Spider-Verse #1 (Review)
Story: Joe Mackay
Letters: VC’s Joe Sabino
Miles Morales finally feels like he GETS this Spider-Man stuff… and then falls through a portal! But isn’t the WEB OF LIFE & DESTINY destroyed? Maybe not, True Believer. But who spun this new web? Regardless, Miles finds himself at the center of a multiversal adventure that will feature a who’s who of creators and characters as the series spins forward!
Marvel finally caught up with the fan fervor that Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse created. This six issue mini delves into the multiple Spider-Men, Spider-Women, and Spider…Things that roam the various multiple dimensions of the universe. In issue one we get a quick peek at Spider-Punk, Spider-Monster, Lord Spider, and Spider-Zero as Miles Morales takes a journey through the multiverse.
While this issue is lite on story it is 100% fun. All the little glimpses of alternate dimensions and the various versions of Spider-Man that dwell within them are a hoot. (Yeah, I said hoot. Who are you to judge me?) Ultimately it comes down to Miles being summoned by Spider-Zero to assist in tracking down Spiderling and fixing something called the Web of Life and Destiny. This means a mini-series filled with more dimension hopping and cameos by alternate versions of the web head.
The visuals in this issue are handled by 11 different creators. Which breaks down to a different art style for each new reality. Thanks to the story line being set up to explain these visual changes to the reader by each new art style representing a new dimension, these artistic changes do not detract from the books appeal.
The creative team really takes the story to the artistic extremes. From the heavily packed and detailed style we see in the segment featuring Spider-Monster to the sparse classic anime style that features its own interpretation of Spidey. There is something here for everyone. While I might not be up-to-date on all the characters and their respective backstories I think that is part of the charm of a series like this. The more obscure characters will force fans to go out and learn more about who is who and where they fit into the Spider-Man universe.
All-in-all a fun comic worth a read.