Various writers provide stories about the wall-crawler’s dealings with the criminal underworld such as with Hammerhead and the Punisher (there is also a moving tribute story to Iraqi/Afghan war veterans), and you know what? They are solid stories! Not the best things I’ve ever read, but good tales that don’t involve Spider-Man fighting Firelord or gaining the power cosmic or wearing some retarded armor suit. It can be done. This, the Ultimate series, and the cartoon Spectacular Spider-Man all prove it.