This book contains the first five issues of the series, which holds three individual Spider-Man team-up stories written by Zeb Wells. Each story is a perfect example of what a good Spider-Man story is. The stories cover many elements ranging from action packed, to adventure filled, to sad and reminiscent, and finally to funny and witty, but the catalyst for these instant classic Spidey is the heroes he teams up with. Spider-man's interaction with his fellow Avengers is truly what makes this book great. The first (Issues #1-3)is the Red Hulk team up story, with Joe Madureira on the art, which is where the book truly excels. The story is a classic example of heroic spidey, saving the day with his wit, even when strength fails. The second story (issue #4) has Greg Land doing pencils, and while it is a shame that Joe Mad isn't working on this issue (Although he is set to return later in the series), the art is decent enough. This story is one of my favorite Spider-Man stories ever, because it features my favorite Avenger: Hawkeye, and in this issue it's Hawkeye who steals the stage. This story gives an awesome insight in to the humanity of "a dude with a bow" in the world of larger than life super heroes. The issue is a little dull in the action department, but gives the reader an awesome look at what makes these heroes tick. The third, and final story (issue #5) has Leinil Francis Yu on pencils, which is STILL not Joe Mad, but I consider it to be a step up from issue #4, though none of the art in this book is by any means bad. The guest star in this issue is by far the most famous yet: Captain America. This story is, in a way, a continuation of the second story, and shares the same villains. And similar to the second story this issue focuses more on the characters of Spider-Man and Captain America, and explores their life (and thoughts on that life) before becoming super heroes, there's definitely a bit of compare and contrast there. The final story is dedicated to the memory of comic book legend Joe Simon, creator of Captain America and explores the relationship between the Captain and Webhead perfectly.
While this series may not be every fan's cup of tea, and those who prefer extreme action, shock value, and epic battles may walk away disappointed, fans with a more emotional attachment to these characters (specifically Spider-Man) will absolutely walk away satisfied with these stories. The reason Spider-Man is so popular is because his fans can relate to him. This book is far more in tune with that principle than The Amazing and Ultimate Spider-Man series at the moment. The only real complaint I have is that Joe Mad isn't doing ALL the art, because this guy is AWESOME, but the art for the second two stories aren't bad at all, and there's even some variant covers in the back of the book to be ogled.