Spider-Verse #1 Review

Spider-Verse #1
Spider Clan Spider-Man
Writer:
Jake Parker
Art: Scottie Young 

Steampunk Lady Spider
Writer: Robbie Thompson
Art: Denis Medri

Child Spider-Girl
Writer: Katie Cook
Art: Katie Cook

Date Night Snack Spidey
Writer: Dan Slott
Art: Ty Templeton

Newspaper Spider-Man
Writer: Dan Slott
Art: Tom Grummett

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Released: November 12th, 2014

This is absolutely the book with the most credits. Spider-Verse #1 is a book that looks into all the potential earths that exist and their dimension’s versions Spider-Men, all illustrated and written by a collection of the industry’s best writers and illustrators. If you’ve been following the Spider-Verse series at all, this book is yet another book that explores the potential of other dimensional Spideys. The art is fantastic, and unique for each story as you experience the changes reading from story to story.

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The first story in the issue is about a young boy from a Spider Clan somewhere in Asia who loses his parents one day and lives in seclusion. His spider-senses tingle that sets him off against his greatest villain, Venom (who looks absolutely wicked). This is my favourite story in the book as it reminds me a lot of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” anime as well as flushes out a truly original take on the old Spider-Man lore. The art is done by Scottie Young who does fantastic work for Marvel with covers, prints and art for series’ such as Rocket Raccoon, and evidently a stunning piece of work in Spider-Verse.

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The second story is set in the 1800’s Victorian Britain. I was totally taken back by this story but it is yet an action filled story that drops a big rogues gallery bomb on the reader. A girl that calls herself Lady Spider when trouble is afoot, leaves a ritzy party to stop the steampunk version of The Shocker, which turns out to be a trap in which steampunk Sinister Six arrive and causes a load of trouble for Lady Spider. This story is both whimsical and highly entertaining, the action panels are packed with Lady Spider kicking serious booty and the reimagining of this world is quite detailed. Robbie Thompson and Denis Madri do fantastic work on this story with sharp art and solid writing.

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Katie Cook bakes a fresh Spider-story for us all in her cutesy take on Spider-Man, as she not only illustrates this story but writes the story as well. This story is about a “kawaii” grade school girl that one day gets bit by a spider, and she has low self-esteem and is really upset that she was given these powers that make her a “freak”, when she already has issues with fitting in. The story is cute, it’s a really cool take on the Spider-Verse and I think little girls who read this story as well as maybe kids with self-esteem issues, they might be able to take something away from this story. This was the least interesting story in my opinion, but I’m also not a 10 year old girl. I always like Katie Cook’s cartoon/anime style of drawing but the writing at best complimented the story.

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I am a big fan of Ty Templeton’s work as he does a modern style of comics art that is reminiscent to Jack Kirby’s 1960s art work (I am reading Batman 66′ meets Green Hornet in which Ty Templeton does the art in that series and the series is a great read so pick that up {Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman do a live podcast where you can follow the book as they read each issue in different pop culture voices.}.). The story, written by the true Spider-Verse Weaver Dan Slott, is a light humoured story set in a universe where Spidey is bringing flowers to Mary Jane but is confronted by Morlun. Morlun proceeds to devour Spider-Man and the whole page turns into an advertisement for Spidey-snacks. This story, despite it’s length, was hilarious yet effective and a good quick bit of fun.

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The last story in this issue is written again by Dan Slott and drawn by Tom Grummett in a newspaper comics black and white style as this universe is set in a dimension of the Spider-Verse where time moves only as fast as you read the panels. Peter Parker and Mary Jane (from the 60s?) are having a swell old picnic in which is gets crashed by Morlun who eventually realizes what sort of universe he stumbled into and rather than eating Parker, he just wants to escape this annoying dimension. It’s a fourth wall breaking moment and really is a good story to cap this issue of Spider-Verse #1.

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I have been enjoying the Spider-Verse event in a big bad way which I find surprising to myself as I have previously written about my problems with Spider-Man. Dan Slott has really been directing the Spider-Man universe in the right direction. I was reluctant to get into Amazing Spider-Man when the re-launch happened with issue #1 where Peter Parker was free from Doctor Octopus’ control and Peter got his old life as Spider-Man back, but Original Sin got me into the series at issue #4 and since then I’ve been hooked on Marvel’s new Spider-Man series. I highly recommend any readers of comics who can appreciate the Spider-Man lore to check out this book and follow the Spider-Verse event at large. I would rate this issue a sinister 6 out of 6.

~ Tyler Head

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