I haven’t kept up with Spider Man much in the comics since the whole ONE MORE DAY story-line. I have dabbled in Superior Spider-Man a bit, mind you, but, overall, I haven’t been a big fan of the Spidey comics for a while. So, you understand that it was with much reluctance and trepidation that I picked up a copy of Amazing Spider-man #9. I had, of course, seen all the hubbub about the Spider-verse story-line and was intrigued to say the least. I mean, how could you not be drawn to it? All of your favorite Spider-men and a few women in one place! There were even some new incarnations that have sent the fan base into a frenzy demanding a new series (Gwen Stacy alternate reality Spider to name one). Did it live up to the hype? Was it enough to draw me back in?
The Amazing Spider-verse Comic!
First off, I must warn the fan base. This is not for younger viewers. I know it’s not totally mature content, but, come on, do you really want to explain to little Johnny why the bad guy is eating Spider-Man? I didn't think so.
That’s right. I said eating him. For the bad guys set up in this series are vampire types that feed on the spiders; thus the Spiderverse. They transverse the multiverse hunting the spiders. They seem virtually unstoppable in satisfying their unquenchable hunger for the spiders who happen to be ‘totems’, a bridge between the animal world and that of the humans. Morlun has also had a run in with the Black Panther who is a Panther Totem. So, the spiders just so happen to be their favorite totem because of their tastiness. This looks to be a vicious fight and I just think that some younger viewers wouldn't understand.
On the other hand, your hero doesn't get a chance to prove how good he really is until he can face off against an enemy that truly challenges him. Morlun and his family, the Inheritors, will be formidable indeed. And the dark nature of their ways and this story will only lend to the brilliance of Parker’s heart and the ‘amazingness’ of his powers. Morlun has a hate/hate relationship with the Parker of Earth 616 (our friendly neighborhood Spidey) and seemingly fears him and respects him. His brother, Daemos , feels this and has begun to push Morlun a bit by visiting Earth 616 to see what all of the fuss is about. This will, no doubt, lead to a run in between the two brothers. Oh, the DRAMA! But, back on task. These brutally evil creatures will give Parker the back drop to show us what he is really made of. We will see if he truly is ‘the greatest’ spider of them all.
Seeing so many spiders in one place kind of reminded me of the whole spider clone saga. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, count yourselves lucky and don’t Google it for it God’s sake. If you DO know what I’m talking about, this is NOTHING like that. Sure, there are a lot of different spiders from our past from different realities; some memorable and some just downright lame. But, in the light of the story line, all of them shine. All spiders, great and small, are being put to the test and it seems to bring the best out in even the lamest of characters. Even Spider-Ham fits well into the story. The movement of the story seems to be leading to the survival of a handful of these spiders. And these spiders will definitely be featured in comics to come. I wonder how this ties in to the whole ‘It all ends’ story that is coming in 2015? Could all of this be a build-up that leads to a clean slate? If so, you had better enjoy it while you can. At the very least, we should get a few issues of Silk and the Gwen Stacy spider or possibly get the Miles Morales in 616 that his fans have been clamoring for. And maybe, just maybe, one or all can survive the ‘END’.
Dan Slott is giving us his best here and the art work, done by Olivier Coipel who is known for his work on Thor and House of M, is exceptional and engaging. The story had me on the edge of my seat and left me wanting more. It’s so good to see Parker back out of his element! He works best and is more fun to watch when he is over his head. The faith the rest of the ‘Spiderverse’ has in the Peter Parker of Earth 616 leaves the man feeling the weight of a heavy responsibility. Sound familiar? But, no matter how it sounds, it’s not cheesy. Slott makes it work and believable and has set the stage for a great ride.
I haven’t sit down and read a Spider-man comic in a while. But I, for one, am sold. I’m in it for the long haul and hope we’re in for something epic.
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