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Review – Spider-Verse #5 (Marvel Comics)

Spider-Verse #5 (Marvel Comics) cover (detail) by Dave Rapoza
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Spider-Verse #5

Writer: Christos Gage
Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: T
Release Date: February 5th, 2020

Spider-Verse #5 brings back a fan favorite—all while continuing Miles’ quest to save the Web of Life. That’s right! Spider-Man Noir is back, as is a brand new antagonist from his world.

 

The Return of Noir in Spider-Verse #5

Miles Morales’ quest to repair the Web of Life continues in Spider-Verse #5. This time around, his quest brings some immediate results—and some fantastic news. A fan-favorite spidersona is back once again, and his story is one we’re going to want to hear.

Spider-Man Noir had sacrificed his life during a previous encounter—a moment that haunted Miles to this day. Yet, there are ways for beloved characters to come back, a fact we all know well at this point. Given Noir’s appearance in the latest round of movies, his reappearance is not that surprising—but I’m not going to complain.

Writing

Spider-Verse #5 (Marvel Comics) cover by Dave Rapoza
Spider-Verse #5 (Marvel Comics) cover by Dave Rapoza

Spider-Verse #5 was a great addition to this journey. Not only because it brought back a brilliant Spider-Man alternate (though there is that), but because it is a direct connection to the previous conflicts involving the Web of Life and all of the Spider-characters. More than that, this story gave us a chance to see Spider-Man Noir again and gave Miles a chance to verbalize the conflict and guilt he had been carrying with him. All of that made for a surprisingly powerful read—one that seemed to come out of left field.

Christos Gage took up the writing for the fifth issue in this miniseries, and they did a brilliant job weaving (pun intended) so many different elements together. Spider-Man Noir’s reappearance not only fit—it made complete sense. As did the reason for his continued survival.

The choice of antagonists was an interesting one. But it’s also a shockingly well-suited fit. Once again we’re introduced to a new variant villain, and she’s not somebody I’d want to mess with. Honestly, I would have loved to see more of her battles against Spider-Man Noir, had the series focused on them for a longer period of time.

The whole issue was an intense and captivating read, one that is admittedly enhanced by that Noir vibe. Okay, Spider-Man Noir’s proclivity for amazing lines didn’t hurt things either. Those moments were pretty epic, all things considered.

Art

Spider-Verse #5 took full advantage of that Spider-Man Noir vibe, providing us with striking artwork. The significant absence of color allowed for some limited, yet creative, use of what there was—a pop of color here and there. It all intentionally draws our eyes to the most important features.

This whole aesthetic is actually pretty amazing. I’m not the only fan out there that would happily read a whole series about Spider-Man Noir. Especially if he keeps looking and talking like that. Juan Ferreyra was the lead artist for this issue, providing both the lines and the colors. This honestly might be my favorite issue of the series (okay, second favorite, that first one was amazing) as far as the artwork is concerned.

VC’s Joe Sabino was the artist in charge of lettering, and it’ll be no surprise to hear that he did a fantastic job, as always. He balanced the thematics of this issue with the practical nature of his craft, and the end result is perfect.

Conclusion

Spider-Verse #5 was an intense and highly entertaining read. It may have once again brought back a hero from the dead, but given the end results, I’m more than okay with that. By all appearances, Miles’ quest to save the Web of Life is nearly complete. And I, for one, and looking forward to seeing how it’ll all get wrapped up.


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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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