Spider-Man

Spider-Man #1

by Alan Rapp on September 25, 2019

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Spider-Man #1 comic reviewNobody told me there was a sudden scarcity of Spider-Men in Marvel Comics? Oh, there’s not? Then why do we need a new one? And that’s the real question at the heart of Spider-Man #1, isn’t it.

Not wanting to be lost in the flood of Spider-Man and friends books already on the shelves every week, writers J.J. Abrams and Henry Abrams attempt to go for something shocking. Honestly, it left me cold in much the way Duke was killed off in the new G.I. JOE #1 for no other reason than to garner attention and make a splash.

Here it’s Mary Jane who dies leaving an ill-equipped Peter Parker to raise their son who (after jumping several years in the future) discovers his father passed down more to him than just and old camera.

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Ghost-Spider #1

by Alan Rapp on August 29, 2019

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Ghost-Spider #1 comic reviewWhile not quite as quick-witted as the final issues of Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider, the new series centered around Spider-Gwen leaving her own dimension to come to college and fight crime in New York gets a solid opening. If the first issue is any indication, it looks like the comic will split time between Gwen exploring her new home and events back in her dimension (which may eventually effect her new life).

Spider-Man guest-stars here playing the older brother, helping Gwen get into college, and offering a friendly shoulder when she needs it. However, unlike his appearance in the final issue of the previous series (where the comic had fun with his life being nearly as screwed up as Gwen’s) here Peter is a bit more in control and recast in more mentor than friend. (And the giant rat, while funny, is no swarm of Nazi dinosaur bees.)

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The Superior Spider-Man #9

by Alan Rapp on July 31, 2019

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The Superior Spider-Man #9 comic reviewEveryone loves their local Spider-Man. However, earning the praise of the people, and even the key to the city, isn’t enough to satisfy our hero. Before launching into the next arc, The Superior Spider-Man #9 features Otto struggling with the recent loses during The War of the Realms and the limitations even a “superior” Spider-Man must accept.

Featuring an appearance by Spider-Man, whose job in recent years has morphed into playing a den mother to the various other spider heroes across the Marvel Universe, the former adversaries bicker and talk through Otto’s pain. While the interlude doesn’t fix his problem, it does allow Peter Parker to offer his stamp of approval for the life Otto has set himself up with on the West Coast.

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Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #10

by Alan Rapp on July 16, 2019

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Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #10 comic reviewSpider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider comes to a close with its tenth and final issue (but don’t fret, true believers, our girl will be back in the all-new Ghost-Spider series). Issue #10 brings us back around to the trouble of Gwen‘s malfunctioning powers. In need of help, she dimensionally jumps to find one of the smartest people she knows.

There’s much to enjoy here including Gwen’s inner monologues, the dialogue between Spider-Gwen and Spider-Man, and the completely unexpected appearance of a C-list Spidey villain Swarm. (You know, the Nazi scientist turned into a swarm of bees that wraps itself around a skeleton? Of course you do!) What’s more difficult than dealing with Swarm? How about a Nazi Dinosaur Swarm!

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Spider-Man: Far From Home

by Alan Rapp on July 1, 2019

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  • Title: Spider-Man: Far From Home
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Spider-Man: Far From Home movie reviewFollowing the events of Avengers: Endgame, a movie you will definitely want to see before sitting down for this one, Spider-Man: Far From Home centers around Peter Parker (Tom Holland) struggling to fill the void left by Earth’s mightiest heroes while also trying to enjoy his high school class trip to Europe.

There’s quite a bit screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers (both who also helped write Spider-Man: Homecoming) get right. One of the oldest Spidey tropes is Peter Parker being crushed by the responsibility thrust upon him at such a young age. The loss of Iron Man, and expectations for him to grow into “the next Iron Man,” are overwhelming for the teenage super-hero just wanting to protect the neighborhood and find time to admit his feelings to the girl he likes (Zendaya).

The script offers a new threat in elemental monsters from a parallel Earth and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), a hero who has tracked them here. When Peter’s summer trip is hijacked by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) he has no choice but to help Mysterio fight the threat as he struggles with his destiny.

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