Review: ‘Spider-Man’ #2 Is A Pretty Mess

by Tony Thornley

The Spider-Verse is rocketing towards an end. I’m left to wonder if we should just hurry and put it out of its misery after Spider-Man #2.

Dan Slott, Mark Bagley, John Dell, Edgar Delgado, and Joe Caramagna continue to chronicle the beginning of the end.

Soundly beaten by Shathra’s minions, Peter Parker, Miles Morales and Silk have no hope but to retreat. There they meet Madame Web’s handpicked team, and learn of how they recruited Morlun. But one of their own might be a bigger danger to them than they realize!

There just really isn’t much to this story. The heroes and villains stare at each other, there’s some exposition, and then a heel turn. It’s fine, but unremarkable, and kind of boring. Even the story’s only fight scene is so exposition heavy, it’s a slog (though Caramagna’s work on the issue looks great). Making the heel turn one of only non-white leads is also a glaring problem though.

Where the book is still worth picking up is the art. This is the best Bagley’s art had looked in years. Teaming him with Dell has only benefited the story. The details are sharper, and the action is dynamic. Bagley makes the wasp-monsters interesting, and Dell enhances and sharpens the details. It’s an artistic symbiosis that I really love.

Delgado has some wild swings in what his colors accomplish to setting tone and creating a sense of place. He goes from a brightly lit New York street, to a unique retro universe, to the darkness of the Morlun flashback, and he does that all ably in the course of the issue. The highlight is the color in the retro in-between universe, which recalls the dotted texture of colors from the silver age. He really makes it come to life, and it was a lot of fun to read.

The story might be struggling but the art is a lot of fun. It’s worth picking up to see an art legend return to form, but who knows how long that will last?

Spider-Man #2 is available now from Marvel Comics.


A rough story combined with great art doesn’t quite make it’s a must-read, but it’s pretty worthwhile for any Spider-fan to see Bagley’s work return to form.

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