I'm a big fan of Marvel comics compared to DC comics. The only DC comics I really like reading are good Batman and Superman stories. Yes I do also find the rest of the Justice League entertaining but only Batman and Superman really grab me. In the Marvel universe so many heroes grab me from Captain America, Hulk Wolverine and Iron Man to The Fantastic Four and the X-Men. I also love the villains from the Marvel universe more even though Batman and Superman have some truly twisted and evil psychotic adversaries. And who else swings through both targets that I love than Spiderman? Not only is he one of my favourite Marvel characters and one of the top three greatest superheroes after Superman and Batman he also has an impressive rogues gallery to boot.
This is a great selection of Spiderman stories that I believe someone only slightly acquainted with the canon could read and still understand. The plots are certainly open enough to invite a first timer to enter the world of Spiderman and they are also of a fairly high standard across the board. They are not of the highest standard for me to rate them five but they do provide the entertaining, hard-hitting storylines, great artwork and philosophical debate required of any great comic collection.
If you're looking for a fine collection of Spiderman stories I'd recommend this as a step in the right direction certainly. There are a few additions some purists might dislike vehemently but on the whole anyone looking for several hours of solid Spiderman stories would love this.