Review: Edge of Spider-Geddon #3

Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider, and it causes his Uncle Ben no end of troubles. Until, that is, Ben gets shot in a mugging and Peter’s blood donation turns Ben into a Spider-Hero, too! There’s a new dynamic duo in town, and the story doesn’t go where you think it will!

Edge of Spider-Geddon has delivered a series of one-shots introducing us (really re-introducing us) to various Spider-Men around the multiverse. Each issue so far has left me wanting more from these characters. Each has been fun and entertaining in their own way.

Edge of Spider-Geddon #3 delivers the emotional punch of the miniseries.

Writer Jason Latour explores the relationship between father and son and the limited time we have together in this issue which seems to take place both before and after the upcoming Spider-Geddon. Clearly devastated, Ben spends the issue recounting his origin to a friendly bartender who is there to lend a sympathetic ear. What builds is the hint at tragedy as the emotion pours off the page. Ben is dealing with loss and we can only imagine the worse and may very well experience it in the upcoming event.

That’s the brilliance of this issue. Not only is there an tragic emotional arc through it all there’s also now dread for the upcoming event as we may have to experience Ben’s loss for ourselves. It’s that issue that has me expecting more from the event it leads up to and also preparing for a gut punch now.

The art by Jorge Molina with breakdown and finishing assists from others is solid. Much of the comic is of quieter moments and the art reflects the melancholy that Latour has put together. The colors by Tonic Zonjic are few and I guess flat is the best way to describe it? There’s a clear, simple palate choice here and combined with Molina’s art, it creates a style that fits the mood.

The entire miniseries has been top notch so far and this issue again leaves me wanting more of these characters. It’s a touching comic which may leave you an emotional wreck by issue’s end.

Story: Jason Latour Art: Jorge Molina
Breakdowns: Tonci Zonjic Finishes: Tonci Zonjic & Brahm Revel
Colors: Tonci Zonjic & Ian Herring Letters: VC’s Cory Petit
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review