The GeeksverseSpider-Men #1

Spider-Men #1
Published on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 by

The Spider-Men crossover is finally here. Too soon?

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Sara Pichelli
Colored by: Justin Ponsor
Lettered by: VC's Cory Petit
Cover by: A- Jimmy Cheung; B- Sara Pichelli; C- Mark Bagley; D- Humberto Ramos w/ Edgar Delgado

I like the new Ultimate Spider-Man. It’s a slow developing series, but so far I like Miles Morales. I’ve been liking the recent Dan Slott Amazing Spider-Man stories. First time in a long time that I’ve liked Spider-Man.

So you’d think I’d want this crossover.

I don’t.

I don’t normally like “hero goes to alternate world” stories. And I feel like this crossover is happening too soon. Morales hasn’t had time to establish himself as the Ultimate Spider-Man. He’s still a relatively new character. So the magnitude of this crossover, the epic-ness it’s supposed to have, just isn’t there.

All that being said, I liked it.

Bendis lays it out great. The pacing is excellent, the dialogue (which is 90% Peter Parker) is excellent. The reasoning for the jump to the alternate universe is sound and even Peter’s reaction when he gets there is well done.

But there were a couple of spots that didn’t work well. The cops reaction to Spider-Man? That felt dated. It’s been awhile since he was really public enemy #1 and their reaction doesn’t fit the current theme in the Spider books.

And the last page, when Spider swings upon Mile Morales. That just did not work at all. The reactions of both aren’t right. The “no way” seems out of place. To Peter, he shouldn’t be saying “no way” when he sees Miles because Peter doesn’t know the situation on this world. He shouldn’t be “no way” surprised, his response should be “who are you”. And for Miles? How’s he know this is the real Peter Parker and not some freak in the suit? His reaction should be “take that off, you’re disgracing his memory” or something.

Very solid issue up until that last page.

Pichelli’s art is beautiful. She just gets better and better. Everything about her work in this issue is excellent.

Spider-Men #1 receives
4 out of 5

Would have been a perfect score except for the last page.

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