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Is It Good? Spider-Verse #2 Review

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Is It Good? Spider-Verse #2 Review

Spider-Gwen’s in Battleworld, face-to-face with none other than Norman Osborn.

Also, she’s standing at the foot of Spider-Ham’s hospital bed, where apparently he’s been serving as the ahem… guinea pig for Osborn’s experiments. How will things play out? Is it good?

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Spider-Verse #2 (Marvel Comics)


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Ever thought you’d see Spider-Gwen absconding with Spider-Ham from a twentieth-story window while Norman Osborn himself looked on with incredulity? And then watch Osborn wave his goons off even when they said they had a clear shot at sniping her out of the air?

Even if you did — did you think you’d enjoy it nearly this much?

Give writer Mike Costa credit: he’s taken what could have been a routine Spider-Character outing and put enough spin on his narrative curveball to both keep us guessing and thoroughly entertain. Notwithstanding though, this is a fun Spider-Man story that actually feels like a Spider-Man story, despite the clashing demeanors of the Spider-Crew.

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Another reason to give Costa props: he’s infused the Spider-Crew with very disparate and fully fleshed out personalities in a very small amount of time. I loved the contrast between the more traditional, ethical superhero Spideys (Spider-Gwen, UK Spider-Man and Yogi Spider-Man) and Noir. You can tell Costa is having a lot of fun using Noir for inner-monologue and Raymond Chandler-esque barbs and it shines during Noir’s conversations and his inner scrutiny of the fight sequences.

Andre Araujo once again lends his cartoonish style to Spider-Verse and it works. As Dave said in his review of Spider-Verse #1, all the characters are “bendy and filled with energy,” which imparts a strong stylistic flair to the action sequences — like watching a well-constructed animated series taking place. Besides, one of the main characters in this issue is Spider-Ham, the talking porcine version of Spider-Man. You need a little bit of appreciation for cartoonish flair if this is going to work for you at all.

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My only gripe with Araujo’s art comes later in the issue, when Carnage and Tombstone appear. Araujo’s Carnage is lumpy-looking, stiff and insectile. He resembles more an enormous red ant-creature with an exoskeleton, thorax and petioles included, than an amorphous, alien sludge parasite bonded with a serial killer. It’s not a terrible look — it just pales in comparison to the symbiote having a gooey, fluidic, constantly swirling look that complements the character’s unpredictable nature and perpetual ominousness. Like Mark Bagley’s Carnage for instance.

Also, tell me that Araujo didn’t use Freddie Mercury as a reference for his Kraven the Hunter on the book’s last page. The resemblance is just too damn uncanny.

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Bad-ass.

Is It Good?

Another fun issue of Spider-Verse that shows Spider-Gwen isn’t the only Web-Warrior that can carry the lion’s share of the title. Costa delivers on a fun story with seeds of mystery, action, and clever humor and Araujo satisfies on art.

Worth a buy for all Spider-fans and certainly worth a look for those on the fence looking to jump in.

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