The GeeksverseThe Spider #1

The Spider #1
Published on Monday, May 7, 2012 by

They recently brought the Shadow to comics and now he’s joined by the Spider.

Published by: Dynamite Entertainment
Written by: David Liss
Art by: Colton Worley
Lettered by: Simon Bowland
Cover by: A - Alex Ross; B- John Cassaday; C- Francesco Francavilla; D- Ron Lesser

I’m kind of at a lost with this book.

The Spider is an older pulp character making a return (debut? not quite sure) to comics. This issue supplies alot of backstory. We learn who the Spider is, how he got his training and why he’s doing what he’s doing. We also get a major supporting cast introduction from the old flame to almost exact copies of Harvey Bullock (fat cop that wants to bring the vigilantes in) and Commissioner Gordon (the top cop who knows the vigilante is needed). There’s alot of story packed into this issue.

The problem is that it almost information overload. The narrative is very oddly paced. The first couple pages really overload us with information on who the Spider is and why he does what he does. Then we get some overload on Richard Wentworth. Most of the information comes from comments. We learn that his father is wealthy and powerful in the city. We learn that Richard was in the war (what war we don’t know) and we learn that he was up to some covert actions in the war.

It’s almost too much for a first issue.

There are a couple of issues with the script. It takes awhile before can understand that Hilt suspects Wentworth of being the Spider. It really makes no sense because, surprisingly, we don’t have any information that would give us a reason why Hilt would suspect Wentworth. It’s clunky and feels forced.

Which most of the issue feels like. Forced. The conversation between Richard and Nina feels forced, like it’s only there to throw the information of their relationship at us. It’s odd in the sequence of events and doesn’t feel natural.

And that’s the problem with this issue. I want to like it, but something about it just feels forced.

The art by Worley is decent. It’s got a nice pulpy feel to it. I’m not sure what was coming off the Spider’s guns in the beginning. Was that webs formed by lasers? Some explanation there would have been nice to have.

The Spider receives
3 out of 5

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