Spider-man #1

8.6 Overall Score
Art: 9/10
Dialogue: 8/10
Story: 9/10

A whole new adventure with a whole new hero - and new powers!

Not being the Spider-Man we know and love could hurt the new guy.

Spider-Man #1
(A) Sara Pichelli, (W) Brian Michael Bendis
Marvel Comics
2016

Miles Morales has been doing the super hero thing for a while, now, but after SECRET WARS, he’ll be a full-fledged member of the Marvel Universe. Swinging next to The Invincible Iron Man, The Mighty Thor and the All-New Captain America as a card-carrying member of the Avengers is an adventure, but it’s not all fun and games for New York City’s main Spider-MAN! What happened in the eight month gap? It all starts in SPIDER-MAN #1!

Some people may not like it when any hero hands off the mantle, so to speak, but I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to see someone new in a familiar role. Miles Morales may not be Peter Parker, but this isn’t Peter’s story. And best of all, Peter is still around! This isn’t just a money-grabbing reboot, this isn’t some alternate world where nothing really matters to the “real” story. This is all new Spider-Man! And we get all new stories to go with that, what fan wouldn’t be excited by that?

And the art is really outstanding. I talk about being used to Marvel’s high standards all the time, but some of the titles continue to stand far about the rest. Spider-Man really blows me away with how detailed every little thing is, without coming across as forced, or detailed just to look detailed. Yes, the backgrounds are full of action and detail, but they never take away from the main action. They set an amazing stage for our heroes to act out the story on, and walking that fine line is a special thing. It’s one thing when everything stands out as amazing, but when what would stand out normally, just kind of fades into the background and hangs out there, while the main attraction shines? Wow.

And Miles is not Peter, and that’s the best thing that could have happened to this book. I don’t know this Spider-Man AT ALL. He’s similar, sure, but he’s also very different. And he does things differently. And he is bad ass! When someone sees Ironman and Thor lying broken on the battlefield, then rushes in anyway, then KICKS ASS, he’s a special kind of super. All that, and best of all Peter is still around, too!

This is already one the most talked about titles in Marvel’s line up, and some of the reasons for that are just silly. There is plenty to talk about here – and most of it is really, truly exciting. If you’ve ever read Spider-Man, pick this up. If you’ve ever enjoyed a Spidey cartoon, pick this up. If you’ve ever been excited for one of the movies, pick this up. This is an all new, all exciting Spider-Man, and it’s done the right way. This could change a beloved title forever. If you care about that at all, don’t miss it.

 

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