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Review: Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #1

Spidey definitely has the jokes in the new series Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #1 from one of comics’ greatest comedy writers Chip Zdarsky, stellar and steady artist Adam Kubert, and colorist extraordinaire Jordie Bellaire. (It rhymes on purpose.) Instead of trying to tell some epic, interweaving crossover story or as a vehicle for his Batman fan fiction, Zdarsky and Kubert focus on the humorous and relational sides of Spider-Man. In this issue, he stops a mugger, basically goes on a date with Johnny Storm, sets up a date with a new character which he will probably miss, and there’s a soap opera ending. Sure, there might be one or two too many guest stars, but a little bit of comedy covers a multitude of gratuitous superhero cameos.

In its page layout, Spectacular Spider-Man #1 evokes the art of late 80s/early 90s “hot” artists Erik Larsen and Todd McFarlane, who tried to make every double page spread a poster you wanted to throw up on your bedroom wall unless you were one of those Goth kids that liked Sandman and Sandman alone. Except Adam Kubert is a hell of a storyteller, who kicks off the issue Manhattan style with an aerial shot of Spider-Man and his (boy)friend Human Torch eating shawarma on a New York rooftop after a frenetic opening page that both retells his origin and pokes fun at the incessant retellings of his origin in both comics and films. In his art style, Kubert strikes a balance between the cartoonish goofiness of, say, Erica Henderson and the strong superhero work of Andy Kubert. There’s punching, web swinging, and size changing when Ant-Man pops up, but Kubert leaves the page open for Zdarsky’s banter with bright pops of color from Bellaire, who is operating in happy superhero mode.

Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert spend most of the time with Spider-Man in costume because his weak Breaking Bad puns as Peter Parker either fall flat or work as excellent “your parents just spent a weekend binging Better Call Saul and didn’t answer any of your calls” jokes. Plus it sets up excellent sight gags like Spidey trying and failing to do a good cop/bad cop routine when he investigates a hacked phone in Chicago. (His costume is too damn bright.) Kubert brings the iconic splash pages while Zdarsky brings Spidey back to Earth with awkward phone conversations with Aunt May about the copyright friendly version of Tinder or freaking out about his powers when it was really just Ant-Man lending a helping hand.  Spider-Man is still about power and responsibility, but Zdarsky and Kubert show him struggling with his web fluid (This leads to so much dirty subtext if your mind’s in the gutter.) and freaking out whether to call or text back a standup comedian named Rebecca that he rescued earlier. Spidey is back to protecting ordinary people, being awkward and funny, and occasionally geeking out about science until Zdarsky pulls the proverbial rug out with a couple reveals in the last few pages.

And like a post-credits sting that stands alone as a complete narrative and adds a certain level of intrigue to the main plot, Chip Zdarsky, Goran Parlov, and Nathan Fairbarn cook up a one one one battle between Spider-Man and his fellow arachnid themed superhero, Black Widow. Zdarsky gives Spider-Man all the goofy, pleading dialogue he can handle while keeping Natasha silent and stoic until the final couple pages. She’s there to kick Spider-Man’s ass, and Parlov’s return into interior art is a true tour de force of action choreography. Spidey isn’t as good of a martial artist as Black Widow so he focuses on his speed, agility, and Spider sense as he dodges kicks that would incapacitate any ordinary person. However, his powerful figures aren’t lost under the speed lines, and you can see every move as the fight progresses. The backup makes you wish that Marvel would let Parlov draw an action-driven comic featuring any Marvel hero. Hell, he could even make Stilt-Man look badass.

If you want a Spider-Man comic that reminds you of flipping through comics with big, open layouts by John Romita Sr, Todd McFarlane, or Mark Bagley and still has a quirky, clever, and occasionally adult sense of humor, then Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #1 is the book for you. Chip Zdarsky is truly the king of comedy featuring iconic pop culture characters with his playful, sometimes encyclopedic, and joke-a-minute approach to the webslinger just like he did with Jughead for Archie.

