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Review – Spider-Verse #2 (Marvel Comics)

Spider-Verse #2 (Marvel Comics) cover (detail) by Dave Rapoza
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Spider-Verse #2

Writer: Ryan North
Penciler: Pere Perez
Inker: Jordi Tarragona
Colorist: Marte Gracia
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: T
Release Date: November 20th, 2019

Spider-Verse #2 brings Miles to a world inhabited by Spider-Ma’am and her allies. Their world may look idyllic, but it, too, faces concerns thanks to the spreading corruption.

 

The Rule of Infinite Multiverses in Spider-Verse #2

Spider-Verse #2 continues the quest that Miles has been thrown into—albeit slightly involuntarily. But when the Web needs a hero, it will find one. And this time around, it’s Spider-Ma’am and her allies that have been thrown into the mix.

Fans of Spider-Man have gotten pretty used to the whole concept behind the multiverse. After all, we’ve seen the various versions of Spider-Man join together for how many battles, now? Regardless, it’s still always interesting to see how the other Spider characters live day to day in their own universes.

Spider-Verse #2 (Marvel Comics) cover by Dave Rapoza
Spider-Verse #2 (Marvel Comics) cover by Dave Rapoza

There’s a corruption spreading through the Web of Life, and we all know that this can only end in disaster. Unless, of course, our heroes can step up and save the day. That’s how Miles ended up getting pulled into all of this—he’s been called upon to repair the damage being wrought.

Writing

Spider-Verse #2 was an interesting and fast-paced issue, on the whole. The corruption Miles is seeking out has taken root, in some worlds more firmly than others. But that makes sense when you think about it.

Ryan North wasn’t afraid to show us the charming or endearing side of Spider-Ma’am, or her familiar allies. It’s always fascinating to see this side of the many heroes out there, if for no other reason than to get to compare and contrast them.

As with any series that gives us the Web in danger, there’s going to be some antagonists running around and causing chaos. These guys were…interesting. They were, perhaps, not the strongest antagonists out there. But they did fit in nicely with the plot and themes at hand, so you’ve got to appreciate what Spider-Verse #2 was doing here.

Lastly, North successfully laid the groundwork for something else here. It may end up being connected to the corruption, or it could end up being a whole, entire new subplot. I’m not sure, just yet. But I’m more than a little bit curious to find out what will happen next.

Art

Spider-Verse #2 had some brilliant artwork, especially in regards to the antagonists. While they might not have been my favorites in regards to their behavior, I’ve got to admit that their design was a memorable one.

Unsurprisingly, this issue had a decent number of artists working together. Pere Perez provided the penciling, while Jordi Tarragona did the inking, and Marte Gracia did the coloring. Finally, VC’s Joe Sabino stepped in to provide the lettering. Together they came up with something memorable. The issue itself was vibrant and full of life. It showcased a calmer string of events, followed immediately by the chaos known to be thrust upon Marvel’s heroes. And it did so with little hesitation.

Conclusion

Spider-Verse #2 was an interesting follow-up to what was an impressive introduction to this miniseries. They’re clearly laying the groundwork for something else here, all while moving forward the plot of corruption. Pulling the concept of multiverses to the forefront was a good call, as it allowed for some open discussion amongst the main characters. That isn’t something you get to see every day and made the issue one worth checking out.


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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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