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Review – Spider-Verse #1 (Marvel Comics)

Spider-Verse #1 (Marvel Comics) variant cover art (detail) by Art Adams
Spider-Verse #1
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9.8/10
9.8/10
  • Writing - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • Art - 10/10
    10/10
  • Overall - 9.75/10
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Summary

Writer: Jed MacKay
Artists: Juan Frigeri (pgs 1-4 & 16-17), Stacey Lee (pgs 5-6), Arthur Adams (pgs 7-8), James Harren (pgs 9-10), Dike Ruan (pgs 11-12), Sheldon Vella (pgs 12-15)
Colorists: Carlos Lopez (pgs 1-4, 16-17 & 11-12), Stacey Lee (pgs 5-6), Federico Blee (pgs 7-8), Dave Stewart (pgs 9-10), Sheldon Vella (pgs 12-15)
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: T
Release Date: October 2nd, 2019

Spider-Verse #1 is the dramatic new beginning to a whole new series surrounding the Web of Life—and this time it’s up to Miles Morales to save the day.

 

The Web of Life Is Back in Spider-Verse #1

The Spider-Verse is back! And if the cover is anything to go by, only Miles Morales will be able to save the Web of Life in Spider-Verse #1. Spider-Verse is going to have to do a lot of explaining, given how the last Spider-oriented event went.

This series will be perfect for fans that have devotedly been following all of the Spider events, but it’ll also be a great starting point for new fans. Or, you know, for fans that got hooked after the animated movie. Spider-Verse #1 has a massive creative team behind the project, so you just know that it’s going to be full of memorable moments. Having read this issue, I can confirm that it holds up to the promises being made.

Writing

Spider-Verse #1 (Marvel Comics) cover art by Wendell Dalit
Spider-Verse #1 (Marvel Comics )cover art by Wendell Dalit

Spider-Verse #1 has what is quite possibly one of the best introductions to any major event—which is saying something. It’s dramatically-written and visually stunning (but more on the latter later). It’s one of those moments that’ll give fans goosebumps.

Jed MacKay has taken the helm for this new project, and he didn’t waste any time. This issue took off at a running start—quite literally at some points. There is still a lot that needs to be explained. But there’s little doubt in my mind that they’ll get around to all of that in due time. There were so many delightful hat-tips during this issue, references to moments and characters from all the previous events. In that sense, it was really full of feel-good moments. It also had a healthy dose of chaos and confusion, which was guaranteed to keep the readers going.

There are plenty of highlights in this issue. Perhaps my favorite is the way in which MacKay has set up for which characters will—and won’t—be included in this series of events. It’s established in a way that makes sense, while not hiding from the fact that characters are being left out.

Art

Remember that massive creative team I mentioned? Well, they all fit into the artist category for this issue. Spider-Verse #1 had a variety of art styles showcased within the pages. This resulted in a rather significant need for a good amount of artists.

Artists Juan Frigeri and Carlos Lopez are responsible for that outstanding introduction that I already mentioned. They also worked on several other pages. Taking over from there were artists Stacey Lee, Arthur Adams, James Harren, Dike Ruan, and Sheldon Vella.

Lee also provided the colors for their pages. Working alongside Lee for the colorists were Federico Blee, Dave Stewart, and Sheldon Vella. Every artist got a chance to let their style shine—and it all perfectly matched the universe they were assigned to. It was a unique and clever way of making the differences obvious.

Finally, VC’s Joe Sabino was in charge of the lettering for this issue. His work helped to unify the multiple different art styles into one cohesive piece of work.

Conclusion

Spider-Verse #1 was a dramatic and fantastic introduction to what will surely end up being a memorable series. This series had a lot to live up to, with the other events and movies fresh in many fans’ minds. Yet it’s already proving up to the task, and then some.

This series is going to end up being one to watch if the clever way of showing different Earths and Spider-characters is any indication. I’m sincerely looking forward to what reveals will be included in Spider-Verse #2.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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