Nazi Punks Are Gonna Get Kicked: Reviewing ‘Spider-Punk’ #1

by Scott Redmond

Overview

Born out of Spider-Verse, the rocking Spider-Punk gains his very own miniseries as his punk style Earth gets the fleshed-out treatment. A rocking first issue from this creative team as they lean into the fun atmosphere of this character and his world while diving into some relevant pressing issues all wrapped up in a colorful dynamic and fun artistic package.

Overall
10/10
10/10

In all the decades that Marvel Comics has been in operation, there are giant swaths of characters that have appeared only to disappear after one story or as a title ends, or as eras change. Not all characters catch on the same way, others are waiting for the right moment in time/audience or creative team to give them their big break. Others make their debut and keep popping up from time to time until at last they are given their own book.

In this case that would be one Hobart “Hobie” Brown the multiversal figure known as Spider-Punk.

After appearing in 2014’s Spider-Verse event, Spider-Punk has been involved with most Spider-Man multiversal centric stories. Now it’s his turn to really shine alongside his bandmates in a story in his own universe.

I’m going to put it out there right away, I know next to nothing about the punk scene but that didn’t stop me from readily enjoying this debut issue. I really liked the Spider-related work we’ve seen from Cody Ziglar prior to this so mixing that with the character and with the artwork previews Justin Mason, Jim Charalampidis, and Travis Lanham I knew right away this was a book that was right up my alley. It’s fun, energetic, and full of diverse characters, and they get to beat up on Nazis. What’s not to like?

Everything flows so smoothly and quickly, the dialogue and quips and such hitting in rapid-fire but with enough emotion and weight that they all stick and have an impact. Ziglar mixes the more fun elements and the heavier topics in a way that neither feels short-changed nor devalued. There is a youthful attitude that feels like it might leap off the page and get right up in your face, and I love that.

All the art has that same quick kinetic feeling to it as well, as the action flies into and off the pages because the pages themselves can barely contain all this attitude. There are plenty of Nazi punching epic action pages but also plenty of iconic hero shot pages, where even the pages featuring the characters just talking feet big and dynamic.

Hobie’s sweet costume is done great justice by Mason, but he also gets the chance to really dive into the punk aesthetic to give Hobie’s Earth-138 a unique look. Including the world’s version of Captain America which is actually Captain Anarchy (Karl Morningdew) in a really killer looking homemade costume (including an indestructible shield with a spray-painted A on it) and this worlds version of Riri Williams/Ironheart whose armor has lightning bolts and shoulder spike pads alongside the more familiar armor aesthetics.

Charalampidis’ colors make every page pop as they are colorful and bright with a more muted earthy sort of filter feeling to them at the same time. They’re loud and in your face just like the rest of the artwork. With neon greens clashing with bright orange backgrounds for daytime, cool dark blues for the night, and some really bright purples and pinks for Riri’s lab within the ‘Spider-Base’/Community Center. Lanham gets in on the aesthetic too with the lettering, as the letters have a more jagged or slanted look to them in some places and there is a really neat instance of certain words having a bold red loud vibe to them.

Even all the SFX are just big bold loud and in your face as punches, blasts, shields, kicks, and more are thrown around the pages as the heroes and their foes clash multiple times.

There is a ton that is built in this issue, yet they haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of Earth-138 which bodes well for the rest of this mini-series.

Spider-Punk #1 is now available digitally or in print from Marvel Comics.

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