With all the controversy and arguing over OMD and BND, I thought it would be nice to step back and take a breath--and by that, I mean reminisce about our 10 favorite Spidey stories! Just a warning: this thread may, and probably will, contain spoilers for various past Spider-Man stories. Read at your own discretion! With that in said, I'll start things off. Feel free to join in with your own picks! 10) The Death of Jean DeWolff Ranging from Spectacular Spider-Man #107-110, the "Death of Jean DeWolff" arc is one of the best murder mysteries in comics. A very gripping and mature tale in which a popular member of Spidey's supporting cast (guess who) is killed off in a very nontraditional manner. The story focuses around a vengeful Spider-Man, the justice-seeking Daredevil, and the zealous psychopathic Sin-Eater. The plot takes several twists and turns to try and uncover the killer's identity while the Sin-Eater continues his killing spree. One of the most haunting moments is when the Sin-Eater fires his shotgun at Spidey, who instinctively jumps out of the way...allowing the shell to hit and kill an innocent bystander. As the Sin-Eater's victims continue to pile up, so does Spider-Man's guilt, leading to dramatic finale when he nearly beats the man--just an ordinary criminal--to death, only to be stopped by Daredevil before he lands the fatal punch. Normally I don't care for hero cameos in Spider-Man books, mostly because they come off as marketing ploys--inserting random heroes just for the hell of it. But this is one cameo that actually makes sense. Peter David gives Daredevil a very smart role, the Rachel Dawes to Spider-Man's Bruce Wayne (for those of you have seen Batman Begins). At no point does DD steal the spotlight, he only adds to the story. And just as Spider-Man lost a friend to the Sin-Eater, the Daredevil has just as much reason to feel guilty as he too lost a friend to the killer because of his inability to act. All in all, this is one of the best Spider-Man stories ever written. Peter David takes a smart plot and significant cast of characters, and writes them to a more than satisfying conclusion. PAD would later return to this arc with the "Return of the Sin-Eater" arc, which is a worthy follow up and explores Peter's feelings over what he did to the Sin-Eater. But as good as that story is, it's this one--the Death of Jean DeWolff--that truly stands on its own. 9) Spider-Man: The Final Adventure This four-part miniseries is something that, I'm willing to bet, most people haven't read, much less heard of--and probably for good reason. This story was being rendered obsolete as it was being written, due to Marvel having no set direction in writing the Clone Saga. Anyway, Spider-Man: The Final Adventure continues off from a story in the Clone Saga where Peter came to the realization that he needed to settle down with his new family, giving the Spider-Man duties to his clone Ben Reilly (who was then thought to be the original Peter Parker). So while Ben becomes the new Spider-Man, Peter and a very pregnant MJ move to Portland and start a new life. There, Peter gets a job with the research company GAIRD, which years ago had held a scientific exhibit that inadvertently produced a radioactive spider... Peter joins GAIRD because he wants to get a better understanding of his physiology and become better prepared for when his child is born, in the case that little May suddenly grows eight limbs one day. While studying his own DNA, one of Peter's colleagues is secretly testing on a serial killer named River Verys. Verys is suffering from a flesh eating disease, which GAIRD has so far failed at curing. Out of curiosity, Peter decides to see if a sample of his blood could be the missing ingredient to the cure; it is, but Peter chooses not to talk about it as he wouldn't know how to explain how he created it. While Peter goes home to MJ, his very desperate colleague stumbles across Peter's sample and injects it into Verys, expecting it to work. Rather than cure Verys' dead skin, it mutates him into the monstrous Tendril, who kills the scientist and then goes on a rampage throughout Portland. Peter's sense of guilt and responsibility forces him into putting on the spandex one more time--much to MJ's chagrin--in order to defeat a monster he inadvertently created. It's hard to sum up why I like this story so much, but it's mostly because this is the perfect end to the Peter Parker character. I won't give away the ending (though it doesn't matter, as we all know Peter returns to NYC and resumes being Spider-Man when Ben Reilly dies), but the last few pages in issue #4 form the perfect conclusion to the life of Peter Parker. It's a shame Marvel reversed its position on the clone situation and really killed this story before it was even finished, as this miniseries was the best note for Peter and MJ to go out on. But for those of you pissed off about OMD and BND, I strongly advise reading this story (you can get it off Donald Thomas' site) for a great and proper conclusion to the Peter/MJ relationship and the Peter Parker character himself. To be continued...this was exhausting, heh. Feel free to post your favorite stories.