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‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Review: Not As Amazing As ‘Spider-Man 2′

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review

Director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 will be ten years old in June. It's an important movie for fans of the superhero genre -- the first movie in this present generation to be "good", rather than "good, but..." The commitment, pathos, and unabashed joy in Sam Raimi's sequel made it nearly everyone's favorite superhero movie -- until The Dark Knight, or Avengers, or Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Now there's another Spider-Man 2, an "Amazing" one, the second movie in director Marc Webb's reboot for Sony's Columbia Pictures. It is definitely not more amazing than Spider-Man 2. It is resolutely and in every way a sequel to 2012's Amazing Spider-Man, for better and for worse.

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Andrew Garfield Performs ‘Spider-Man’ Theme With The Roots On ‘The Tonight Show’ [Video]

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If you're like me and the sight of Jimmy Fallon pulling out an acoustic guitar fills you with a vague sense of dread, you may want to look away. Don't worry, though! It turns out okay! See, Andrew Garfield, who stars as the title role of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, has been learning how to play guitar, and in a segment on The Tonight Show, Fallon offers one up so that Garfield can make his public debut as a musician.

His song of choice? The rollicking theme from the classic Spider-Man cartoon. And then he's joined by The Roots. It's pretty awesome.

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Mashable’s Spider-Man Infographic Attempts To List Every Spider-Man Costume Ever, But Um, Actually…

Spider-Man infographic, via Mashable

With Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in theaters now and an X-Men movie just around the corner, we are once again in the midst of the summer superhero movies, and that can mean only one thing: It's Infographic Season! Yes, we are once again at the mercy of those easily digestible fact sheets with slightly dubious information, designed to go viral just like some horrifying apocalyptic disease created in a lab by a mad scientist.

Oh c'mon, I'm kidding. But really, when you put something up and claim that it's "Every Costume Spider-Man Has Ever Worn," like Mashable did this week, you're just asking for some dork to come along and correct you. And today, my friends, I am that dork.

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Ask Chris #194: Building A Better Superhero Costume

Ask Chris art by Erica Henderson

Q: What do you think is the essence of making a great iconic costume? -- @thenoirguy

A: With comics being a visual medium and all, especially one that's dominated by a genre marked by its own goofy language of symbolism and iconography, I think about superhero costumes pretty often. I mean, I cannot count the number of times I have written the words "Batman's Batman-Shaped Kneepads" over the past three years, but that said, I'll admit that I might not be the best person to answer this question. As Erica Henderson (artist of Subatomic Party Girls and the Ask Chris logo above) pointed out, I'm not an artist. Then she went ahead and answered the question, telling me that "It's pretty simple, iconic is something that's quick and easy to recognize. that's why nobody talks about Cable's costume."

Listen, Erica, I don't know what circles you run in, but I talk about Cable's costume a lot.

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Best Art Ever (This Week): The Amazing Spider-Man Edition

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.

As you may have heard, there's a new Spider-Man movie in US cinemas this weekend. As such, it seemed like a good opportunity to go through the Best Art archives and compile all our favorite Spidey pieces.

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Spider-Man Gets Around Without Webs In Awesome Parkour Video

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Spider-Man's had a complicated relationship with parkour the past few years. The first The Amazing Spider-Man movie promo footage had many fans comparing it to the opening sequence from EA's parkour-based Mirror's Edge video game. Later, Stan Lee seemed to steal the Webslinger's spotlight with a parkour video all his own. Leave it to Spider-Man fan Ronnie Shalvis to reclaim some of Spidey's glory with an impressive new video that shows how the friendly neighborhood hero gets around once he runs out of precious web fluid just in time for this weekend's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opening.

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Japanese Spider-Man Returns At Last This November In Marvel’s ‘Spider-Verse’

An emissary from Hell, Spiderman!

Did you need more proof that we were living in the best of all possible worlds? If so, here you go: At long last, editor Nick Lowe has confirmed that Japanese Spider-Man is returning in the pages of November's Spider-Verse event.

The event, which kicks off in Amazing Spider-Man #9, has promised to include "Every Spider-Man Ever," and while we expected this to include standard variants like Spider-Man 2099 and Ultimate Spider-Man, this one comes as a surprise. Marvel has very rarely acknowledged the existence of Peter Parker's Japanese counterpart, which makes sense. I mean, he is the best possible Spider-Man.

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DST Reveals ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Minimates And More At C2E2

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Diamond Select Toys unveiled a surprising amount of new Minimates and other figures this past weekend at C2E2 2014 in Chicago. Filling DST's booth were the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates we saw at Toy Fair 2014 (but couldn't shoot at the time), along with the All New X-Men centric Marvel Minimates Series 59, an upcoming 8" Retro Captain America figure, and an upcoming Spider-Man villains Minimates box set.

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Link Ink: ‘Arrow’ Sees Red, Batman Sees 75 Covers And 2002′s ‘Spider-Man’ Sees Its Faults

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Roll through for a look at Wednesday's links.

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MEGO Spider-Man Is Reborn In Diamond Select Toys’ Limited Edition Collector’s Set

Diamond Select Retro Spider-Man Collectors Set
Marvel/Diamond Select Toys

Whether a person is old enough to be nostalgic for it from the '70s or simply fell in love with it in the pages of Twisted ToyFare Theatre, for a lot of toy fans the 8" tall MEGO Spider-Man is more or less a must-have. Until now obtaining one has meant shelling out for pricey vintage toys of varying states of disrepair (mine, for example, has half its bare foot sticking out of its jumpsuit), but by the end of 2014 collectors will be able to score a versatile reissue as part of a three-in-one Limited Edition Collector's set from Diamond Select Toys and EMCE Toys.

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