Review: The Spider #16


It’s now a fight to see who can make the biggest play. The Spider has had his back against the wall since the Red Hand decided to personally turn him into a villain on the run. Heroics are met with destruction to those he tries to protect and he aims to make sure there;’s no way for The Spider to come back from this defeat. What makes this a must read is that The Spider isn’t the kind of hero to go down without a fight. He surely isn’t now and that’s when things get interesting for us to see how far he will go to turn things around.

Layout 1Again The Spider’s back is against the wall in the situation that he’s found himself in. For characters such as himself that is when they are at their most dangerous. In this issue we see him show his tactical prowess as he sets up a carefully orchestrated scheme to take out two birds with one stone. Of course that is easier said than done as David Liss makes it clear that you can never expect everything to go according to plan in this story. This is the same Wentworth who had wealth, a network of people to aid him, and unlimited resources, yet he’s lost all of this having to make do with what he has which isn’t much. With that said, you do like how well his dialogue is written which gives you a sense of how confident he is in his capability to take on Red Hand. That is a good quality that David Liss allows him to express instead of faltering under pressure.

What this issue emphasizes on most is the fact that Red Hand is a smart man. He’s a man with a plan which makes him more dangerous than the other foes The Spider has faced. He knows The Spider and he knows what he’s capable of to know how to approach him. What draws you into this kind of story is that it’s never about jumping into the next fight, David Liss takes advantage of the skillset of the characters  in play to create a conflict that requires both sides to think. They both made a point that they can intimidate, but at this point that isn’t enough for either one to be able to stamp out the other for good.

Nothing has changed visually as Ivan Rodriguez continues to impress with the vibrancy he brings to this story. His detailed use of inking and luscious coloring that is well accompanied by lights and shadows brings this to life as you see The Spider jumping into action.

It’s take no prisoners for The Spider as he makes sure the guilty suffer. What is so great about this book is that The Spider isn’t the kind of hero to give you mercy or a slap on the wrist. He is one who comes up with a permanent solution and even if that makes this a more mature story for it, so be it when it’s not like other stories out there that fall to the cliche of letting the wicked walk the streets to do the same thing twice. David Liss doesn’t pull any punches here and it works in The Spider’s favor in this situation. The Spider is a book you want to pick up right now if you want something that packs a punch.

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Bottom Line

If you want a hero that won't give his enemies a slap on the wrist, The Spider is your hero as action is always guaranteed to keep you drawn in.

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