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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: 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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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Doomsday Clock #7 (DC Comics) – After a bit of a break, the DC event is back and we’re still intrigued as to where it’s all going as it moves into the latter half of its run.

Edge of Spider-Geddon #4 (Marvel) – Each issue so far in this lead up to the main event has been fantastic. All its done is made us wish that each of these characters had their own series! We expect no less from this one.

Extermination #3 (Marvel) – When it comes to the Mutants, Marvel and them seem to be their best when it involves crazy time travel stories. This one has been lots of action and shockers and this is another we have no idea where it’s all going.

Faith: Dreamside #1 (Valiant) – Faith is always a fun time and mixing her with the Dreamside? Yeah, we’re in for that.

Fantasmagoria #1 (Starburns Industries Press) – A horror comic that explors mythology specific to Mexico. That alone has us intrigued to check it all out.

Fearscape #1 (Vault Comics) – This one sounds a bit like a new take on the Sandman and that sort of storytelling. Vault has some fantastic releases so we’re excited to check this out and see what it’s all about.

Fence #10 (BOOM! Studios) – This series has been fantastic bringing the sports manga concept to the twist. BOOM! has been killing it when it comes to that and this one has been amazing with every issue.

Friendo #1 (Vault Comics) – A personal marketing VR has gone haywire. Again, Vault has been top notch when it comes to releases so we’re excited to check this one out.

Gamma #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – Pokémon meets Power Rangers… um ok. Sounds awesome to us!

Heroes in Crisis #1 (DC Comics) – There’s been a hell of a build up to this new event series that explores the trauma that superheroes experience.

High Heaven #1 (AHOY Comics) – AHOY’s first release was amazing and we’re expecting more of the same from this upstart publisher that wants to deliver more when it comes to comics.

Illegal (Sourcebooks) – A powerful graphic novel exploring immigration and undocumented immigrants.

Infinity Wars: Iron Hammer #1 (Marvel) – The first issue that mashed together Captain America and Thor was fun and this one with that’s Iron Man and Thor? We’re expecting lots of drinking… and more fun.

Justice League Odyssey #1 (DC Comics) – The space/tech Justice League… you have out attention.

Man-Eaters #1 (Image Comics) – Chelsea Cain… nuff said.

Scarlet #2 (Jinxworld/DC Comics) – The first issue was a great return for the character and series and we want to see if the second issue can continue to deliver.

Spider-Geddon #0 (Marvel) – The newest Spider-Man event is kicking off and Marvel has been rocking it with the Multiverse Spider-Man stuff. Plus, this issue marks the debut of the recent video game version of the character.

Star Trek vs. Transformers #1 (IDW Publishing) – The title really says it all.

Stranger Things #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – The popular television show comes to comics.

Transformers: Lost Light #24 (IDW Publishing) – IDW is wrapping up their current run on Transformers and we have no idea what’s coming next. We just know this series is wrapping up and bringing all the pieces of the puzzle together.

Preview: Edge of Spider-Geddon #4

Edge of Spider-Geddon #4

(W) Aaron Kuder (A/CA) Aaron Kuder
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• 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!

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

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Exclusive Preview: Edge of Spider-Geddon #3

Edge of Spider-Geddon #3

Story: Jason Latour
Art: Jorge Molina
Breakdowns: Tonci Zonjic
Finishes: Tonci Zonjic & Brahm Revel
Colors: Tonci Zonjic & Ian Herring
Letters: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Tonci Zonjic
Variant Cover: Cully Hamner & Ian Herring
Production Designer: Anthony Gambino
Assistant Editor: Kathleen Wisneski
Editor: Nick Lowe
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• 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!

Review: Edge of Spider-Geddon #2

After Gerard Way and Jake Wyatt created SP//dr back in Spider-Verse, she was one of the most requested heroes. With Spider-Geddon on the horizon, SP//dr is back. Edge of Spider-Geddon #2 brings you the next chapter in Peni Parker’s life and set the table for the Spider-Event of 2018!

Too short, that’s the problem with Edge of Spider-Geddon #2. Based on a story by Gerard Way, Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson craft what is a very entertaining re-introduction to Peni Parker. But, by the end, we’re given a bit too little. This is an issue that could have benefited from about 25-50% more pages to flesh out some concepts and scenes. But, that’s also a good thing in a way in that the character and concepts are really good too. While the comic feels a little rushed as far as story, things are set up so well that, much like the first issue of this miniseries, we want to see more of this character and world.