Story: Chip Zdarsky Art: Adam Kubert Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Backup Art: Goran Parlov Backup Color: Nathan Fairbarn
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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It’s a new week. We were at Awesome Con and Heroes Con this past weekend and head to Salt City this coming weekend. While you await some con coverage, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Comichron – Comics orders rebound in five-week May; Secret Empire tops list, Liefeld has #1 graphic novel – For those that care about the horse race.

WKRN – Accused comic book thief arrested in Sumner County – Good.

Philly – Philly comic shop awarded $50000 to open more doors – Congrats!


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Dark Days: The Forge #1

Talking Comics – The Defenders #1

Herts Advertiser – Marvel Platinum: The Definitive Spider-Man Reloaded

Meniscuszine – Monstress Vol. 1

Meniscuszine – Paper Girls Vol. 1 & 2

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Newsarama – FBI Arrests Alleged Deadpool Pirate For Sharing Movie To 5 Million Views on Facebook – Busted!

Kotaku – The New Spider-Man Game Won’t Let You Kill Anybody – Just Uncle Ben? Too soon?

Newsarama – Jay Baruchel Becomes Chief Creative Officer & Co-Owner of Chapterhouse – Interesting. Very interesting.

The Beat – Is the Comicon circuit hitting a slowdown? A Veteran Vendor speaks – Ruh roh.


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Newsarama – Catalyst Prime: Accell #1

Newsarama – Dark Days: The Forge

CBR – Dark Days: The Forge

Newsarama – The Defenders #1

CBR – The Defenders #1

ComicMix – Fun

Comic Attack – Injustice 2 #3

Newsarama – Normandy Gold #1

Newsarama – Secret Empire #4

Talking Comics – Secret Empire #4

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It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Kotaku – What You Should Know About Mr. Negative, the Villain of Spider-Man’s Amazing New Video Game – If you don’t know who he is…

CBR – James Galton, Former Marvel CEO, Passes Away At 92 – Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

The Hollywood Reporter – Reginald Hudlin to Direct Valiant’s Supernatural Superhero Movie ‘Shadowman’ – Very interesting. Can’t wait to see the Valiant universe on screen.

ICv2 – Are Digital Comics in the Future for Steam? – An interesting idea.


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Comic Attack – Iron Fist #4

Newsarama – Normandy Gold #1

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone excited for? What will you be picking up? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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Kotaku – PS4’s Spider-Man Looks Like A Rush, Out In 2018 – Who’s getting this one?

The Beat – A month of free queer themed comics: No End is a queer-themed post apocalyptic saga – A good suggestion.

The Outhouse – TBS To Air ELeague Injustice 2 World Championship – Well ok then.


Around the Tubes Reviews

The Outhouse – Nova #7

ICv2 – The Royal Tutor Vol. 1

Talking Comics – The Unsound #1

Watch the Latest ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Trailer

Spider-Man: Homecoming is in theaters July 7.

X-Force Wolverine, Deadpool & Black Suit Spider-Man Get One:12 Collective Figures

Mezco Toyz and One:12 Collective are releasing three new Previews exclusive figures for their Marvel line of toys. Wolverine, Deadpool, and Spider-Man get three new versions that should be popular with fans.

X-Force Wolverine features 30 points of articulation, intricate sculpting, 2 heads, 8 interchangeable hands, his Muramasa blade katana and sheath, X-Force-themed display base, and a display post!

X-Force Deadpool features over 30 points of articulation, hand painted detailing, and a multitude of extra accessories. Fans can customize Deadpool with multiple head portraits, interchangeable hands, and arm him with some of his signature weapons.

Black Suit Spider-Man features over 30 points of articulation and includes an exclusive black outfit with intricate silk-screened details, 6 interchangeable hands and assorted weblines including a posable line to recreate your favorite scenes.



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Marvel Has True Believers Swinging into Action with Spider-Man Comics this June and July

With great power, comes great responsibility. And with a buck, comes some of the greatest Spidey stories ever told! This summer, take a spin through your friendly neighborhood with a line of Spider-Man themed True Believers comics! Celebrate the legacy of everyone’s favorite wallcrawling, webslinging wonder with specially priced introductory issues, available only at your local comic shops!

