Uniting the Spiders With Spider-Force #1

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

The Inheritors are back, and it’s up to the Spider-Heroes from across the multiverse to stop them. Scarlet Spider (Kaine), Spider Woman (Jessica Drew), Spider-Kid, and Ashley Barton (from the Old Man Logan universe) go into Earth-3145 to stop the Inheritor Verna. The world is ravaged with radiation from a nuclear bomb detonated by the world’s Doctor Octopus. The Spider-Force only has 15-minutes to stop Verna and make it home before coming down with radiation poisoning.

Spider-Force #1 cover by Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, and Morry Hollowell
Spider-Force #1 cover by Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, and Morry Hollowell

I’m not following Spider-geddon, but I’m willing to follow just about any book with Kaine and/or Jessica Drew. Both being here, along with writer Christopher Priest, is enough to get me to follow this spin-off miniseries.

The story itself is alright. It’s more Edge of Spider-verse and now Spider-Geddon nonsense; the spiders are coming together again to stop the Inheritors. We meet Spider-Kid; he’s like a punk kid Spider-Man (but not Spider-Punk). We find him extorting money from street drug dealers. I’m not familiar with Ashley Barton, but she seems like a solid character.

The comic has the traditional Christopher Priest tension, gallows humor, and title card. The comic is bleak in presentation, which does suit Kaine and Jessica Drew well.

Another positive is that we find out that the Jessica Drew family from Dennis Hopeless’ phenomenal Spider Woman series is still together. Roger, the former Porcupine, is still with Jessica and watching after her baby. It’s adorable, and I like it.

Spider-Force #1 art by Paulo Siqueira, Oren Junior, Craig Yeung, Guru-eFX, and letterer VC's Joe Sabino
Spider-Force #1 art by Paulo Siqueira, Oren Junior, Craig Yeung, Guru-eFX, and letterer VC’s Joe Sabino

Paulo Siqueira’s artwork is absolutely fantastic. It’s impeccably detailed and textured. It can best be compared with the work of Steve McNiven. Needless to say, Siqueira is hell of a talent. Oren Junior and Craig Yeung provide some tight inkwork, and Guru-eFX gives everything a very well-balanced color palette that adds to the tension conveyed by Priest’s writing and Siqueira’s artwork.

Spider-Force #1 is an enjoyable read. The story isn’t great thanks to Spider-Geddon just seeming to be a rehash of Edge of Spider-Verse, but the characters are enjoyable, Priest is a writing master, and the art time puts in phenomenal work. This one is worth a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.

Spider-Force #1 comes to us from writer Christopher Priest, artist Paulo Siqueira, inkers Oren Junior and Craig Yeung, color artist Guru-eFX, letterer VC’s Joe Sabino, cover artist Shane Davis with Michelle Delecki and Morry Hollowell, and variant cover artist Will Robson with Morry Hollowell.

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