Ultimate Comics Spider-Man: Death of Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Why a mask? Why a secret identity? Heroes could all sign up for the police force, the FBI, or something like that and get paid to save humanity rather than be vigilantes. Why a mask? Why a secret identity? Probably because whether it be a comic book or real life, if someone wants to hurt you it's bad if they know your name and where you live. That's bad enough under the best of circumstances, but then let's add that your enemies are super powered and want to squeeze the life out of you. When your friends, loved ones, and even your neighbors could become collateral damage, a mask and a secret identity aren't a luxury they're a necessity.
In Death of Spider-Man everything that could go wrong did. His worst enemies know his name, they know where he lives, and they came to his front door.
I'm all emotional about this and I knew what was happening even before it happened. The story was well told and absolutely pulled on my heart strings.
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