If you ever thought Peter Parker as Spider-Man was a bit loopy since he’s constantly making jokes, you might need to reevaluate thanks to this new “Infinity Warps” spinning out of Infinity Wars. Dennis Hopeless and Ale Garza smash together Moon Knight and Spider-Man in this new two-part origin story starting today.
So what’s it about?
Read our preview.
Why does this matter?
Aside from shedding a bit more light on events that directly affect Infinity Wars, this is amalgam is just bona fide 90s fun. These combo series are a fun way to see how the creators can twist two characters into one while also creating a brand new story that puts a spin on our favorite characters.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Fans of Peter Parker and his struggles with Green Goblin are going to have to check this out. In the opening pages, Hopeless reveals a world where Spider-Man’s origin begins with an attack from a werewolf-like Green Goblin. In this tragic moment, Peter loses family (in a somewhat similar way to Batman if you think about it) but is saved from death by a spider. As the story unfolds we learn how this spider changed Peter and how that changed the course of Peter Parker’s life going forward. One of the coolest elements of this issue is how Hopeless has created a new sort of relationship between Peter and Harry Osborn. It’s an ever so slight twist on things, but it’s fun.
The multiple personality disorder is in full effect here too which is further enriched by one of the personalities being a mad scientist. There’s also a clever twist on how some personalities may or may not have superpowers which further defines the character.
The art is by Ale Garza, with inks by Victor Olazaba and color by Ruth Redmond. The style is ever so slightly cartoony, but it still maintains a violent edge suited to the Moon Knight side of this warp. There’s a fantastic full-page montage of Peter’s transformation utilizing a spider as a framing device, shattered flesh, and some creepy looking eyes. A standout page to be sure. The costume is pretty cool–it has a ninja thing going on–though I don’t see Marvel Legends making a toy any time soon.
It can’t be perfect can it?
The cliffhanger doesn’t leave you in too much suspense, nor does the big twist in the narrative. The twist you’ll see coming a mile away seeing as a giant goblin attacks Peter and his family in the opening pages. The cliffhanger is also pretty predictable and leaves the hero nowhere near danger and the expectations of what happens next up in the air. I suspect there will be some stroke of conflict to push things forward, but as it stands it’s hard to say what that is at this point.
Is it good?
Fans of Peter Parker and his struggles with Green Goblin are going to have to check this out. It’s a fun twist on the character making him a bit crazier and a lot darker in an entertaining Elseworlds tale.
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