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'Spider-Man: India' #1 is a great intro to a new version of Spidey
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‘Spider-Man: India’ #1 is a great intro to a new version of Spidey

Don’t pass up on this fun twist on Spider-Man that totally deserves an ongoing series.

It’s a great time to be a Spider-Man India fan thanks to the new comics series by Nikesh Shukla and Abhishek Malsuni, but also the major character introduced in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. The character in the major motion picture was great, but how does the new miniseries stack up?

Spider-Man: India #1 is a refreshing comic that leans into the culture and uniqueness of the characters. The first issue acts as a good lead-in for casual readers who may not know the character well, throwing them into a battle that involves Miles Morales and Peter Parker. All three are facing a powered-up version of Mysterio, which explains why Spider-Man India is in the 616 universe at all.

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From there, Shukla dives right into a fun conversation between the three Spider-Men. Getting a snack after their battle, it’s nice to see them connect. We also clearly understand Spider-Man India’s heroic mantra and how it differs from Peter’s. We learn it’s about self-service to the community, an idea that plays a significant role in the story’s main villain, introduced later in the issue.

After the invigorating start, the story zips back to Earth-50101, where we get introduced to Pavitr’s aunt, friend, and rival. These scenes reveal the villain wants to eradicate the slums–a part of the city Spider-Man protects–and he has to go through Pavitr. He seems to accomplish this goal.

Spider-Man: India #1

Mysterio gets an upgrade.
Credit: Marvel

This villain ends up going full monster once we reach the cliffhanger. It’s a nice twist on a villain, but he gets one over Pavitr a little too conveniently. Given that Pavitr has a Spider-Sense, it’s disappointing to see how he’s trapped, revealing a plot device to move things along. It’s also a pretty heavy sequence, with Pavitr getting injected with something, chained up, and tested with sciencey stuff.

If you’re a fan of alternate takes on villains, this issue has the gloriously fun Mysterio to start and another villain that’s a slight variation on a classic Spider-Man villain. Malsuni does a great job rendering both, keeping the action fun. Malsuni’s street-clothed character drawings are top-notch and a real strength of the issue.

Fans unfamiliar with this version of Spider-Man are in for a treat. The creative team is firing on all cylinders capturing his uniqueness, leading us into his world with a good introduction, and setting up a new villain that’s a fun twist on a classic—a well-written issue from cover to cover. Don’t pass up on this fun twist on Spider-Man that totally deserves an ongoing series.

'Spider-Man: India' #1 is a great intro to a new version of Spidey
‘Spider-Man: India’ #1 is a great intro to a new version of Spidey
Spider-Man: India #1
Fans unfamiliar with this version of Spider-Man are in for a treat. The creative team is firing on all cylinders capturing his uniqueness, leading us into his world with a good introduction, and setting up a new villain that's a fun twist on a classic—a well-written issue from cover to cover. Don't pass up on this fun twist on Spider-Man that totally deserves an ongoing series.
Reader Rating1 Votes
8.6
Great introduction to the character and his world
Sets up the big bad well
Good art from superhero fighting to characters in street clothes
Spider-Man's Spider-Sense seem to break conveniently
8.5
Great
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