Reproducing some of the most iconic Spider-Man stories of all time at the suggested retail price of $1, True Believers are the perfect way for readers new and old to get caught up in Peter Parker’s web!

This July – your window into Spider-Man costs only a buck! Whether it’s your first time reading these memorable tales or your hundredth – you won’t want to miss one moment of the webslinging action! Be there this July when these exciting True Believers issues come to comic shops on 6/28 and 7/5!

Reprinting Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #1
FOC – 06/05/17, On-Sale – 06/28/17


Reprinting Spider-Man (2016) #1
FOC – 06/05/17, On-Sale – 06/28/17


Reprinting Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #1
FOC – 06/05/17, On-Sale – 06/28/17


Reprinting Spider-Man (1990) #1

FOC – 06/12/17, On-Sale – 07/05/17


Reprinting Material From Amazing Fantasy (1962) #15 and Spidey (2015) #6
FOC – 06/12/17, On-Sale – 07/05/17


Reprinting Material From Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #546
FOC – 06/12/17, On-Sale – 07/05/17

Preview: Spider-Man #16

Spider-Man #16

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Sara Pichelli (CA) Patrick Brown
Rated T
In Shops: May 03, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Spider-Man needs a win. After an insane universe-jumping crossover with SPIDER-GWEN and his tumultuous home life, Miles needs an honest-to-god Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Adventure. He’s got his sights set on the unfinished business with Black Cat! We never said Miles makes the best choices.

X-Men Trading Card Variants this July

You read that right! Yes, X-Men Trading Cards. As a team comprised of some of the most fan-favorite mutants ever assembled join forces in the pages of July’s Astonishing X-Men #1, Marvel is bringing the fanfare and returning to one of the most iconic pieces of X-Men history by one of its most famed artists! To celebrate the launch of this must-read new series, Marvel’s Merry Mutants take your comic shop by storm throughout the month of July for a series of nearly thirty X-Men Trading Card Variants by legendary artist Jim Lee!

Remastered and recolored from the original trading cards, relive this iconic era of the Children of the Atom with a series of eye-popping covers. Originally penciled by legendary X-Men artist Jim Lee with inker Scott Williams, colorists such as Jesus Aburtov, Israel Silva & Chris Sotomayor apply modern coloring techniques to these classic masterpieces!

Look for these can’t-miss X-Men Trading Card Variants on your favorite Marvel titles, coming exclusively to comic shops throughout the month of July:

  1. ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #22 (Archangel)
  2. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #30 (Bishop)
  3. AVENGERS #9 (Mystique)
  4. BLACK PANTHER #16 (Storm)
  5. CABLE #3 (Cable)
  7. CHAMPIONS #10 (Cyclops)
  8. DAREDEVIL #23 (Domino)
  9. DEADPOOL #33 (Deadpool)
  10. DEFENDERS #3 (Shadow King)
  11. DOCTOR STRANGE #23 (Mr. Sinister)
  12. GENERATION X #4 (Jubilee)
  13. GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #18 (White Queen)
  14. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9 (Colossus)
  15. IRON FIST #5 (Sabretooth)
  16. JEAN GREY #4 (Dark Phoenix)
  17. MIGHTY THOR #21 (Sentinel)
  18. MS. MARVEL #20 (Lady Deathstrike)
  19. OLD MAN LOGAN #26 (Professor X)
  21. THE PUNISHER #14 (Forge)
  22. ROYALS #5 (Magneto)
  23. SPIDER-MAN #18 (Shadowcat)
  24. THANOS #9 (Strong Guy)
  25. UNCANNY AVENGERS #25 (Rogue)
  26. VENOM #152 (Polaris)
  27. WEAPON X #5 (Warpath)
  28. X-MEN BLUE #7 (Jean Grey)
  29. X-MEN GOLD #7 (Mojo)
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