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Someone has Spider-Man in their crosshairs and the only person in the Marvel Universe who can save him is...Peter Parker's sister?! As the web-slinger meets family he never knew, will she end up becoming his greatest ally...or the one who damns him? And what does the KINGPIN have to do with it? This all-new, original graphic novel, written by Eisner Award Winning writer Ma Someone has Spider-Man in their crosshairs and the only person in the Marvel Universe who can save him is...Peter Parker's sister?! As the web-slinger meets family he never knew, will she end up becoming his greatest ally...or the one who damns him? And what does the KINGPIN have to do with it? This all-new, original graphic novel, written by Eisner Award Winning writer Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL) and acclaimed author James Robinson (Superman), and fully painted by the legendary Gabriele Dell'Otto (SECRET WAR) comes to you in a high-end, oversized format to give you the web-slinger's darkest hour - and greatest triumph!


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Someone has Spider-Man in their crosshairs and the only person in the Marvel Universe who can save him is...Peter Parker's sister?! As the web-slinger meets family he never knew, will she end up becoming his greatest ally...or the one who damns him? And what does the KINGPIN have to do with it? This all-new, original graphic novel, written by Eisner Award Winning writer Ma Someone has Spider-Man in their crosshairs and the only person in the Marvel Universe who can save him is...Peter Parker's sister?! As the web-slinger meets family he never knew, will she end up becoming his greatest ally...or the one who damns him? And what does the KINGPIN have to do with it? This all-new, original graphic novel, written by Eisner Award Winning writer Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL) and acclaimed author James Robinson (Superman), and fully painted by the legendary Gabriele Dell'Otto (SECRET WAR) comes to you in a high-end, oversized format to give you the web-slinger's darkest hour - and greatest triumph!

