SP//dr Meets VEN#m In Edge Of Spider-Geddon #2

by James Ferguson

The preparation for Spider-Geddon continues! This time we check in with Peni Parker, the pilot of the mech SP//dr.  As with the previous issue where we caught up with Spider-Punk, this one flows like a day in the life of the character. We learn what she’s been up to since we last saw her.  In Peni’s case, it’s coming to grips with her father’s death and a new potential ally…or foe in Addy Brock.

I’ve said it before, but I absolutely love alternate reality stories. I’ve read countless stories about Peter Parker and will continue to do so, but I will be quick to read about the adventures of Peni Parker to get a new look at what makes a hero. In Peni’s case, she’s driven by some of the same things that pushed Peter to put on the suit, but she’s frustrated by how her aunt and uncle keep her in the dark about the SP//dr suit and what’s going on around it.

Peni feels like she has something to prove. Her father piloted the suit before her and she’s inherited it. She has to show everyone that she’s right for this responsibility, but she’s also a petulant teenager at times, so she acts brashly and without thinking. Such is the case when she’s called into action to fight M.O.R.B.I.U.S. who is draining the city of power.

The fight scenes in Edge of Spider-Geddon #2 are next level awesome. Artist Alberto Alburquerque has a fantastic, pulpy style that works well with the overall tone of the setting.  The monster is an otherworldly abomination ready to tear the city apart, and it’s up to a scrappy red robot to bring it down.

As cool as this is, Addy Brock and VEN#m steal the show. The suit has a similar design to Peni’s, but it’s black and white instead of red. Colorist Triona Farrell makes it look so much more fierce and intimidating. Whereas SP//dr has a bright, optimistic tone, VEN#m is a deadly beast.

The true power of VEN#m is not fully revealed, however there is so much to unpack and explore within these pages. I sincerely hope we get more from this world because there are so many story possibilities. It’s a new and unsettling spin on the Venom symbiote. This also comes through in Cory Petit’s letters as Addy’s dialogue changes into the traditional black balloons and white text that we’ve come to expect from Venom, although this one takes on a robotic font which is an awesome touch.

There are definite shades of Neon Genesis Evangelion in Edge of Spider-Geddon #2. This could have gone either way, but writers Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson make it work in the best way. It’s an intriguing story that could easily serve as a launchpad for at least a mini-series.  Yes, I’m looking forward to Spider-Geddon, but I would settle for further adventures of these other Spider characters.

Edge of Spider-Geddon #2 from Marvel Comics is currently available at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.

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