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The Next Spider-Man Has Been Cast!

The next live action Spider-Man has been cast!

British actor Tom Holland has been selected to be the next Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Holland is from Kingston and has mostly acted in stage theater. He is best known for his role in “Billy Elliot the Musical” and also on a TV Mini-Series called “Wolf Hall”. Holland is nineteen and the youngest actor to play Peter Parker on screen.

Holland is now the third actor to play Peter Parker and follows in the footsteps of Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

Rumor is, Holland will make his first appearance as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the upcoming Marvel film Captain America 3: Civil War. Spidey plays a huge role in the comic book event, so it will be very interesting to see how Marvel pulls this off, and whether or not the fans will be accepting of a third Spider-Man reboot. Additionally, Jon Watt’s is slated to direct a solo Spider-Man film in 2017 staring Tom Holland.

Are you excited for the news about a new Spider-Man? Let us know in the comments below!


4LN Comic Review: The Amazing Spider-Man #9, Spider-Verse Part 1

Series: Amazing Spider-Man
Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Oliver Coipel


Summary from Comixology: “It’s the biggest spider-event ever! When a force of evil threatens spider-characters throughout the multiverse, EVERY SPIDER-MAN EVER is needed to save the day!”


Overview –
This has been the issue that I have been waiting a while for. It’s finally started, no longer at the edge of, but we are completely in the Spider-Verse now, and it’s going to be a hell of a ride. So far this year, my favorite single comic book issue has been Edge of Spider-Verse #2, the Gwen Stacy issue. That had two of my favorite things; Gwen Stacy and punk rock. But, ASM #9 might actually be a close second. I have stated many times before that I am NOT a fan of big events, but I’m on the hype train with Spider-Verse.

Highs –
I’m a pretty big Dan Slott fan, and this issue just reminds me why I love his Spider-Man so much. Each and every turn of the page was adding more and more excitement, because I honestly had no clue what to expect, and a few times I was actually worried for which characters would live and which ones would die. The writing was truly top notch on this issue, but the real surprise was Oliver Coipel’s art work. It really blew me away. There were a few pages that A LOT of things were happening, but he kept it clean, clear, and organized. I never once found myself getting lost in the chaos of the story, and for that I am very impressed.


Lows –
I was originally bummed that this book was $4.99, but after reading it, I’m not bothered. I guess that I’m bummed that there wasn’t more of Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (I demand he get’s his own ongoing title!). I like that Spider-Ham has a very Rocket Raccoon feel to him, but he’s not a photocopy with the recent success of the character. After one issue, without many flaws, this event can only get better if they follow the formula used in this book.

The Final Say –
This was a great kick off to a huge event. We all have emotional ties with many spider-characters and I feel that this book will bring great joy and also great sadness to readers. Silk is growing as a strong solo character, and Morlun seems to have become a villian that should be feared in the coming months. With all this being said, I have to award The Amazing Spider-Man #9 a solid 4 out of 5. If you have any interest in Peter Parker, or any other Spider in the Marvel Universe, you need to be reading this series. If you already read it, leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Amazing Spider-Man #1 Review


Book: Amazing Spider-Man #1
Writer: Dan Slott
Artist: Humberto Ramos

Summary from Comixology: “The world may have changed since Spidey’s been gone, but so has Peter Parker. This is a man with a second chance at life, and he’s not wasting a moment of it. Same Parker Luck, new Parker attitude. Putting the “friendly” back in the neighborhood, the “hero” back into “super hero,” and the “amazing” back into “Spider-Man!” Also returning: The recharged and reenergized ELECTRO!”

Well my friends, it’s good to say, the king is back. Amazing Spider-Man #1 by Dan Slott is the triumphant return of one of the most popular comic book characters in the history of the industry. This is the return that Peter Parker deserved, and it’s just in time for the film The Amazing Spider-Man 2! As a quick little backstory, Doc Ock switched minds with Peter (See Amazing Spider-Man 700) and finally killed him, but only physically. Peter’s mind remained in Doc Ock’s subconscious.