30 review for Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    The Kingpin is fat. Not fat like your 300 pound beer drinking uncle or the guy who plays Santa at the mall. It’s more like a big-boned, muscular kind of fat. My son had the Kingpin action figure and it was telling that it was one of the few figures that couldn’t bend his knees. His action figure ability – if you put something in his arms – Spider-Man, Captain Picard, spare change – he could fling it. But because he couldn’t bend his knees (or see his feet), how could he pick anything up in order The Kingpin is fat. Not fat like your 300 pound beer drinking uncle or the guy who plays Santa at the mall. It’s more like a big-boned, muscular kind of fat. My son had the Kingpin action figure and it was telling that it was one of the few figures that couldn’t bend his knees. His action figure ability – if you put something in his arms – Spider-Man, Captain Picard, spare change – he could fling it. But because he couldn’t bend his knees (or see his feet), how could he pick anything up in order to fling it. A dilemma, no? Kingpin’s been around since the sixties as a mid-level mob boss. He originally was one of Spider-Man’s rogues but is frequently lent to Daredevil, because Daredevil’s group of villains, in a word, suck. If you want to see the Kingpin naked (not recommended) or in flagrante delicto (definitely not recommended) you can always read a Punisher Max book. So, what does this have to do with this Spider-Man one shot book? If you’ve never read my reviews before, it’s usually nothing (sucker!), but Kingpin is the villain du jour here. Kingpin learns of a secret stash of Nazi gold that’s somehow connected to Peter Parker and his parents. It seems that Peter Parker has a sister he never knew about and his sister is a spy, just like their Mom and Dad. Before you start rolling your eyes and remarking about writers “discovering another superhero’s long lost family member/friend that no one had ever heard of before", trust me, in a basic just-entertain-me level, it works. Bottom line: A fun read from Mark Waid and James Robinson. Gabriele Dell’Otto’s art work is exceptional.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    The story isn't anything phenomenal. And, by that, I mean it won't exactly rock your world with it's incredibly crazy storyline. But. I think Waid has a spot-on grasp of Peter Parker's voice and personality. So much so, that it takes a rather mediocre Spider-Man story, and turns it into something very enjoyable to read. The real star of the show in Family Business is the art. Gabriele Dell'Otto did an amazing job with the illustrations! I'l love to be one of those people who knew enough to say exact The story isn't anything phenomenal. And, by that, I mean it won't exactly rock your world with it's incredibly crazy storyline. But. I think Waid has a spot-on grasp of Peter Parker's voice and personality. So much so, that it takes a rather mediocre Spider-Man story, and turns it into something very enjoyable to read. The real star of the show in Family Business is the art. Gabriele Dell'Otto did an amazing job with the illustrations! I'l love to be one of those people who knew enough to say exactly what kind of artsy thing it's called, but I'm not. It looks like some kind of watercolor painting, but it still feels crisp. Not all flowing and weird. I'm probably describing this all wrong. Hmmm. What I'm trying to say, is that, while it was all pretty and soft, I could still tell what was going on in each scene. It wasn't like you had characters faces who were blending in with their jacket, the background, or the guy standing next to them. Does that make sense? No? Sorry, I suck at this. This is a pretty short story, so if you're looking for a quickie, this would be a good choice. This has nothing to do with this story, but I sliced my pinky all to hell the other night. The tip of that bastard was so fuckin' floppy that I couldn't even get it to line up with the rest of my finger. Luckily, I am the proud owner of a long-suffering husband, who managed to squish it into something that sort of resembled the original digit's shape. I shared that disgusting story to say this: Before my fateful run-in with the kitchen knife, I never realized how much I used my pinky to type. Owwwwwwww. Moral of the story? Never drink beer on an empty stomach, and then try to chop stir-fry veggies. Also, make sure you always have a pack of butterfly stitches in your house.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Good but not earth-shaking Spidey vs. Kingpin tale mostly set in foreign lands; the main draw - other than the stylish art - was the soap opera possibility that Peter Parker has a long-lost sibling.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Wow. Page one, the art arrests me. Did not expect to see full painted scenes, rich with nuance and detail. Every page I turned was another treasure - close-up here, splash of saturated colour there. Great kinetic action, intuitive sense of where to place the camera for maximum effect. Gorgeous scenery by Dell'Otto and Dell'Edera. And a great little premise by Waid and Robinson. Clips along speedily, keeping us on our toes, wondering just when the shoe is going to drop. In fact, I felt haunted by Wow. Page one, the art arrests me. Did not expect to see full painted scenes, rich with nuance and detail. Every page I turned was another treasure - close-up here, splash of saturated colour there. Great kinetic action, intuitive sense of where to place the camera for maximum effect. Gorgeous scenery by Dell'Otto and Dell'Edera. And a great little premise by Waid and Robinson. Clips along speedily, keeping us on our toes, wondering just when the shoe is going to drop. In fact, I felt haunted by that voice in the back of my head, telling me this can't be true, it won't survive into canon. There's no way they can keep this idea part of the Spidey mythos...it got a little annoying to keep trying to shut myself up. And shut up it finally did, but only when the action closed in and the villain finally showed up to pull it all together. And monologue his victory dance, just before getting his ass handed to him. How does a guy like that keep getting pants'ed year after year, and keep showing up with the master plan that he's granite-sure has no chance of failure? What is it going to take to get through to someone like that? Do we have an intervention? Does he start taking lithium for the voices in his head that must be drowning out reality? Or does he feel like he's doing a public service, giving our heroes another one to beat down so we lowly citizens can sleep well at night (even if we're constantly exposed to peeping toms on stilts, cat burglars in slinky fur-cuffed bodysuits and shape-shifting green-skinned aliens)? Doesn't it seem a tad selfless to be that guy every year? Better than Santa, come to think of it - though for far fewer people. Though I'm also wearing Spider-Man underwear on X-Mas morning. And yes Anne, Waid writes Peter like he's spent *way* too many years hiding out in Parker's closet.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nicolo

