Just about a month ago, I had the pleasure of taking a close look at the first issue of Spectacular Spider-Man, a new run from Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert. It was of no great surprise that the combination of Zdarsky and Kubert were perfectly suited to take on Spider-Man and bring out the best of his personality, and convey his place in the super hero world. Zdarsky left us all on a cliffhanger as to the fact that Peter Parker has a sister, and why Peter was at the home of Riri Williams, aka Ironheart.
Well the next entry is on the rack, and I have had the chance to take a close look at the second issue, does it keep the momentum from the first issue going, or does it suffer a drop off in quality. Zdarsky set us all up on such a high point with the first issue how could he keep the ball rolling with the second issue. Well, thankfully the second issue picks right up where the first let off and gives us the answers we are looking for as to Peter’s “sister”, but at the same time pushes the plot forward by introducing Project Twilight and how it could possibly affect heroes everywhere. The second issue focuses quite a bit more on plot and building with where they are going than action, which is not a bad thing at all. I would rather have a quality story than mindless fighting for the sake of including action.
I said it with the first issue and I will say it again Chip Zdarsky is an absolute perfect choice to write Spider-Man. His stories so far have moved at a good clip without dropping a beat, and he injects so much personality and humour into Peter, and the story that it just makes reading this book so much better. Zdarsky makes relevant references to current pop culture, and even makes tongue in cheek inside jokes relating to other ongoing Marvel storylines (I am looking at you Secret Empire). Overall the writing of the run so far, and yes I know it is only two issues, but it has been pitch perfect. Having Zdarsky writing for Spectacular and then having Dan Slott writing Amazing Spider-Man is making this a great time to be a Spider-fan. This could truly be a renaissance for Spider-Man, having him entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and then on top of that having two solid choices to read waiting for fans on the shelf of their local comic book shop.
Along with the writing being on point, the artwork comes provided by Adam Kubert who is a stellar artist and has a impressive resume of books he has provided the artwork. Spectacular Spider-Man is no different as he brings his best and uses as much of the page as possible and crams it with detail.
I would certainly recommend picking up the Spectacular series, as this story pushes forward I am hopeful that it can only get better from here as at the end of the issue a very large classic Spider-Man villain is revealed, so I am excited to see where they go with that particular plot point.
Until next week!
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