The GeeksverseThe Spider #1

The Spider #1
Published on Saturday, March 19, 2011 by

Published by: Moonstone
Written by: Spider: Martin Powell; Operator 5: Gary Phillips
Illustrated by: Spider: Pablo Marcos; Operator 5: Roberto Castro
Colors by: Jay Piscopo
Letters by: Josh Aitken
Cover Art: A- Dan Brereton; B- Doug Pagacz
Editor: Lori G

This had a different feel from most comics out there. There was an old-timey style and tone to it. It has a noirish feel and definately a pulp style. There are two stories in this issue, The Spider and Operator 5.

The Spider is a Batman-type hero but with some supernatural tones to him. He puts on the mask and he gets a different voice and seems to grow vampire fangs. And he uses guns. The story is very creepy. There’s a supernatural noirish style, even if there is no evidence of true supernatural occurences.

Powell makes the story feel like a radio show. Thats the impression I got. It’s quick, not just short in pages but in reading. But overall it was enjoyable. There’s not enough to really latch onto characterwise with the Spider. It’s a nice adventure. I do like that Nina Van Sloan is not your typical damsel-in-distress. She can hold her own.

Marcos’ art is wonderful. He captures the feel of the story, giving it an old time style and infusing it with the creepiness. The detail in the head of the doctor and the legs of his daughter are great. You can really see and feel what the legs are made out of.

Operator 5 is a good little story as well. Apparently Operator 5 is a secret agent of some kind. He infiltrates a white supremicist group on orders from someone unknown. The job doesn’t go as planned setting up the cliffhanger.

Phillips paces this story perfectly. We see the Nordic Cross members attacking some Jews. Operator 5 is among them, before we know who he is, we think he’s just another member of the Nordic Cross. Phillips does good with having O5 do what he needs to in order to fit in, but once we learn his identity we can look back and see he was pulling punches and helping the victims.

Castro’s art is very noirish, more so then Marcos in the first tale. He captures the feel and details of the time perfectly well giving the story it’s own style.

The colorist, Piscopo, needs some mention. He uses a very different pallette. It’s similar in both stories. It’s heavy on a reddish/pink but only in certain scenes. The people have flesh tones, but the rest of the art is almost gray toned. It’s different and it works for these stories.

The Spider #1 receives
4 out of 5

A couple of interesting pulp/noir stories.

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