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    Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels
    by Scott Mccloud

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Thursday
Nov102011

AVENGING SPIDERMAN #1 REVIEW

I have been looking forward to this book since it was announced a few months ago. In fact, I have told a few of my friends, who are hard
Core Joe Mad fans. The reason I have been looking forward to this book is for Joe Mad's art. I love his style and storytelling.

I was so eager for this book that I texted my friend who works Ina comic shop asking him how many copies of the book, the store had in stock. He eventually answered "a ton.". So I picked up the book last night. I was surprised to see a sketch cover variant and I picked that up too. I had a coupon for the shop that I received from a recent Dr. Sketchy's event, that invited me to pick up a few more books. But, in this review, I am only going to talk a out Avenging Spiderman.

So the comic is poly bagged in plastic, since there is a download code included for this issue. So even though I wanted to just buy this comic in the Marvel App store, I could not. It was not available and Marvel announced that the download code would only be available in the comic. So one has to buy the comic at the retailers. I am okay with this. There has been talk about how to include digital downloads in the comic industry without screwing over the retailers that have propped up the industry for so long. DC has same day digital downloads, Marvel has a subscription service,... I could go on and on about that but I digress.

So anyway, I bought the comics. I really wanted to read the comic on my iPad. I looked for the code on the back of the book (back inside cover). I already had the Marvel App downloaded and signed in, but I could not download the comic from the app. I had to visit the Mar el website and enter the code there. I also had to specify where I purchased the physical comic. (This information is probably gathered for marketing and research.) I signed into my Marvel account and downloaded the comic. I went back to the Marvel App, but I could not find it. Mind you, this is the first time that I have done this and am a pretty tech savvy person. I learned that I had to sign out of the Marvel App and Restore Purchases, and sign back in before the comic appeared. Then I had to download it. It downloaded quickly and I was ready to read the book! (Yes, I know that I could have read the book by the time it took for me to download it. But I REALLY wanted to read it on the iPad.)

So I opened the comic. A double tap lead me right into the apps intuitive reading format. There were two splash pages and they opened up in the App with the impact that they intended! The story flowed and I got really into the art. I usually pause on the panels, to note how great the art is or how the artist composed the panel. The art was not inked, so one could see the slight variations in tone and the quality of the mark making. Don't get me wrong, this does not detract from the storytelling at all.

The story starts with Spider-man talking directly to us about his hectic life as a superhero. He is with the Avengers and needs to get back to New York so he can get to his job. Red Hulk is tasked with bringing Spidey back to New York. Back in New York, J. Jonah Jameson signals the start of a marathon. As soon as it starts the crowd of joggers are confronted with a hoard of yellow skinned creatures. They make there way to Jameson and drag him underground. Spicy and Red Hulk try to save Jameson, but are swallowed up by a huge creature. Jameson is taken underground to discover that Mole Man is not longer the king is Subterraena. Someone else has taken over. This is where the book ended.

I enjoyed to book. I think my experienced was enhanced, reading it on the iPad. I am excited about the story and seeing Joe Mad's art again! Honestly, I hope there are no delays, and the book is not late. Anyone who is a Joe Mad fan knows that this is a true concern. I