The Year in Review chronicles the high and low points of the calendar year in the Spider-Man and related titles. What were the best stories of the year? The worst? What ongoing storylines have the most potential - and which should be forgotten?

Spider-Man: 1999 - Year One After the Reboot - Marvel decides to start the Spider-Man titles over again in the mistaken belief that a new paint job will make readers ignore the loud engine noises and the squealing brakes. It doesn't work.

Spider-Man: 2000 - The Worst of Times? - Just as the title suggests. Marvel's dictate to dispose of Spider-Man's wife Mary Jane Watson-Parker is only part of what sends the titles careening into the abyss. But near the end - a glimmer of hope shines through.

Spider-Man: 2001 - Back from the Brink? - Respected sci-fi and comic scribe J. Michael Straczynski tries to right a sinking ship, but an odd storyline choice and one of the most devastating events in United States history makes it a bumpy ride.

Spider-Man: 2002 - Movin' on Up! - JMS finally hits his stride as Aunt May makes a shocking discovery in one of the most important developments in Spider-history in years, and Paul Jenkins turns in a stunning Green Goblin story that fans are still talking about.

Spider-Man: 2003 - Healing Old Wounds - Marvel finally addresses two long-standing grievances, and there seems to be an awful lot of Doctor Octopus these days.

Spider-Man: 2004 - One for the Books - It was a heckuva year for Spidey fans. Many loved it. Many did not. An examination of what may be the most significant year in Spider-Man in at least a decade.

Spider-Man: Shush - A look at Mark Millar's run on Marvel Knights Spider-Man issues #1-12. So beyond all of the hype and expectations - how was it?

Ultimate Spider-Man: The First Year - The first year of the Ultimate Spider-Man title. Did it improve upon the telling of the classic tale? Was it worse? Does it add anything to the mythos at all?


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