DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK.
DO NOT PICK IT UP.
NO NO NO.
Go immediately to Amazon
, Barnes & Noble
, or Indiebound
and purchase the original graphic novel.
The original graphic novel is a seminal Spider-Man story. It's a seminal comic book story. It's a terrific story, period, regardless of your reading tastes.
It's brilliantly written by J.M. DeMatteis, who is one of the best comic book writers - or any kind of writers - out there. It's a terrific examination of what makes a hero. What makes a villain. What is the line between them - if the line even exists. It's psychologically deep and dark and not a little twisted. It will make you gasp and angry and not a little sad, but ultimately hopeful.
It's also a love story. Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson are newlyweds. They are supposed to start their new life together, finally.
And it is stolen from them.
Peter must fight to get back to Mary Jane. Mary Jane must fight to find her husband, to stay strong even though she is alone at the one time she could reasonably expect to be half of a happy couple. Love - and the damage caused by lack of love - drives the narrative.
This book shits on the original, perfect story. It removes the marriage, because Marvel is currently run by immature misogynist douche bros who troll readers in place of telling new, original stories. And removing the marriage - crapping on the one story that many said proves that the marriage works and is perfectly in character for Spider-Man/Peter Parker - that's the only reason for the novel to exist. The original story truly is perfect as it is and doesn't need to be "prose-ified" at all. This novel is completely unnecessary and a total waste of trees and/or bytes.
So stay away from this senseless revisionist dung. Far away.
Go read the graphic novel.
You'll be so happy you did.