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Why Marvel’s ‘Spider Island’ Shouldn’t Work — And Why It Definitely Does

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"Spider Island" shouldn't be good.

I mean, when you get right down to it, there's nothing about it that seems like it would work: Throwback villains, a big high concept involving three other franchises and a handful of second-stringers that get their own mini-series, tie-ins from characters that are related purely by the narrow geography of the Marvel universe, it all sounds like it should add up to something rough.

But in the pages of Amazing Spid

Digital ComicsAlliance: The Very Best of Amazing Spider-Man

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Welcome to Digital ComicsAlliance, your headquarters for digital comics news and recommendations. We're switching gears a little this week and bringing you three of the very best Spider-Man stories in recent memory, with some of the most touching writing and incredibly appealing art you'll ever see out of a Marvel comic.

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – August 10, 2011: Island Life

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Flashbacks
^ Dissolves
% Fades
¢ Cuts

^ % ¢ AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #667
Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos

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Link Ink: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Sequel Dated for 2014, The Aquabats’ TV Journey and Super Mario Swing Dancing

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Movies: The Amazing Spider-Man's sequel has been dated for May 2, 2014. Sony's got some serious faith in their Webslinger reboot.

Webcomics: Doug TenNapel's Ratfist has wrapped at 150 online pages. The full story will be colle

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Marvel’s ‘Spider-Island’ Epic Begins in ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ #666 [Preview]

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What happens when every man, woman, child, superhero and supervillain in Manhattan suddenly finds themselves in possession of the same incredible superpowers as the amazing Spider-Man? That is the question at the heart of "Spider-Island," a new storyline beginning in Amazing Spider-Man #666. On sale now, the story by Dan Slott and S

Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – July 27, 2011: Post-Comic-Con First-Person-Heavy Edition

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:

* You wait months, and then two show up at once
^ Seas of eyes
% Retrospectacle

* % ALAN MOORE: S

Costumed Spider-Man Fan at Comic-Con Panel Pulls Off Mask to Reveal Andrew Garfield [Video]

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As described in our earlier report, the Spider-Man panel last night began when a fan in a Spider-Man costume grabbed the question and answer microphone... only to take off his mask and reveal the actual Spider-Man actor, Andrew Garfield. It's a m

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Rhys Ifans Appears as The Lizard, Gets Arrested for Misdemeanor Battery After Spider-Man Panel

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The Amazing Spider-Man panel at Comic-Con took an interesting turn yesterday after a 3D screening of the trailer and some raw footage that gave fans a first look at Welsh actor Rhys Ifans as The Lizard, a crocodile-like monster emerging from the sewer through a bathroom stall and frightening several young girls. Ifans also ma

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The ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Teaser Trailer is in Your Face [Video]

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Just in advance of Comic-Con International in San Diego, Columbia Pictures has released the first teaser trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man, the new film based on the classic Marvel Comics superhero. Directed by Marc Webb, t

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New ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Movie Action Figure to Display at Comic-Con

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Fans have seen a number of promotional images (and quite possibly a very leaked trailer) showcasing Andrew Garfield's movie duds from The Amazing Spider-Man, but Hasbro's new action figure images may be the most comprehensive look web-heads have gotten at it yet. USA Today has an early look at Spidey's upcoming figure, which will be on display this week during Comic-Con International. The toy it

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