Review – Spider-Verse #3 (Marvel Comics)

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  • Art - 8/10
  • Overall - 7.5/10
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Spider-Verse #3

Writer: Jed MacKay
Artist: Dike Ruan
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: T
Release Date: December 11th, 2019

Spider-Verse #3 brings Miles Morales to Earth-14512, home of Peni Parker. He’s here to help out the Web of Life through saving the heroes around him. And that means he needs to stop the hunter from going after Peni.


An Old Enemy Strikes in Spider-Verse #3

And so, Miles’ slightly chaotic journey to save the Web of Life continues in Spider-Verse #3. This time around, Miles is meeting up with another ally of his. One that fans of the movies will certainly recognize—and probably squeal over.

Miles has been thrown from universe to universe, all in an attempt to save and balance a disturbance that puts the entirety of the Web of Life at risk. It’s been giving him a good chance to meet all of the Spider-variants out there. Some of them are new even to the fans.

Spider-Verse #3 (Marvel Comics) cover by Dave Rapoza
Spider-Verse #3 (Marvel Comics) cover by Dave Rapoza

Speaking of the fans, Spider-Verse has been doing something totally new and delightful. The end of each issue includes a bunch of fan-made Spider characters. And they have been adorable (or cool, depending). It’s just so much fun seeing the fans get recognized like that.


Spider-Verse #3 brings Miles Morales to Earth-14512. That just so happens to be the home planet/universe of Peni Parker. And yes, she is still fighting crime in the best ways possible. This issue gave us a chance to see a bit more of her world, including the allies and enemies revolving around her character.

Jed MacKay did an excellent job of writing a compelling single-issue plot in Spider-Verse #3. The villain was interesting, and a solid throwback to his original design. (Remember, we’re talking about a whole bunch of alternate universes here.) What’s perhaps more interesting were the subtle changes made to his character.

And then there are the allies of Peni Parker. They were, likewise, interesting, so much so that I would have loved to see a bit more about them (one in particular). But that’s how these one-shots go, right?

The plot for Spider-Verse #3 was fairly strong and fascinating. It gave Miles a chance to work with somebody new, like the rest of the series. But this issue had a shockingly forceful vibe to it. And it took the issue so much further.


Spider-Verse #3 is an issue full of dramatic fights and poses (lots of poses) as well as some truly vibrant artwork. Each and every character was given a chance to shine over the course of this issue. Even the villain.

Dike Ruan did an excellent job portraying danger, injuries, and movement, all in such a short span of time. The fight scenes felt alive and real and were in strong contrast to the scenes where communication and planning became key.

And then there are the colors. Ian Herring combined exceptionally bright colors with deep tones to bring us an issue full of eye-catching and memorable panels. These panels were vivacious and animated in a way I’d love to see in more comic series.

Finally, let’s talk about the lettering. VC’s Joe Sabino stepped up to provide the lettering for this issue. They used a variety of techniques to make the lettering as compelling as the artwork surrounding it.


Spider-Verse #3 was just one of those issues that will shock you with what it has to show. And it’s the details where it really gets you. It’s the sort of issue that’s making me really happy to see Miles diving back into the Spider-Verse.

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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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