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The Amazing Spider-Man #30 (Vol. 2)
January 28th, 2018 by Rusty

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The Amazing Spider-Man #30 cover

The Amazing Spider-Man #30 (Vol. 2)

Date: June 2001
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $2.25
2018 NM Price: $6
Stats: 22 color pages, lots of Spider-Man themed ads and The Spider’s Web letters page
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Artists: John Romita Jr., Scott Hanna, Dan Kemp, Richard Starkings, Wes Abbot, with J. Scott Campbell cover
Notable Notes: A new writer and two new characters begin with this issue!

Bablyon 5

In 1999 I started reading the comic book series Rising Stars by J. Michael Straczynski and I totally loved it! There was a lot of hype, at the time, about the writer of the hit TV series Bablyon 5 writing his own comic series. Even though he had worked on a few comics in the 1980s, it seemed like it was Rising Stars that made him super popular in the comics world. Shortly after that he was tapped to write The Amazing Spider-Man, beginning with this issue. Again, lots of hype about him and the story he crafted. I figured it was high time I give his Spider-Man books a try – and this issue, at least, turned out to be really cool!


“Transformations, Literal & Otherwise” – Peter Parker’s life has been rough recently (and always!) so he swings around town and busts up an old building in an effort to work off some of his bad feelings. Later, he visits his old, run-down high school and sees that there are still jerks who are bullies. But a real surprise comes as he foils an attempted car-jacking: some old guy sneaks up on him and crawls the walls just like he does! Intrigued, Spidey follows this “Ezekiel” and learns very little about him – but the man does make Peter wonder about the spider that bit him all those years ago – then he disappears. Meanwhile, over at the docks, we see a new, vampirey-looking, bad guy named Morlun, who feeds off the powers of a third rate super-hero. Gasp! I’m sure that will lead to nothing good!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 5 stars – I love stories where new, intriguing characters are introduced – and this issue has two of them! Plus, it was both cool and creepy seeing someone else who could do the things Peter could do!
  • Art: 5 stars – I am a fan of John Romita Jr., so I really liked the art in this issue. The large scale city scenes, and Spider-Man’s web, were especially awesome!
  • Fun Factor: 5 stars – A very intriguing story, great art, classic Spider-Man action and new characters? What’s not to like here?!

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