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Review: Edge of Spider-Geddon

Spider-Geddon is coming but before that event get to know Spider-people from around the multiverse in this trade paperback collecting the four issue series and Superior Octopus #1.

Edge of Spider-Geddon is by Jed McKay, Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson, Gerard Way, Jason Latour, Aaron Kuder, Christos Gage, Gerardo Sandoval, Alberto Alburquerque, Tonci Zonjic, Will Robson, Mike Hawthorne, Mark Bagley, Brahm Revel, Craig Yeung, Wade Von Grawbadger, Brian Reber, Triona Farrell, Ian Herring, Andres Mossa, Jordie Bellaire, and Dono Sanchez-Almara.

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Review: Spider-Force #1

The deadliest mission in all of Spider-Geddon has come up and Kaine has stepped forward for what he’s sure will be a suicide mission. But he can’t do it alone and Jessica Drew, A.K.A. Spider-Woman has signed on to help, but has Kaine told her the whole truth? With Ashley Barton, from the Old Man Logan universe, and two new characters (Astro-Spider and Spider-Kid), Kaine’s team is complete and their first mission may be their last!

You know those movies that drop you into the action and when things look really bad they rewind to show you how things went sideways and who everyone is? That’s Spider-Force #1 in a nutshell. Writer Priest has delivered a blockbuster action issue full of excitement, humor, and action.

Spider-Geddon has a benefit that Spider-Verse had as well. The bad guys are pretty clear, the multiverse is involved, and it’s focused on the Spider-Man universe. That keeps things clear and limited but at the same time unlimited when it comes to adding characters. What Priest, like other creators in this toolbox has done, is give us new characters that twist the Peter Parker we know and clash with the Spider-heroes we already have. The first issue delivers Spider-Kid whose personality clashes a bit with the rest. Add in the already abrasive Kaine and then the rather professional and conservative Jessica Drew and you’ve got an interesting mix with just that. And Priest plays that up, especially Ashley Barton and Spider-Kid’s interactions. Those personalities playing off of each other is part of the fun and it’s clear Priest knows that.

What’s also solid is that while this is part of the bigger storyline, I can read just it and enjoy it. It’s an “in addition to” so far instead of a must read allowing it to play in the pond and do its own thing.

The art from Paulo Siqueira, ink by Oren Junior and Craig Yueng, color by Guru e-FX, and lettering by Joe Sabino is fantastic. There’s an energy to the visuals that matches Priest’s style. Though this is a spin-off from an event, the visuals don’t fall into the “B team” trap so many comics like it do. It feels like a main event story visually and the worlds we’re jettisoned off to are interesting with some solid designs for the new characters.

Great dialogue, solid action, cool story, Spider-Force #1 is another win for the Spider-Geddon event.

Story: Priest Art: Paulo Siqueira
Ink: Oren Junior, Craig Yueng Color: Guru e-FX Lettering: VC’s Joe Sabino
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.65 Recommendation: Buy

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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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