Peni Parker and her Spider mech suit is a familiar concept and with the young age of the character and some of the concepts within, it’s hard to not be reminded of Mech Cadet Yu by Grek Pak (this character originated that series). Pak has had a dozen issues to flesh out his ideas though and Nadler and Thompson do their best giving us more Peni and introducing us to this world’s Venom. There’s also Peni’s Uncle Ben and Aunt May to meet, as well as another twist on a villain, and you can see how so much is there, it’s hard to do it all justice. It’s still entertaining though and left us wanting more.

The art by Alberto Albuquerque with color by Tríona Farrell and lettering by Cory Petit is good. There’s of course mechs running around but there’s also a horror aspect to it all later in the issue. What’s shown, while not explained fully, has a bit of a scariness to it all. It’s a mix of the organic and mechanic in a way that is a bit of a flashback to Superman III (you know the scene we’re talking about). With some solid action and character designs, this is a series that feels like it’s made for the tween set, and succeeds in look and story.

More. That’s the gist of it. We want more. This is a great concept with interesting characters and too few pages to explore any of it enough. If an issue gets you to that point and leaves you wanting more instead of frustrated, that’s a good thing right?

Story: Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson, Gerard Way Art: Alberto Albuquerque
Ink: Alberto Albuquerque Color: Tríona Farrell Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

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Exclusive Preview: Edge of Spider-Geddon #2 (of 4)

Edge of Spider-Geddon #2 (of 4)

Story: Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson, Gerard Way
Art: Alberto Albuquerque
Ink: Alberto Albuquerque
Color: Triona Farrell
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Jake Wyatt
Variant Cover: Cully Hamner, Morry Hollowell
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 29, 2018
SRP: $3.99

After Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance, The Umbrella Academy) and Jake Wyatt created SP//dr back in SPIDER-VERSE, she was one of the most requested heroes. With Spider-Geddon on the horizon, SP//dr is back. Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler are joining the team to bring you the next chapter in Peni Parker’s life and set the table for the Spider-Event of 2018!

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

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Archie Meets Batman ’66 #2 (Archie Comics) – The two worlds collide in a fun adventure that really works in the first issue. We didn’t get a lot of Batman/Archie action but it looks like this issue will get us there.

Batman #53 (DC Comics) – This storyline has focused on Bruce Wayne on a jury to decide if Mr. Freeze is guilty after Batman pins him to a murder.

Crowded #1 (Image Comics) – In the future, it runs on an economy of job shares and apps and someone has targeted an individual who then hires the lowest-rated bodyguard to protect her.

Edge of Spider-Geddon #1 (Marvel) – Spider-Verse round 2 is what this sounds like as the multiverse’s Spider-people come together once again.

Extermination #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s big X event that has something to do with the original X-Men… we’re intrigued and hoping this is a return to the great events of the past.

Fence #9 (BOOM! Studios) – A comic about fencing!? Add in a little drama and this comic has quickly become one of our favorites. This is a great example of looking at what others are doing, in this case manga sports comics, and bringing it to Western audiences. Fantastic all around.

Hellicious #2 (Starburn Industries Press) – The first issue of this series was hillarious in a nice twisted way. Short take: little girl who’s a demon and likes to torture things. As we said, twisted.

Infinity Wars #2 (Marvel) – The lead up series left us wanting but the first issue of Marvel’s summer event really caught us off guard in a good way. We’re excited to see what happens next and honestly, we have no idea where this one is going.

Injustice vs. the Masters of the Universe #2 (DC Comics) – We expected a fun first issue but not one with so much depth and thought. Will the second issue be a repeat and continue to surprise? We’ll find out!

Pearl #1 (DC Comics/Jinxworld) – Brian Michael Bendis’ Jinxworld comics are now being published by DC and this new series he’s back with long time collaborator Michael Gaydos. We’re beyond excited.

Ruinworld #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue was adorable, fun, and funny, and we’re excited to read this second issue of this webcomic that has come to print!

Tongues #1 (Fantagraphics) – Anders Nilsen series taking place in the modern Middles East following the entwined stories of an imprisoned god, the eagle that is his jailor, an east African orphan on an errand of murder and a young American with a teddy bear on his back, lost in a trackless wilderness. Revenge, evolution, the fate of the world… and a talking chicken.

Terminator: Sector War #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – It’s been a while since we’ve had a new Terminator series and with a new film in production, we’re excited for what’s to come!
Undocumented (Abrams Comicarts) – The story of immigrant workers who come to the United States without papers. A timely graphic novel we’re excited to see humanize this reality.

Volition #1 (Aftershock Comics) – It’s the not too distant future where a race of robots has spawned but are second class citizens. They struggle for equal rights but a virus threatens all artifical life.

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