/2019/... One specific word that I want to use about this book is - 'cool'. It was really 'cool' reading this book. Spider-Man's witty comebacks and his no-care-in-the-the-world attitude a few of the times when he staged surprise attacks on his opponents, adds spice to the story. Spider-Man is known to be crazy and the hyper college kid who's always on the run to save the city; and this novelization accurately shows us this side. The book is divided into two parts: Youth and Adulthood. The first part is where the fight over the stone tablet starts. While the first part acknowledges 'youth' and Peter Parker's life as a carefree college kid and his relationship with his friends Harry Orbourne, Mary Jane and his first girlfriend, Gwen Stacy; the second part delves with the darker period in Peter Parker's life - after the death of Gwen and his dwindling relationships with his friends and Aunt May. The only drawback for me were the unnecessarily multiple action scenes. I would like the book better if the action scenes were not dragged. I don't know whether the comic had such long action scenes and Stefan Petrucha was just doing his job, but the action scenes became a bit too much for me.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Agung

    Novel pertama tentang Spider-Man yang saya baca. Di novel ini, Peter Parker harus menjaga batu keramat agar tak jatuh ke tangan Kingpin atau Silvermane. Selain itu, ia juga harus selalu menjaga identitasnya sebagai Spider-Man agar orang-orang terdekatnya tidak berada dalam bahaya. Cukup berat tugas yang diembannya, di samping menjadi mahasiswa, ia juga harus menjaga keadaan kota New York. Cerita ini dibagi ke dalam dua bagian, yaitu 'Youth' dan 'Adulthood'. Di bagian pertama, kisah masih seputar p Novel pertama tentang Spider-Man yang saya baca. Di novel ini, Peter Parker harus menjaga batu keramat agar tak jatuh ke tangan Kingpin atau Silvermane. Selain itu, ia juga harus selalu menjaga identitasnya sebagai Spider-Man agar orang-orang terdekatnya tidak berada dalam bahaya. Cukup berat tugas yang diembannya, di samping menjadi mahasiswa, ia juga harus menjaga keadaan kota New York. Cerita ini dibagi ke dalam dua bagian, yaitu 'Youth' dan 'Adulthood'. Di bagian pertama, kisah masih seputar perebutan batu keramat dan ternyata Silvermane berhasil menggunakan batu tersebut; sedangkan di bagian kedua, jalan ceritanya lumayan bikin sedih, yaitu tentang nasib Gwen Stacey di tangan Green Goblin, Peter Parker yang hampir dicabut beasiswanya karena sering tidak masuk kelas, dan perjuangan Bibi May dalam melawan penyakitnya. Membaca kisah Spider-Man di novel ini adalah membaca tentang pergulatan dan kegalauan Peter Parker di dalam kehidupannya sebagai mahasiswa yang pas-pasan dalam kondisi finansial, tapi ia juga punya "kewajiban" untuk menyelamatkan kota tanpa berpikir bahwa orang-orang yang ia selamatkan akan memberinya keuntungan secara materi.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ross Vincent

    A novelization of a series of comics from back in the day- first part has Gwen Stacey and her father, while the 2nd half deals with how Peter continues dealing with the loss of both these pivotal people in his life. (As a former boss once asked me - "Gwen Stacey or Mary Jane Parker - who is Peter's true love?" Boy, she had NOT idea what can of worms she opened - and what a discussion we had about that). A novelization of a series of comics from back in the day- first part has Gwen Stacey and her father, while the 2nd half deals with how Peter continues dealing with the loss of both these pivotal people in his life. (As a former boss once asked me - "Gwen Stacey or Mary Jane Parker - who is Peter's true love?" Boy, she had NOT idea what can of worms she opened - and what a discussion we had about that).

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jay Alexander Bostwick

    A bit of a strange adaptation of a comic book story from the 1960s. While the setting has been adapted to the modern day (cell phones, wi-fi, a passing mention of AIDS as a medical consideration, etc.) the dialogue and character development seems like it was taken straight from the pages of a Silver Age comic book. In a 2018 novel it really doesn't seem unreasonable to expect a little more depth, a little more meaningful an arc for some of our key characters. A bit of a strange adaptation of a comic book story from the 1960s. While the setting has been adapted to the modern day (cell phones, wi-fi, a passing mention of AIDS as a medical consideration, etc.) the dialogue and character development seems like it was taken straight from the pages of a Silver Age comic book. In a 2018 novel it really doesn't seem unreasonable to expect a little more depth, a little more meaningful an arc for some of our key characters.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dude37

    This Book Is Definitely Recommended! I started reading it, since it had Spiderman but read more than I expected. If you read this, you'll keep wanting to read on! This book keeps pulling you in with the intensity of his very important decisions, and the multiple enemies all after one thing! Very good plot, one of my favourite books! This Book Is Definitely Recommended! I started reading it, since it had Spiderman but read more than I expected. If you read this, you'll keep wanting to read on! This book keeps pulling you in with the intensity of his very important decisions, and the multiple enemies all after one thing! Very good plot, one of my favourite books!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paul Veldhouse

    Gotta give it 3 stars because, well, spider-man. However the writing is reminiscent of someone just describing what is happening in a bunch of comic book panels without really fleshing it out or even making the transitions in the story flow. The story is good. The prose, not so much.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jared E.

    It was fine. I guess they do such great Marvel movies, this just wasn't for me. It was fine. I guess they do such great Marvel movies, this just wasn't for me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bruce

    The audiobook is just plain awesome.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jayasoorya K E

    3.5

  30. 5 out of 5

    Indah Threez Lestari

    332 - 2020

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