    I wanted to rate this higher for the Dell'Otto art but I just couldn't. It's a forgettable tale that is better suited for a second story of a 64 page annual and not for a hardcover original graphic novel. I admit though that if this was released during the height of Doctor Octopus reign as the Superior Spider-Man, this would have gave old school Peter Parker fans a story of their own to enjoy. The story does end open-ended and seemed to allude to a close kinship for Peter and supposed sister. I t I wanted to rate this higher for the Dell'Otto art but I just couldn't. It's a forgettable tale that is better suited for a second story of a 64 page annual and not for a hardcover original graphic novel. I admit though that if this was released during the height of Doctor Octopus reign as the Superior Spider-Man, this would have gave old school Peter Parker fans a story of their own to enjoy. The story does end open-ended and seemed to allude to a close kinship for Peter and supposed sister. I think it would be a great idea for Peter to have more family. If you could spare 25 dollars I say go get this book. There isn't immediate impact on the regular Spider-Man title at the moment but the ended does plant a seed for future use.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rory Wilding

    Although Peter Parker was originally conceived by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko as an ordinary high schooler who lives in Queens and knows his science to then being bitten by a radioactive spider that gives great power and... well you know the rest; but over fifty years of publication, writers and artists had to find new angles in developing Peter's life as he ages. Introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5, Peter's parents, Richard and Mary were secret agents of the C.I.A. prior to their deaths Although Peter Parker was originally conceived by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko as an ordinary high schooler who lives in Queens and knows his science to then being bitten by a radioactive spider that gives great power and... well you know the rest; but over fifty years of publication, writers and artists had to find new angles in developing Peter's life as he ages. Introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5, Peter's parents, Richard and Mary were secret agents of the C.I.A. prior to their deaths, which looms large in the second entry in Marvel's new original graphic novel line. During one rainy night in New York, where he apprehends a few crooks whilst trying to get into the cleaners', Peter is being pursued by a new force from fellow nemesis the Kingpin and who comes to save him is his apparent long-lost sister Teresa. Together, the siblings go off on a globe-trotting adventure to fool the Kingpin's latest masterplan, whilst Peter is struggling whether this woman is truly a blood relative or not. As you might guess, Peter isn't your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man here and for a lot of the book, he isn't even in his traditional red and blue spandex, as co-writers Mark Waid and James Robinson craft a tale that is as much James Bond and Indiana Jones, to the point that Peter references Jason Bourne. As much as I like my Spider-Man stories simple and straightforward, taking your heroes out of their comfort zone can be troublesome, and yet Waid and Robinson provide plenty of dramedy towards the central sibling dynamic to make this a fresh read compared to most Spidey books. Given how this graphic novel looks back in the history of Spider-Man comics and adds a new spin that has the potential to be life-changing for Peter, but because of how it's published and marketed, it feels more like a standalone story. As for the mysteries behind Teresa and the Kingpin's plan, the introduction of Mentallo who is forced to assist the Kingpin as a master of illusions i.e. Mysterio does lead into the typical convoluted supervillain direction and how it resolves the overall narrative, which may be disappointing for some. Fully painted by Secret War artist Gabriele Dell'Otto, it is a beautiful book that reminds me of the realistic artistry of Alex Ross, as well as his vibrant colouring allows a distinction between the numerous locations across the globe. Although you do get the traditional Spider-antics (despite the random appearance of a black-suited Spidey) as he fights outlandish costumed villainy and something mechanically extravagant in the climax, as I said before, it is about Peter delves into a life of a secret agent, much to his bumbling actions, something Dell'Otto has a lot of fun with, along with the few flashbacks showcasing how bad-ass Richard and Mary Parker were. Although it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of this standalone story should add to the legacy of Peter Parker, Mark Waid and James Robinson present an enjoyable spy-centric tale that takes Spider-Man out of his comfort zone, whilst Gabriele Dell'Otto's art is enough to buy this pricey graphic novel.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    A Spider-man story that turns into a Jason Bourne/James Bond spy-style-adventure, fully painted by Gabriele Dell'otto, with The Kingpin as the villain. It's goooooooood. It is unusual to see Peter/Spider-man in a spy story, because his character doesn't really lend him well to be in those types of situations. He pretty much stays in New York City and beats up whoever the villain of the week is. So it was good to see him in this going Global, going to Cairo and Monaco (and even attempting to speak A Spider-man story that turns into a Jason Bourne/James Bond spy-style-adventure, fully painted by Gabriele Dell'otto, with The Kingpin as the villain. It's goooooooood. It is unusual to see Peter/Spider-man in a spy story, because his character doesn't really lend him well to be in those types of situations. He pretty much stays in New York City and beats up whoever the villain of the week is. So it was good to see him in this going Global, going to Cairo and Monaco (and even attempting to speak some French), and this is all because it ties into his parents past being CIA agents. A new character, claiming to be Peter's sister, comes along to take him on this adventure. Marvel is going into Peter's past a lot recently, with the new Amazing #1 and the films going into his parents life styles (even though in the films they're scientists and not CIA agents). It's territory that needs to be tread lightly, so as not to upset long time readers with changing too much continuity. But at the same time, new things need to be done with these characters to keep them fresh. I don't want to spoil the book, so I wont go into detail, but how this OGN plays out wont upset you if you're a continuity hawk. And then there's the art, and the reason this gets a full 5. Dell'oto has been on my radar since he did Secret War with Bendis, which is a beautiful looking book and a very good read, so him being on at was a big draw to me actually reading this. He did some Annuals with Bendis back in 2012 (I think?), and they looked good too but it wasn't his fully painted style that he used for Secret War. This is. And it looks gorgeous. His layout makes it excited to read, and nearly every time he draws Spider-man it's a "oh wow" moment. The painted artwork also really suits the OGN format, because it gives it more of a premium look. It looks like a movie. It's the only OGN I've read so far from this new line Marvel is putting out, and after this I'm more tempted to check out some of the others. It's in continuity with the main universe, but not so much that you have to be caught up on what Dan Slott is doing. (I THINK this happens after Peter takes his body back after Doc Ock. I think?) A good Spider-man story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    Great artwork. Like a less pompous Alex Ross if that makes sense. Mark Waid writes a good Peter Parker, personality wise, but the story is pretty Saturday Morning Cartoon simple.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Solid story by Waid on this one. Amazing art as well. Seeing Spidey "back in black" was an added bonus. Solid story by Waid on this one. Amazing art as well. Seeing Spidey "back in black" was an added bonus.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lono

