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Everyone loved Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, so quite frankly I’m shocked it took this long for a Spider-Verse comic to hit the stands. It’s here, it’s loud, it’s proud, and Miles Morales is the protagonist. Need I say more?
So what’s it about?
Read the preview.
Why does this matter?
The Web of Life and Destiny was destroyed in the last big Spider-event, so it makes logical sense there’d be another series to bring it back. Considering life continued on, one has to imagine it’s impossible to destroy such a thing, which is why this series exists!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
If you’re a fan of all the alternate Spider-Man characters, you’re probably going to love this. Miles is the star of course, but there are many familiar Spider-Man characters that pop up. Even more excitingly, there are a few new Spider-Man themed heroes too, one of which may be my new favorite from a monster universe.
Jed MacKay writes this issue and keeps things interesting, which is easy since Miles is zipped from one dimension to another. By the end you’re fully aware of what the adventure entails and where we go from here. We’re essentially going on a rollercoaster ride through dimensions that have their own unique Spider-Person and it’s a fun ride as we rebuild the Spider-Verse.
Art duties in this issue are shared by 10 artists and the switch from one to another makes sense given Miles is transported into another dimension. Things get extra crazy when Miles enters a manga-inspired world that’s black and white, and Arthur Adams gets to draw one of my favorite Spider-Person scenes in the book. All-in all the varied artists help establish the varying types of Spider-Man characters.
The book also ends with a few #spidersonas, introducing new Spider-Person characters. Each comes with a mini bio and some fabulous art rendering the heroes in vivid ways.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
Aside from the premise being rather basic, one thing involving a character telling Miles that she needs Spider-Man threw me off. Miles retorts, “But why me? Why not the real–I mean, why not Peter?” which seems to be way off from the entire purpose of the film. The inspiring notion that we all can be Spider-Man is lost in this one bit of dialogue and it also seems odd that at this point in Miles’ tenure as a hero, he is still doubting his worthiness of the mantle of Spider-Man.
Is it good?
I liked this book, but I’m also a Spider-Man fanatic so it’s very much a book made for me. If you love the concept of many Spider-People and their various designs and personalities being explored, you’ll love this. This is the epitome of Spider-Man fun in all shapes and sizes.
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