#1 · Spider-Man

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1

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I’ll be the first to admit that we don’t need ANOTHER Spider-Man series. Right? I mean The Amazing Spider-Man has been running strong for almost thirty issues now. And then there’s Renew Your Vows, which is fantastic. And Spidey has a book with Deadpool that’s been going strong for a while. Not to mention all the spin-off Spiderverse stuff out there. So yeah, we don’t need this series.

But this first issue is definitely promising. I’ve gotta say that it is a lot of fun.

I’m kind of on the fence about its reason for existing. Even the editor himself mentions that it’s kind of meant as a jumping on point for prospective new fans that’ll be looking for something to read after Homecoming hits the theaters next month. So is that kind of crass? I don’t know. Maybe.

But again. It’s a fun new series. It opens with Johnny f’ing Storm telling Peter that he doesn’t need to tell (us) his original story again. Now that’s a good introduction!  And it’s got some other nice cameos already like Ant-Man and Falcon. And the writing is brisk and fun and full of little throwbacks and inside jokes for Spider-fans. The art carries its weight as well. And I’m pretty sure anything with Jordie Bellaire’s name on it is going to be easy on the eyes.

So y’know what? I’m gonna give it a fair chance. Because really I was having trouble getting into the main book anyway. So why not?

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