    Story was nothing special. The art was the main draw here. Ridiculous painted artwork from Gabriele Dell'Otto. Wish this guy would put out more stuff. Story was nothing special. The art was the main draw here. Ridiculous painted artwork from Gabriele Dell'Otto. Wish this guy would put out more stuff.

  11. 4 out of 5

    RG

    Amazing art helps a pretty simple story. Still really enjoyed this more than I was expecting for a short story

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bobby

    It’s a fun one-off Spider-Man. The art sure is great to look at though. Five star art, three star plot. Four sounds good

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Part of Marvel's new line of OGNs, Family Business has a clever hook that could have potentially lead to more for the character involved, but unfortunately falls prey to the 'Everything is as it was before' trope so that by the end of the story, there's no real impact overall bar the cliffhanger ending which will likely be ignored for a long, long time. The story itself is serviceable enough however, and reminds me of certain storylines from the 90s Spider-Man animated series quite strongly, but Part of Marvel's new line of OGNs, Family Business has a clever hook that could have potentially lead to more for the character involved, but unfortunately falls prey to the 'Everything is as it was before' trope so that by the end of the story, there's no real impact overall bar the cliffhanger ending which will likely be ignored for a long, long time. The story itself is serviceable enough however, and reminds me of certain storylines from the 90s Spider-Man animated series quite strongly, but the twists are telegraphed too early so that there aren't really any surprises as the story progresses. The strength of the book is definitely in the artwork however, with Dell'Otto's beautiful paintings carrying the story through its clumsier parts; some pages would look gorgeous blown up and put on the wall.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tim Champlin

    This is an original graphic novel starring your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Written by Mark Waid, one of my top two or three comic book writers with some extremely beautiful art. The story takes Spidey into a different direction than his usual stories with a clear influence from James Bond and Indiana Jones. So obviously I'm going to really love this. The only downfall for me is it's length, it's really short. Still one heck of a fun ride. This is an original graphic novel starring your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Written by Mark Waid, one of my top two or three comic book writers with some extremely beautiful art. The story takes Spidey into a different direction than his usual stories with a clear influence from James Bond and Indiana Jones. So obviously I'm going to really love this. The only downfall for me is it's length, it's really short. Still one heck of a fun ride.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sidney

