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Review – Infinity Wars: Arachknight #1 (Marvel Comics)

Infinty Wars: Arachknight #1
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Summary

Writer: Dennis Hopeless

Pencils: Ale Garza 

Inks: Victor Olazaba

Colorist: Ruth Redmond

Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Maturity Rating: Teen

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Release: October 24, 2018

Peter juggles many personalities throughout his life since his traumatic childhood and everything’s about to come crashing down.

The Arachknight Rises in Infinity Wars: Arachknight #1

Infinity Wars: Arachknight #1 is another installment in Marvel’s Infinity “Warps” 2-part offshoot stories. They combine characters like Captain America and Doctor Strange or Black Panther and Ghostrider along with many others. Obviously, Arachknight #1 combines the lives of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and the Moon Knight. Peter Parker had a traumatic childhood when a goblin-like creature killed his aunt and uncle. He was spared from death by the spider totem and avenges the night as Arachknight!

Writing

Infinity Wars: Arachknight #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Humberto Ramos
Main cover by Humberto Ramos

So, originally Max Bemis was slotted to write Arachknight #1. He was the current writer of Moon Knight (no longer after issue #200) but the solicit was changed about a month ago to Dennis Hopeless. I am guessing that is why the story in this issue felt a little splintered or “off”.

The story feels too “jumpy,” as it never truly settles into what it wants to be. The ending or what is going to happen is very obvious so it was easy to lose interest early. Also, the whole spider totem/multiple personalities are never truly explained to make them make sense.

I usually enjoy Hopeless’s writing but Arachknight #1 felt like it was just going through the motions or never fully grasped what it could be. It also felt very rushed storywise. It only being two issues could be part of that, though the Doctor Strange and Captain America issue was very well done. I think the writing switch-up had a lot to do with this. The idea for the story never feels fully formed and we are kind of left with a basic setup that never really forms this Arachknight character.

Art

Alé Garza handles the penciling duty with Victor Olazaba on inks and Ruth Redmond on colors in Arachknight #1. The art reminds me a lot of early 2000s-era titles. It all feels very “digital” and almost a little flat. It’s not bad art; there is some good character detail in Arachknight’s costumes and movement throughout the pages. That is all good—it just feels a little bland.

The art really does not stand out in Arachknight #1. The is some detail but not a lot, and there is nothing that really jumps out at me. There is nothing that made the story more interesting or had me staring at the pages. The art style just does not seem to fit the story very well. It just feels a little off and not right.

Conclusion

I was looking forward to Infinity Wars: Arachknight #1, as I am a big Moon Knight fan. and the Soldier Supreme issue was excellent. Sadly this was just a very basic by-the-book story. I did like the framing of the Green Goblin as a werewolf-like creature; that was cool. Other than that, the story and art just felt very uninspired. Not that it was terrible—far from it. It’s just not anything special either.


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Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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