This is my first review for a comic book. Hopefully I will get better at this as the weeks go on, the more reviews I do, so please treat this piece as a test-writing.
Superior Spider-Man 32 & 33
Writer: Christos Gage & Dan Slott
Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli, John Dell, Adam Kubert
Colours: Antonio Fabela, Rain Beredo
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Released: August 6th, 2014
Edge of Spider-Verse 1
Writer: David Hein, Fabrice Sapolsky
Art: Richard Isanove
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Released: September 10th, 2014
Edge of Spider-Verse 2
Writer: Jason Latour
Art: Robbi Rodriguez
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Released: September 17th, 2014
Let it be known… I do not enjoy Spider-Man comic books, I do not like the character Peter Parker and the villains of Spider-Man are typically all street rat thugs that break out of jail and rob banks. The only time that I find Spider-Man enjoyable is when the story doesn’t involve Peter Parker the loud mouthed shit talker who brings justice to criminals, and when Spider-Man is in fact not Spider-Man at all. Superior Spider-Man or The Scarlet Spider are what I look for in a Spider-Man comic; all the power but none of the responsibility. Superior Spider-Man sully’s the Spider-Man’s good name by beating people senseless and murdering and doing Spider-Man’s job much better than Peter Parker ever could. Anything that defies Spider-Man/Peter Parker, I am game for.
Edge of Spider-Verse is a random yet fantastic series thus far, and they are only 4 issues deep (Edge of Spider-Verse 1-2 and Superior Spider-Man 32-33). With a high-concept storyline about Morlun, the man who threatens the lives of all multi-universe Spider-Man incarnations. We find out Morlun is not alone as you are introduced to Karn, a man with an old diver’s mask on his head and a laser pitchfork. Superior Spider-Man (Otto Octavius) stumbles upon dead alternate universe Spider-Mans all with the same wounds and realizes that someone is killing off all of the Spider-Verse. Quickly he goes universe hoping and starts to form a crew of living Spider-Mans to stand up against this threat whos power surpasses that of Spider-Man alone. Enough of the spoilers though. Edge of Spider-Verse begins in Superior Spider-Man #32 where Otto Octavius discovers that things are not going right. The way that Superior Spider-Man’s dialogue is written and spoken is great as he logically pieces together what is going on. The art and the action in this book is well done, lots of varying sets where the story takes place all very detailed and well drawn.
The Edge of Spider-Verse event continues in the self-titled issue #1 featuring Spider-Man Noir. This story focusing on Spider-Man Noir is excellent, lots of focus on this character and how he plays into this story. The art is dark and suits the mood of a sort of steampunk universe, the writing is solid and helps progress the story of Edge of Spider-Verse quite well by letting you in on a few hints and secrets about who is committing these murders. Superior Spider-Man #33 further explores Superior Spider-Man (Otto Octavius) and his role as a leader of his band of Spider-Man incarnations. You eventually learn that there are some Spider-Mans that are willing to do whatever it takes/kill to survive. I will mention that the art still stays great as it is a Superior Spider-Man issue and the art of the series has really held up to high standards. The writing is great and opens up doors for the Edge of Spider-Verse event as you see that in a land of Peter Parkers, there will be a few who see things differently such as Superior Spider-Man.
Edge of Spider-Verse #2 is the second issue in a series of 5 issues for this event which featured a universe where Gwen Stacey is the Spider-Man of her universe. This issue has a bright and captivating style about it with bright colours, sharp drawings and a pretty cool introduction, with origin story, that is sure to keep you interested in the character as her part in this story is unraveled. I would recommend these books to anyone who is interested in Spider-Man as a series and previously follows the Spider-Verse. If you are anything like me, Spider-Man being murdered is something I like to see and want to see more of. I have not been too impressed with Marvel comics recently after the Original Sin event (given it was a cool idea, I feel it was lacking something), but Edge of Spider-Verse may be something worth paying attention to. As much as I am against Spider-Man/Peter Parker, I am enjoying myself with this series and Superior Spider-Man at the helm of the story. I am excited to see how this series plays out in its future issues.
I give Edge of Spider-Verse thus far a 7 dead Spideys out of a potential 10, meaning I’d like to see more Spider-Mans dying, but with the art and story direction I’d say they are on the right track with this event.
~ Tyler Head