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‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ #1 Brings Back The Quips, But Feels Like A ‘Superior’ Epilogue

The Amazing Spider-Man 1 Review
Marvel Comics

Dan Slott must have been saving up his jokes over the past 16 months or so.

The Amazing Spider-Man #1, the issue that officially reintroduces Peter Parker to the Marvel Universe after a lengthy absence during which his body was under the control of Doctor Octopus, is chock full of laugh lines that really hit. Slott, artist Humberto Ramos, inker Victor Olazaba and colorist Edgar Delgado get the tone just right, but I couldn't help but feel that the story itself was a bit lacking in forward momentum, as the lingering effects of Superior Spider-Man dominated the issue's lead story.

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11 Of The Best Stories From DC Digital’s ‘Adventures of Superman’ Anthology

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With the wrap-up of writer Joe Keatinge's multi-artist "Strange Visitor" epic in Adventures of Superman last week, the series is nearing a full year of weekly, digital Superman stories. It's easily been the best, most daring Superman title DC Comics has been publishing in 2013 and 2014 (and not just because Superman gets to wear his real costume in it). Edited by Alex Antone,  Adventures of Superman invites creators from all strata of comics to put their own stamps on Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's original American superhero, free from the aesthetic constraints of the publisher's main line of New 52 comics and continuity. We like it so much, Adventures of Superman ended up on our list of the best comic books published in 2013.

We thought it would be a good idea to look back at the series so far, so I've compiled the following list of stories that readers unfamiliar with the series should go back and catch up with if they want the high points of the past year. At a dollar a pop, they're all well worth it.

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Superior Spider-Man Panel: Venom, Carnage, and Sister Parker [SDCC 2013]

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The Superior Spider-Man panel at San Diego Comic-Con just wrapped, and Peter Parker is still dead.

Any fan who thought the story of Doc Ock taking over Peter Parker's body and life was going to be wrapped up in a year is in for a surprise. The Superior era is just getting started, and it brings symbiotes galore, a couple of sinister sixes, and a dash of 2099.

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‘Beyond’ DC Digital: New Creators and Titles Including Sean Murphy, Kyle Higgins, Annie Wu and ‘Batgirl Beyond’

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The "Beyond" titles of DC Comics' acclaimed digital-first series are getting something of a software update this summer in the form of new creative teams and titles, some of which are particularly good news for longtime fans of the universe which first debuted with the Batman Beyond animated series all the way back in 1999...

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Neal Adams and Christos Gage to Reveal the ‘First X-Men’ This Summer

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Think that Cyclops, Ice Man, Angel, Beast and Marvel Girl were the original X-Men? A new project from Marvel this August will ensure that everything you knew was wrong as Christos Gage and industry legend Neal Adams unveil the all-new, all-different First X-Men...

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‘Secret Avengers’ By Remender & Hardman and ‘Avengers Academy’ Meet Runaways [NYCC 2011]

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Marvel Comics began its Saturday proceedings at New York Comic Con with a packed panel discussion about its popular Avengers . Panelists included Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso with writers Christos Gage, Kieron Gillen, Matt Fraction, and editors Tom Brevoort...

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Marvel’s Next Big Thing: Murder at ‘Avengers Academy’ [Comic-Con]

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The Avengers Academy is relocating to the former West Coast Avengers compound this fall, just in time for a student to kick the bucket. Every student is a suspect, including the new pupils, and faculty leader Hank Pym has to solve the crime before things get out of control on campus...

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‘Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty’ Game Hits the iPhone and iPad [Video]

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Following in the footsteps of Thor: Son of Asgard, Marvel Entertainment has released a new iOS videogame tie-in for Captain America: The First Avenger. Arriving on the iPhone/iPad in the form of one convenient app this week, Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty puts players in control of Cap in a $4...

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‘Area 10′: You Need This Comic Like a Hole in the Head [Review]

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Detective Adam Kamen has a problem with Henry the Eighth. No, he's not a history geek incensed with Showtime's sexy-fication of history; he's a detective in the Vertigo Crime graphic novel Area 10, and he's hunting a killer (named after the oft-married monarch) whose victims have been turning up decapitated, and their heads taken away...

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Marvel Avengers: ‘Iron Man’ Turns 500 and War Machine Is ‘Iron Man 2.0′ [NYCC]

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Marvel Comics editor Tom Brevoort teased it last night, and now the Avengers Assemble panel at New York Comic Con has made it official: Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca's "Invincible Iron Man" is officially going back to the original numbering of the classic "Iron Man" series with January 2011's "Invincible Iron Man" #500...

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