By Ben Chabala
Every week we'll pick a handful of awesome comics from the thousands available through Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. From creator spotlights to editor's picks and more, this'll be your spot to find something new and cool.
This week marks Spider-Man’s 50th birthday, so you can bet Unlimited Highlights has a healthy heaping of arachnid adventures ready to read. We’ve got a tale from every era to round out this celebration, some of the most sensational Spidey stories ever told, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!
Tired of defeat at the witty wallcrawler’s hands, six of the most evil villains around team-up to destroy Spider-Man and put an end to his reign of banter-filled vigilantism. Lead by the infamous Doctor Octopus, Electro, Kraven, Sandman, Mysterio and The Vulture all take a crack at the webbed wonder. Will Spidey survive the onslaught of the Sinister Six?
One of the defining moments in Peter Parker’s life takes place within these pages: the death of Gwen Stacy. Witness the terrible tragedy unfold as Norman Osborn finally gives himself over to The Green Goblin and becomes evil incarnate, his only mission to destroy his hated foe. Watch as he finds Gwen alone in Peter’s apartment, as Spider-Man attempts to rescue the love his life from the clutches of a madman, and then she falls, changing everything forever.
Only one target has ever eluded the traps and snares of Kraven the Hunter: Spider-Man. Every time the world’s most renowned tracker sets his sights on the webslinger he finds nothing but failure, and it has finally broken him. He seeks only death and the return of his honor—and he must kill Spider-Man if he ever hopes to achieve those ends. Now an unhinged Kraven begins his final quest, his last hunt, and only one of these eternal enemies will survive.
As if one symbiote didn’t provide enough of a challenge, now a psychotic killer by the name of Cletus Kasady controls some of the extraterrestrial gunk and wants to set New York City ablaze. His new pals—a deadly siren called Shriek, and a mutated Spider-Man doppelganger complete with extra arms and razor-sharp teeth—aim to help put the planet to the pyre. Can Spider-Man stop Carnage and friends, or will he need help from one deadly enemy to do the job?
It’s a Brand New Day in life of Peter Parker, but while some things change, others will always stay the same, and Mr. Parker needs a job. Unfortunately, because he spends so much time working in his tights, he’s not exactly qualified for the standard nine to five. Add in a Spider-Man-themed mugger, an all-new menace named Mr. Negative, and a whole host of girl problems and you’ve got a recipe for disaster only Spidey could cook up!