Review: Dark Web #1

Dark Web #1

Due to my middling thoughts on the latest issue of The Amazing Spider-Man which leads into Dark Web #1, I went into this event kick-off issue with some trepidation. The event sees Ben Reilly and Madelyne Pryor teaming up to seek their revenge against Spider-Man and the X-Men. The two see themselves as rejects and others, both clones. Reilly is the clone of Peter Parker and Pryor that of Jean Grey. Up to this point, Reilly has been abused, thinking his memories stolen, he sees himself as abused. Pryor, resurrected again, is ruling over Limbo as the Goblin Queen. Each see themselves as screwed over.

Written by Zeb Wells, Dark Web #1 i a stronger opening for the event as it gets the ball rolling on multiple fronts. While the motivation is presented here and there, it’s more the opening moves of Reilly, aka Chasm, and Pryor, aka the Goblin Queen, that are interesting. Not only do they recruit a new ally with major ramifications, they also go on the offensive.

What’s really fun about Dark Web #1 is how it perfectly fits the holiday season. There’s a bit of Halloween and a bit of Christmas, making the comic a fun bridge between our real world calendar. While it’s a sort of follow up to the classic story Inferno (mention briefly), the knowledge needed about that event is minimal. Instead, Dark Web #1 lays out much of what new readers will need to know and delivers far more than enough for those that have been following up to this point.

The art by Adam Kubert is great. With color by Frank Martin and lettering by Joe Caramagna, the visuals perfectly blend the “holidays” of the issue and story. What I particularly like about the visuals of the comic is the tinge of “horror holiday” it has about it. It feels like a Christmas story that goes off the rails and with how it’s depicted, it evokes some classics like Gremlins. It’s just twisted enough not going too deep in one pond or the other. The slow build up visually is excellent eventually delivering some scares as Chasm and the Goblin Queen’s plans get going. And further, the team does a great job of adding in the superhero aspects. With the scares and ice skating, we get a nice fight as well as a final full page that’ll have fans drooling with what’s to come.

Dark Web #1 is a solid start. While I was interested in the event, I’m now excited to see where it all goes with some unexpected directions and a nice focus on horror, the holidays, and the characters themselves. It packs a lot in and does an impressive job of balancing things. Even if you haven’t been keeping up, this issue will get you what you need and get you pumped for what’s to come.

Story: Zeb Wells Art: Adam Kubert
Color: Frank Martin Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

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