Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Adam Kubert
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Letters: VC’s Travis Lanham
Review by Pete
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man focus’s, so far is on Spider-Man and Peter Parker’s interactions with people. He is spends less time punching bad guys and more time having entertaining conversation. Johnny Storm is Peter’s best friend and occasional tormentor. Ant-Man, Falcon and Ironheart make appearances. The Black Widow is in the back-up story of the first issue, a story that has ramifications for the first story arc.
There are also a couple of new characters introduced in Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man. There is stand-up comedian Rachel London, who might be a new love interest for Spidey. Hophni Mason, who creates and repairs weapons for super-heroes. He is the polar opposite of his brother, the Terrible Tinkerer. Peter Parker’s (kinda sister) Theresa, from the graphic novel, Spider-Man: Family Business is back as well.
Chip Zdarsky, co-creator of Sex Criminals does a good job of balancing the various people he has introduced into Parker’s life. The date that Spider-Man (not Peter Parker) goes on with Rachel London is priceless. The sub-plots of over reach by S.H.I.E.L.D. (say it isn’t so) and an eventual conflict with Kingpin are engaging. Johnny Storm is the perfect foil for both of Parker’s identities.
Art for Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man is crafted by Adam Kubert, who has drawn almost every character under the sun, including Doc Savage. Since he is inking his own art in this book, his work is much tighter and refined. I’m always impressed with how artist can convey Spider-Man’s emotion through a mask that completely covers his face.
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man colors are by Jordie Bellaire. She has worked on over 800 comics including The Massive, Moon Knight and Magneto. Terrific work from her. I particularly like Rachel’s hair, something I hope Ms. Bellaire has some fun with in the future. VC’s Travis Lanham handles the lettering with his usual high levels of performance.
Why you should buy this book? It’s Spider-Man. The dialogue and banter is witty. The characters recognize both the severity and the absurdity of their situations. The artwork is very strong and I am interested in the possible directions Spidey’s relationship with Rachel London might take. I’m sticking around, at least for the first story arc to unfold. Do yourself a favor, take the time to reread the graphic novel, Spider-Man: Family Business before you leap on the Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man band wagon.
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