As Spider-Geddon looms in the distance, we take a moment to check in on the other Spider-Men in the multiverse. This first foray focuses on Hobart “Hobie” Brown, aka Spider-Punk (although don’t let him hear you say that). What’s he been up to after defeating the oppressive President Norman Osborn? He’s been cleaning up the streets with his own unique blend of justice. That comes to a momentary stop when Kang the Conglomerator swoops in.
I’m a sucker for alternate versions of comic characters, like Elseworlds and What If, so Edge of Spider-Geddon is right up my alley. I had no previous exposure to Hobie as I’m still catching up with some binge reading on the Marvel Unlimited app, however I didn’t need to know his back story to jump into this comic. There’s a brief intro at the beginning of the book and then writer Jed MacKay drops you right into Hobie’s world. You don’t need much else as he shows you everything you need to know.
You can’t beat the design for the Spider-Punk. It’s all kinds of awesome. Hobie’s costume starts with the traditional Spider-Man blue and red, but adds some great features. He’s got high top sneakers, a sleeveless jean jacket with a spider emblem on the back, and a spiked collar. The coolest addition is the metal spike mohawk built into the mask. Yes, Hobie has his own action figure and yes, I absolutely need it.
Artist Gerardo Sandoval captures that uniquely agile and bouncy look of Spider-Man. Hobie bends and moves in ways that only a spider can. It adds some fun energy to his fight scenes, like he’s a coiled spring ready to pop. There’s also a gritty quality to Sandoval’s art with some rougher line work that fits well with the tone. This extends to the panel borders themselves that give them a punk rock look.
Although this is set in this other world with a gruffer landscape, it’s still most definitely a Marvel comic. This comes through in Brian Reber’s colors. There’s a bright beacon of hope that shines through in Spider-Punk’s vibrant blues and reds. No amount of oppression is going to keep him down.
Spider-Punk is not the only awesome alternate version of a character at work in Edge of Spider-Geddon #1. We also have the aforementioned Kang, shown here as an uptight businessman, Captain Anarchy, the super soldier ready to fight fascism, and…The Hulk. This last one is best experienced on its own. It’s one of the best looks I’ve ever seen for a multiverse character and I would totally read an ongoing series starring this rag-tag group of heroes, especially in today’s political climate.
Part of Kang’s attack includes these adorable miniature versions of Spider-Punk. They have a mob mentality and swoop in to try to overwhelm Hobie. They only speak in buzz words so you’ll see the same thing pop up across a handful of them. Letterer Cory Petit adds a small, but hilarious trademark symbol at the end of everything they say, reinforcing the Conglomerator’s all-encompassing business prowess.
I was already looking forward to Spider-Geddon. This opening issue of Edge of Spider-Geddon only heightens that excitement. If this is what we can expect from this event, I’m all in. Honestly, I’d love to see a regular series where we check in on the various Spider heroes because they all seem to have fun personalities that put a new spin on the character. Whether he’s a punk, a girl, or a robot, Spider-Man stands for something and that shines across the multiverse.