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Spider-Verse #4

Writer: Taran Killam
Artist: Juan Gedeon
Colorist: Brian Reber
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: T
Release Date: January 29th, 2020

Spider-Verse #4 is a chaotic and fun issue, giving Miles a chance to work alongside Webslinger, the Wild West variant of the Spidersonas.

 

Spider-Man Meets the Old West in Spider-Verse #4

Spider-Verse #4 continues throwing Miles Morales on his quest to save the Web of Life. So far, we’ve seen Miles jump from universe to universe, helping out the other Spidersonas out there in an attempt to find balance.

This time around? Miles Morales is about to find himself in the Wild West, of all places, and it’s going to be a bit of a bumpy ride. This issue also has a few other highlights worth talking about. For example, the writer of this issue is Taran Killam. That’s right. He’s making his Marvel debut here, and he clearly had a bit of fun along the way.

Spider-Verse #4 (Marvel Comics) cover by Dave Rapoza
Spider-Verse #4 (Marvel Comics) cover by Dave Rapoza

Another fun fact about this series in general? They’ve been encouraging the fans to help out. Each and every issue of this series has concluded with a very special showcase. You see, they’ve been including fan-made Spidersona variants, and it is the most amazing thing ever.

Writing

This may be Taran Killam’s Marvel debut, but you wouldn’t necessarily know that just by looking at it. He picked up the tale of Miles Morales and threw him straight at the Webslinger (from a Wild West variant) with little to no hesitation. And it looks like he had a bit of fun in the process.

Spider-Verse #4 was a highly entertaining read, full of the quirks we’ve come to expect from our Spider-oriented heroes. Webslinger (and his horse) had a chance to really shine here. And it made for a lot of fun.

Honestly, there was a lot to enjoy about this issue. There’s the obvious, of course. Webslinger was fun to read about. But this issue also gave Miles a moment as well, showing off his sass and heritage in interesting ways.

Out of all the issues so far, this story probably felt the most complete, from beginning to end. It could have easily stood up as a standalone, all while having a bit of fun in the process. Though I am still curious to see what the longer game will be, in regards to Miles’ plan here. There are only two issues left to resolve this plot arc, after all.

Art

The artists behind Spider-Verse #4 really nailed that Wild West look, and they, too, had a bit of fun with it. There are some scenes that make their amusement very clear—but I won’t spoil those for you.

The variants on classic characters and scenery were all nicely done, with Webslinger, in particular, looking fantastic. His aesthetic is pretty cool, all things considered. And all credit goes to Juan Gedeon (artist), Brian Reber (colorist), and VC’s Joe Sabino (letterer) for their portrayal of him and his world.

The desert setting was an obvious, but shockingly great, choice this time around. It lent towards a unique color palette and merging that with Miles’ look (specifically his darker suit) must have been difficult. But it certainly paid off.

Conclusion

Spider-Verse #4 was another fun adventure, with Miles doing his best to lend aid to all of the others just like him. He’s done a surprisingly good job at adapting to each situation as it changes, even though he doesn’t appear to have any advance warning of what he’s about to get into. That’s just proof that Miles is one adaptable kid.

Spider-Verse is the perfect series to pick up for any fans out there lamenting the long wait for the next movie in the series (or the next major event in the comics, for that matter). Any chance to see the other Spider characters sounds like a good time in my book.


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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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