    A wild cinematic ride that sends Peter Parker on a globe-hopping adventure in a James Bond mode. Family secrets, buried treasure and deadly devices mean peril for Spidey, and of curse the Kingpin’s involved.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris Vermeulen

    Quite liked the original story and the globe-trotting adventure. The thing that stands out most about this book is the amazing art. One of the best drawn and coloured books I've read. Quite liked the original story and the globe-trotting adventure. The thing that stands out most about this book is the amazing art. One of the best drawn and coloured books I've read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Collins

    Gorgeous art. Story was just okay.

  18. 5 out of 5

    James Bath

    3 star story with 5 star art.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mitty Finholdt

    ...alright

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bryson Kopf

    This is a very qualified 3 stars (this puppy is a hair away from 4 stars); visually this thing is a feast. Dell'Otto's art is beautiful, and the overall design and look of this OGN is gorgeous. I mean, look at that cover! Amazing! BUT, the story is just ok. I usually enjoy Waid and Robinson's other work (Waid has just been killing it recently with his work on Daredevil), and there is plenty of great action and twists, but the story just does not gel quite right. They sell the revelation of Peter This is a very qualified 3 stars (this puppy is a hair away from 4 stars); visually this thing is a feast. Dell'Otto's art is beautiful, and the overall design and look of this OGN is gorgeous. I mean, look at that cover! Amazing! BUT, the story is just ok. I usually enjoy Waid and Robinson's other work (Waid has just been killing it recently with his work on Daredevil), and there is plenty of great action and twists, but the story just does not gel quite right. They sell the revelation of Peter having a sister (maybe?) perfectly, and it is a ton of fun to see Pete in a very non-Spider-Man style adventure, in an jet-setting spy mode. Plus, it was great seeing the Kingpin as the main foe, who rarely gets to fight Spidey these days. BUT, again it never really sticks the landing and the main plot (Pete's DNA is needed to unlock Nazi gold!?), is funky as all get out. I recommend a read just for the visuals, don't expect the story to hang in there!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    It's rare that I would borrow rather than buy Spider-Man but this one just bypassed me and my list of things I need to get is too long for the money to stretch. Non continuity tales get knocked lower down in priority. Wade does a nice job with Pete but the story itself is a little mediocre. I've never been a fan of the Parker's being super secret CIA agents (to me, it robs Peter of the humble background, ultimately he's just another super brainy secret agent sprog who lucked into powers). Still, It's rare that I would borrow rather than buy Spider-Man but this one just bypassed me and my list of things I need to get is too long for the money to stretch. Non continuity tales get knocked lower down in priority. Wade does a nice job with Pete but the story itself is a little mediocre. I've never been a fan of the Parker's being super secret CIA agents (to me, it robs Peter of the humble background, ultimately he's just another super brainy secret agent sprog who lucked into powers). Still, the globe trotting didn't bother me as much as it has in the past. It's quite predictable though, reveals and reversals just as you would expect. Please please please, don't give Pete a sister. Not needed. Dell'Otto brings the business as you would expecting, leaving a touch of class and raising the quality. Not sure I need this in my collection though and that's saying something.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    So the biggest problem with these OGNs continues to be that they're continuity-free zones where the authors aren't allowed to have a major impact on the character's ongoing stories. Despite that, this is an enjoyable book. Waid and Robinson start off with a great premise and add on a conflict with the Kingpin, one of Spider-Man's most iconic foes (and one not as overused as Goblins in recent years). The result is an enthralling read that kept me turning the pages ... and the ending was an intrigu So the biggest problem with these OGNs continues to be that they're continuity-free zones where the authors aren't allowed to have a major impact on the character's ongoing stories. Despite that, this is an enjoyable book. Waid and Robinson start off with a great premise and add on a conflict with the Kingpin, one of Spider-Man's most iconic foes (and one not as overused as Goblins in recent years). The result is an enthralling read that kept me turning the pages ... and the ending was an intriguing bit of fun that I hope Slott will pick up in the years to come.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tamahome

