Miles Morales is pulled back into a broken Web of Life by Spider Zero. We’ve got even more Spider characters in store for us as Miles heads through different dimensions and meets all kinds of heroes in an attempt to fix the Web of Life and save the multiverse. No pressure.
During the last Spider-centric event, Spider-Geddon, we got a few one-shots exploring some of the new characters from other worlds. I had hoped we would see more stories like this because the possibilities are endless. That seems like what is happening with Spider-Verse. This first issue alone has at least four new faces and the return of Spider-Punk (a personal favorite) and there’s definitely more to come.
There’s a who’s who of artists at work in Spider-Verse. I’m not usually a fan of switching artists in the middle of a single issue, but this is one case where it’s actually to the benefit of the story. Each world is handled by a different art team to further distinguish them. It works really well, adding to the chaotic nature of Miles’ journey.
All of the new Spider characters are pretty cool so it’s tough to pick a favorite. I will touch upon some cool ones, like the Spider Gang in Manhattan 2.0. This is a Batman Beyond-esque city where a gang war has broken out between the Spiders and the Goblins. Artist Stacey Lee gives this a futuristic vibe that doesn’t clash with what we’ve seen previously with Spider-Man 2099. It’s entirely unique and super fun.
Similarly, Arthur Adams and Federico Blee put their own monstrous spin on the character when Miles gets to Monsterhattan. It’s a world populated by…well, you can figure it out. I love how the basic personality of a Spider-Man is kept in tact as Miles bounces from world to world.
Letterer Joe Sabino adjust the word balloons for each dimension too, lining it up with the art. A great example of this is the karaoke-singing resident of Planet Spider, where artist Sheldon Vella drew everything in a manga style. Sabino’s dialogue is shown in a similar vein.
While Spider-Verse #1 deals with a threat that could destroy the entire multiverse and the the web of life and destiny, there’s an inspiring message at the end. Writer Jed MacKay shows the importance of a new generation of heroes coming up. Sure, Peter Parker is the original and he’ll always be the one that everyone looks up to, but there are others that are making their mark on the world. They’re rising up and doing what’s right for a new generation. Miles and Spider Zero represent that. It’s not necessarily passing the torch, since Peter Parker isn’t going anywhere. It’s more like making room for this new crowd to stand on its own.
Spider-Verse #1 from Marvel Comics is written by Jed MacKay, illustrated by Juan Frigeri, Stacey Lee, Arthur Adams, James Harren, Dike Ruan, and Sheldon Vella, colored by Carlos Lopez, Stacey Lee, Federico Blee, and Dave Stewart, and lettered by Joe Sabino. It’s currently available at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.