Rating: 4/5- Mixing Great Characters with a Solid Setup for this Event.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Gilad Levin.
Yes, you heard correctly, ANOTHER big Marvel event. Original Sin isn’t even over yet and the next earth-shattering, Spider-Man-Killing event is here, and I have to admit, since I have not been enjoying the other Marvel events lately, I wasn’t that exited for this one. Boy was I wrong! I was pleasantly surprised by this first issue; a being is traveling throughout the Multiverse, trying to kill all the Spider-Men. Now it’s up to the Doc Ock Spider-Man to recruit many different versions of Spider-Man to fight him. In this first issue, it’s Spider-Man Noir.
The storytelling was fluid and the book was an easy read, David Hine and Fabrice Sapolsky, the writers, seems to really know what they’re doing. If you’re new to this alternate noir earth, you’re given enough information about the characters to understand what’s going on; if you already know the world, the story does not disappoint. The artist, Richard Isanove, does a good job as well, although I would have liked to see the world a little darker than the way it was shown here. The lack of background detail on a lot of panels was annoying, but that’s just nitpicking.
There are several reasons I liked this book. First of all, it featured one of my favorite alternate versions of Spider-Man, the noir version. Second, it gave the right amount of story and plot development mixed with the right amount of setup. I enjoyed going into depth on Earth 90214, instead of having the whole book just be Superior Spider-Man traveling between dimensions recruiting Spider-Men. I worked for me as a standalone story, but also as the first issue of an event, as the conflict is shown and the main players are introduced. I’m on board and look forward to the next issue.
Reviewed by: Gilad Levin
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