    Nice painted art and fun story so far. Mark Waid is a very reliable writer. FINISH: Pretty fun and offbeat. Minus 2 stars for decompressed storytelling and comic book physics. Nice painted art and fun story so far. Mark Waid is a very reliable writer. FINISH: Pretty fun and offbeat. Minus 2 stars for decompressed storytelling and comic book physics.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Nice, fast paced, self-contained tale.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Luiz Fernando

    Nothing phenomenal, but a solid Spider-Man comicbook. 3.5 stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    OMG this art is gorgeous. Pencils by Werther Dell'Edera & painted art by Gabriele Dell'Otto... It's just so pretty. Writing-wise, I think Waid writes a fantastic Peter Parker. Peter's big heart and his doofusness (like Peter pretending to be "French Spider-Man." <3) is all here + some great action pages. Also, I love a good Kingpin story. Rather, I love a good Kingpin reveal. And this one was pretty friggin good. There's drama, heartbreak, danger, and bittersweet satisfaction. The hero won, but OMG this art is gorgeous. Pencils by Werther Dell'Edera & painted art by Gabriele Dell'Otto... It's just so pretty. Writing-wise, I think Waid writes a fantastic Peter Parker. Peter's big heart and his doofusness (like Peter pretending to be "French Spider-Man." <3) is all here + some great action pages. Also, I love a good Kingpin story. Rather, I love a good Kingpin reveal. And this one was pretty friggin good. There's drama, heartbreak, danger, and bittersweet satisfaction. The hero won, but at what cost? (view spoiler)[I think this whole story was pretty freakin well done. I honestly was utterly confused the whole time. I know Peter doesn't have any siblings but halfway through, I was like, maybe he could have? The seed of doubt niggled and damn if that isn't good writing! Waid just gets Peter: his need to protect, but also his obsessive need to protect and hold on to family. So, I loved the ending which brought us right back to the beginning, with Kingpin out of his mind with a plan for Frumm. Peter's goodbye to Teresa was heartbreaking, but I loved her "oui" at the end. I love a little open-ended hint! Does she remember some things? Maybe! (Same goes for the heartbreaking Epilgoue with the Parkers & Emile Chigaru (the Parkers' handler) scanning Peter's DNA. Does he know Peter is Spidy? Maybe!) (hide spoiler)] 5 stars because I can't think of any reason to give it less.

  27. 5 out of 5

    ▫️Ron

    I am not a fan of the idea that the Parkers were CIA superheroes out saving the world when Peter was a baby. I didn't know that's what would form the basis of this OGN, or I would have given it a pass. If I'd known it would feature his sister (don't ask), and have a weak Bond flair, I would have given it a harder pass. But that's okay - Kingpin is great when he's written well, right? Mark Waid didn't write him well, I'm afraid - or it's not so much that, as Mark Waid didn't write the plot well. C I am not a fan of the idea that the Parkers were CIA superheroes out saving the world when Peter was a baby. I didn't know that's what would form the basis of this OGN, or I would have given it a pass. If I'd known it would feature his sister (don't ask), and have a weak Bond flair, I would have given it a harder pass. But that's okay - Kingpin is great when he's written well, right? Mark Waid didn't write him well, I'm afraid - or it's not so much that, as Mark Waid didn't write the plot well. Comics are at their best when they're depicting things that can't be done well in other media. They are an opportunity to do the impossible. This book mires itself in the strictly-possible, and appears to be an effort to float a made-to-order storyboard for a movie or television story. Gabriele Dell'Otto, and Werther Dell'Edera are two very capable artists. They also clearly enjoyed illustrating a casino scene, with a proper super villain fight, more than most of the rest of the book. It's easy to understand why - those 4 or 5 pages were the most Spider-Man'esk moments in the story. I won't go below 2 stars, in honor of their hard work - the book really does look good. In fact, their palette is more enjoyable than Alex Ross's sometimes is. The black costume being foisted on Peter was probably a time-saving effort for the painters. That's the only thing that makes a kind of sense about it being used. It doesn't serve the story. Not good comics.

