Comic Book Review: Spider-Verse #1
One wouldn’t think Marvel would produce another Spider-Verse story so quickly after the original ended a few months back. After this issue you overlook this because this story is better written than you’d expect. There’s no extra tie-in stories to get the full picture of what’s happening and all the characters get enough panel time for readers to get an idea on who’s who.
One of the best things about Spider-Verse #1 is that it does feel like a sequel to the original Spider-Verse. Our heroes aren’t new version of Spider-Man, these are the same wall crawlers that starred in original story. It works well, since this group is made up of some fan favorites and it sets up the mystery of how they all got there in the first place. Mike Costa did a great job of getting readers interested in the story and keeping the characters distinct in voice. Heck some of the Spider-Gwen scenes actually felt like I was reading an issue of Spider-Gwen. The way some of the wall crawlers interact with each other was fun to see since you’d get a good laugh with the way they do things. I think Costa got it right by only having a small number of them be the main focus. Necessary knowing how many wall crawlers there are out there.
The setting for the domain known as Arachnia is interesting. There’s a lot of references that Spider-Man fans can easily identity where exactly the differences to the main marvel universe started. It works well to set what kind of power villains like Norman Osborn have in this domain and the small short story that Costa put in the end works well in why any of these characters would meet in the first place.
The art for Spider-Verse #1 left room for improvement. No offense to Andre Araujo, he does draw amazing fight scenes and does his best to make sure each character design is different that no one thinks that some of the characters are clones of each other. It’s just that there are times where portions of character’s faces are a little off on each panel and there are times that the designs are too simplified that it’s no longer appealing. Compared to the art in the short story by Steven Sanders with Jim Campbell on colors, Araujo might need to double-check on his work to make sure nothing is messed up in the next issue. The colors by Rachelle Rosenberg do set up the time of day and mood for the comic. It’s not brightly colorful, though it does set the tone that this is a spider-man comic. The colors for the characters as well stood out and I really have to applaud Rosenberg on her take of coloring Spider-Gwen.
Despite the flaws with the art Spider-Verse #1 is a good read. It fixes the few mistakes the original Spider-Verse had and gives it a good start that will have people who haven’t read the original interested to continue adding this to their pull. If you liked reading the original Spider-Verse story I’m certain you’re going to love Spider-Verse #1.