Given all the goings on this week with a certain web-head and something about his next movie appearances, it seemed fitting to concentrate my mini reviews on all things Spider-Man and of course, Spider-Verse. So without further ado, let’s talk about…X-Men!
All-New X-Men 36 – Prior to the end of the Age of Ultron comic event (not the upcoming movie which hopefully borrows little or nothing from that series) the Ultimate Universe and the main Marvel 616 universe had little knowledge of each other and almost no interaction. The Bendis penned Spider-Men crossover that featured the first ever meeting of Miles Morales and 616 Peter Parker being one of the few exceptions. But since AoU, it seems like we’ve had a constant barrage of 1610/616 mashups leading into the entire universes mashing up in Secret Wars.
For the last few issues the All-New X-Men (themselves the 1960’s displaced X-Men stuck in current times) have been stranded in the Ultimate Universe fighting side by side with the Ultimate X-Men and of course the Ultimate Spider-Man. The first half of this issue is action packed as the heroes try to keep
Jean Claude Victor Van Damme from dissecting everybody.
The second half focuses on new mutant Carmen and her ability to open portals throughout the multi-verse (how the X-Men got into this mess in the first place). We get a bit of a Secret Wars preview as Carmen opens doors to various other realities in an attempt to get everybody home. A recommended read, though you may want to pick up All-New X-Men 31-35 as well for the whole story.
Amazing Spider-Man 14 – Spider-Verse Part 6
The final chapter of Spider-Verse! (Except for the epilogues in Spider-Woman 4 and Amazing Spider-Man 15.) It’s all built up to this as 616 Spidey and his team confront the Inheritors on Loomworld. The issue is action packed, but on initial reading I felt it leaned more towards “whisper” than “roar”. Looking over it again, there is a lot that does happen, don’t get me wrong, but I was shocked this wasn’t some sort of double sized epic with a lot more war and spider carnage.
Though this is the final chapter I think that epilogue will be a key issue as well as there are several very large outstanding plot threads at the end of this one. If you’re reading Spider-Verse you have to read this issue, and if you’re not…what is wrong with you!?!
And don’t think this is the end of Spider-Verse, Marvel has also just announced that the story will continue as a Secret Wars tie-in. The official solicitation reads: “Spinning out of the SPIDER-VERSE event, a team of Spiders find themselves face-to-face with Battleworld! Starring SPIDER-GWEN, SPIDER-MAN NOIR, SPIDER-MAN: INDIA, MAYDAY PARKER, SPIDER-UK and SPIDER-HAM!”
Spider-Woman 4 – Spider-Verse Epilouge
This Spider-Verse epilogue is structured very similarly to All-New X-Men 36 as the first half occurs sometime after the events in Amazing Spider-Man 14 as Spider-Woman, Silk, Spider-Gwen and Earth-616 Spider-Girl Anya Corazon attempt to tie up some loose ends in Loomworld. The second half deals with Jessica back in the 616 (and Carol Danvers love of donuts) and her decision to head in “a bold new direction” including her “considering a costume change”. (Which we’ve all known about for months.)
The issue is low on action and high on Jessica Drew making speeches. There’s not a whole lot to see here, and it feels more like Spider-Woman 0 to next months, what seems like it should be #1 with the new costume, direction, etc. It will be interesting to see how this new direction affects the Avengers as she has been a huge part of that team for a long time now.
If you are looking for a jumping on point for Spider-Woman, wait until next month. Not even sure if this issue is all that important a Spider-Verse tie-in, but does clue up the multiple Jessica Drew story line that has been running through the first few issues of this book.