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Review: Edge of Spider-Geddon #1

Spider-Punk is back and better than ever. After Spider-Verse, Hobie Brown was a Web Warrior, but that didn’t mean things back in his universe were solved. The writer of the Spider-Punk story in Spider-Verse is back and joined by Venom‘s Gerardo Sandoval! Spider-Punk’s Earth is under attack both on the ground and from space, meaning his responsibility seems to outweigh his power.

“Spider-Geddon” is coming and Edge of Spider-Geddon #1 kicks off that event with the first issue of a series of one-shots introducing us to some of the key Spider-Man (men? mens? people?) from across the multiverse. Writer Jed MacKay takes us to Earth-138 where a punk sensibility runs through the heroes and they rage against corporate scum, in this case Kang to Conglomerator.

The story is full of action and utterly hilarious. From start to finish I had a big smile on my face as we’re introduced to the Captain America and Hulk of this Earth and by the end… I wanted more! More! More! More! There’s something about this issue that feels perfect for today with a wink and nod making fun of the punk ethos as well as the corporate control it rages against. It has no issue making fun of Marvel itself and the commercialization, and exploitation of creators, that has taken off to uncharted territory in the past decade. It’s both a middle finger and a wink. And it’s just funny and fun.

The art by Sandoval, with color by Brian Reber, is excellent with an energy about it all that leaps off the page. There’s great character designs, attention to detail, and framing of sequences. The lettering by Cory Petit stands out with the small details added to Kang’s army as they spout trademarked phrases.

This is an issue where the details add up together into a package that’s near perfect. I enjoyed Spider-Verse but there’s an energy about this issue that has me beyond excited for its event sequel. Hopefully we get more of this and hopefully we get to revisit Earth-138 sooner than later.

Story: Jed MacKay Art: Gerardo Sandoval
Color: Brian Reber Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review