Comic of the Week: Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-ManJune 22, 2017
With great power comes great responsibility.
I am sure you have heard the line over and over again, in Spider-Man and throughout pop culture. It is very catchy and it can apply to just about anything beyond Spider-Man itself. Well beside the actual comic itself, this line can very aptly be applied to who actually is attached to take care of our favourite wall crawler. It can essentially damage a run of Spider-Man if the wrong writer/ artist team is working on Peter Parker’s latest adventure. It seems to take a certain understanding of the character to truly bring him to life and make him the enjoyable read that originally got me into comic books in the first place.
So when it came to my attention that Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert were teaming on a new Spider-Man series well, my spider-sense was immediately tingling. Zdarsky is a fantastic writer, and Kubert is one of Marvel’s best artists. This news got me down to my local comic book shop to make sure that I would have a copy come the release of the new series.
After reading I can safely say that Spider-Man is in extremely capable hands with the writing of Zdarsky. The wall crawler has not been this funny and witty in years, I personally loved Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man series, and Slott certainly gets the core of Peter Parker, but Zdarsky seems to just have taken it to another level. The wit and humour is not overdone to the point where it hurts the overall story. It is just sharp wit throughout that just brings out the best of Peter Parkers personality. For the most part of the last years I have enjoyed Spider-Man, and have always had his regular series as part of my pull list at my comic book store, but I can safely say that this is the first time I have just absolutely loved the way Parker has been handled since the 90s. There is enough story to give you enough of a clue as to where this run is heading, and has great cameos from other characters and you can really see how Parker is viewed in the greater Marvel landscape. Not only that but the initial opening of the comic nearly every Spider-Man comic has opened with a recap of his origin, this book is no different but with a pretty funny twist. I truly feel like this could be Spider-Man like we have not seen him in years, and I am excited as a fan.
The artwork much like the writing is absolutely on point. Kubert brings his ‘A’ game here. Masterfully using the page to include as much as possible, and giving great detail to the little things within the panel. Colour is big bright and flashy. The writing has an edgy wit about it, nothing dark its the big bright Spider-Man adventure you would expect and Kubert ensures that the artwork mirrors the writing.
Even if you are already invested in Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man series I would still say that you should definitely take a look at Spectacular Spider-Man. This is Parker at his finest. If you have not caught up with the wall crawler in years this would also be a great intro back into the world of bad guys who need a good thwipping.
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