  28. 5 out of 5

    The Fizza

    2.5 STARS - Family Business had promise, but it's promise unfulfilled. Artist Gabriele Dell'Otto's did gorgeous work... the story, however, was (aside from having whiskers on it) had no weight to it. Which would be fine if it was some of the usual wacky adventures of your Friendly Neighborhood Wall-Crawler. This story, unfortunately, pretends to more. I have long been a fan of Mark Waid & (most of) James Robinson's work and have no doubt that the pairing would have been a good idea had the story t 2.5 STARS - Family Business had promise, but it's promise unfulfilled. Artist Gabriele Dell'Otto's did gorgeous work... the story, however, was (aside from having whiskers on it) had no weight to it. Which would be fine if it was some of the usual wacky adventures of your Friendly Neighborhood Wall-Crawler. This story, unfortunately, pretends to more. I have long been a fan of Mark Waid & (most of) James Robinson's work and have no doubt that the pairing would have been a good idea had the story they broke been more about entertainment than some family history 'golden goose' or just had taken bolder strides with the tale within the pages of this book. An action which would have made more sense as the Marvel OGN Universe isn't exactly cannon. That being as it is, it was a completely adequate story... would I recommend it? If you've read all the Spidy you have and are looking for something new, sure. But it's a borrow, not a buy!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Desire Veronica

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I picked this up because .... hello it’s spider-man ! I opened it up and was taken aback by how gorgeous Dell’Otto’s artwork was . It’s so amazing. I’m pretty sure I just stared at a few of the pages for longer than needed. Reading that Peter Parker may have had a sister drew me in as well and this graphic novel started out so strong in my opinion. As you progress, it still feels as though you’re not learning much about the family as a whole (I’m not a hardcore comic book reader so I don’t know I picked this up because .... hello it’s spider-man ! I opened it up and was taken aback by how gorgeous Dell’Otto’s artwork was . It’s so amazing. I’m pretty sure I just stared at a few of the pages for longer than needed. Reading that Peter Parker may have had a sister drew me in as well and this graphic novel started out so strong in my opinion. As you progress, it still feels as though you’re not learning much about the family as a whole (I’m not a hardcore comic book reader so I don’t know much about his parents if it was even ever really mentioned in the comic book world.) When I was coming up on the end of the novel, it was pretty obvious I was reaching the end. Though I wasn’t ready for the story to be over. It was kind of anti-climactic......... everything just happens so fast. There’s not really time to process? And the big reveal about what Kingpin had done to trick Peter didn’t come as a shock like it should have. The synopsis had me stoked to read this but it just feels like false advertisement and the end just comes up so short...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Casper

    Not the greatest story, especially not coming from Waid, but Dell'Otto's has absolutely no trouble carrying this book on its back. Every page is stunning and if nothing else Waid sets up some great scenarios for Dell'Otto to paint. The idea of Peter Parker having a sister is kind of laughable and boring. Nothing about the story intrigued me, except for the Kingpin and Mentallo bits. Those were incredibly well done. Also Waid writes a good Spider-Man, even when everything else is subpar. Again Dell Not the greatest story, especially not coming from Waid, but Dell'Otto's has absolutely no trouble carrying this book on its back. Every page is stunning and if nothing else Waid sets up some great scenarios for Dell'Otto to paint. The idea of Peter Parker having a sister is kind of laughable and boring. Nothing about the story intrigued me, except for the Kingpin and Mentallo bits. Those were incredibly well done. Also Waid writes a good Spider-Man, even when everything else is subpar. Again Dell'Otto steals the show with no issues at all. I was spending more time just starring at the beautiful pictures. Especially every page with Spider-Man felt like it was bursting with energy and color. Spidey was practically popping off the page several times and for this reason alone I can't see myself every parting from this book. Would highly recommend to anyone who's a fan of Dell'Otto or anyone who wants to look at some gorgeous paintings of Spider-Man.

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