In order to read Amazing Spider-Man #1, that is pretty much all you really need to know. Now, I’m not a Spider-Man fan but I was super excited for this issue to come out. I told my friend Steve over at Comic Collector Live: The Store to pull #1 and the Martín variant for me, I also told him not to let me take this book off my pull for the next year, I’m going to force myself to like Spider-Man. And let me tell you, if the rest of the story is anything like this issue, I’m going to end up loving Spider-Man. I personally loved that this was a solid jumping on point for anyone who isn’t familiar with your neighborhood wall-crawler. You get a nice little background about what has happened in the previous issues, and the story flows naturally and doesn’t seemed forced at all.

I really enjoyed the humor that Dan Slott bring to Spider-Man. All the jokes in the story seem so natural and real. It didn’t feel scripted or pushed on you. A few times I laughed out loud and thought “Man, I would love to be that smart on my feet in a situation like that.” The humor was a major selling point for me.

The rest of the book consists of several more Spider-Man stories, and honestly it kind of feels like a party, a nice welcome back to Peter Parker. It’s jammed pack full! It’s 82 pages and only $5.99. I thought that was a very fair price for what you are getting. Over all, I loved this book. My only problem with the book was the cover. I thought it was really weak for such a loveable characters return, but hey, it’s still an awesome book. Go buy it, add this book to your pull, and see what’s going to happen with Peter over the next year. I’ll sure be reading this book for a while!


This is the cover I don’t enjoy. It feels way to cartoon-ish. And looks like Andrew Garfield.

I’ve got to go with a 4 out of 4. This book was something special, and I think you’ll see that once you read it.

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It’s good to have you back.

Why I Relate To Peter Parker


For my entire life, Spiderman has been my favorite superhero. As a kid, the only reason that I probably liked him was because I thought he had a cool looking costume (which I still do.) As I started to grow up more and go through the awkward years of middle school and high school, I started seeing Peter Parker as someone to look up to. The story of Peter Parker’s evolution to Spiderman is fairly common knowledge, but I’ll give you a refresher anyways. Peter Parker is your typical nerdy, awkward teenage high schooler who is just trying to survive the growing pains of life. Parker gets bitten by a radioactive spider and eventually gains his super powers. Obviously, I’m no web slinging super hero but I relate so well to Peter Parker in other ways.

I admired Peter’s work ethic. As a high schooler he had the ambition to use his photography talents to land a job at The Daily Bugle. I’ve been a web designer for years now, so I appreciate the fact that in Ultimate Spiderman he was a web designer. Maybe that is an odd reason on why I stuck with web design? Anyways, I had an incredible respect for how much he handled. He did it all. Student, boyfriend, superhero, taking care of Aunt May, you name it and he did it. Pretty incredible stuff for a high school kid to handle. Granted, I didn’t do near that much throughout high school but it helped me focus on and handle what I had to do.

High school life must be hard on a teenage super hero.

This is about to get pretty personal, but hear me out. Similar to the way Peter lost Uncle Ben, my junior year of high school I lost my grandmother, who I was very close with. This was the first real experience of loss that I had up to that point in my life. It was very hard for my high school mind to deal with, or anyone to deal with really. Around this time, I started reading the Ultimate Spiderman series. This was the first time that I really dove in to the Spiderman’s story and the first time I read a comic regularly.  Following the story and seeing Uncle Ben’s death outside of a movie for the first time hit me hard. I saw the pain that Peter went through and I could relate to that.

Ben’s line “with great power, comes great responsibility.” stuck with me after my grandmother’s death. I knew she would say the same thing. She always saw my potential, talents and wanted me to always make the best of what I had. Ben saw that Peter had potential to do something great and wanted to make sure that he met that potential. Peter Parker had been the nerdy awkward one his entire life and then realized he could do something great with what he was given. We’re all weak and human in our own ways, but we all have something great to offer the world and the people around us. Peter Parker is the regular guy that I can relate to, to make me believe I can be something better. Whether it’s losing someone, having a close friend believe in you or a simple comic book character, sometimes we just need a push to realize what we have to offer.