Review: Edge of Spider-Geddon #4

Science-Industrialist Norman Osborn’s life changed when a radioactive spider bit him. With young scientist Peter Parker working for his company, Norman became a very different Spider-Man and changed the world. Now, however, Norman’s son Harry is seen wearing a green armor suit and threatening everything Norman has built!

Edge of Spider-Geddon has been a series of one-shots introducing us to the various Spider-Men that will be at the center of Spider-Geddon. Up to this point, the issues have been top notch. I’ve wanted each to get their own series. This final issue is a bit of a miss.

Writer Aaron Kuder delivers a Spider-Man that’s a villain. Norman Osborn is Spider-Man in this world. He’s been twisted and warped. How? Why? We don’t really know. While we got a bit of a background on other Spider-Men, this one is an enigma. We get the conflict but not much of a set up. Due to that, it falls a bit flat.

Kuder is joined on art by Will Robson, inks by Craig Yueng and Robson, colors by Andres Mossa, and lettering by Cory Petit. Much like the story, the art is just ok. There’s nothing particularly bad about it but there’s also nothing too inspired. Where opportunities to do something visually interesting, simple solutions are taken. Designs aren’t pushed far enough. The limited amount of characters are forgettable and replaceable. Other issues have had some fantastic art with great detail, here, things just are there.

The issue seems like it’ll be a key one adding an x-factor into what comes next. But that’s its biggest issue. The creative team had some goals and just got there. There isn’t a lead up worthy of what should be a menacing Spider-Man. It’s overall a bit uninspired which is a shame as the subject has so much potential.

Story: Aaron Kuder Art: Aaron Kuder, Will Robson
Ink: Craig Yueng, Will Robson Color: Andres Mossa Letters: VC’s Cory Petit
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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