The latest issue of the Amazing Iron Man Spider-Man hit store shelves (for Jenny) and digitally for everyone else today. (How many of you guys still read the majority of your books that are made from dead trees?) Let’s take a look at it, and the post-Secret Wars Spider-Man in general after the break. Careful, this way be spoilers.
The All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe begins today. Yes, Secret Wars is still ongoing. And with issue 6 out today…it still has 3 issues to go. But Marvel is soldiering on with the relaunch of their new universe.
With Miles Morales joining the MCU proper and supposedly being THE Spider-Man, Peter jetsets around the world in that horrible new costume. Does any of this make sense? Does it hold up? Will it cause me to abandon Spidey like One More Day? Find out, (mostly) spoiler free, after the cut. (I say “mostly” as I touch on the basic premise of the setup for this new status quo, but no real plot points.)
While DC Free Comic Book Day offering Divergence actually gave us our first taste of the new Batman, this weeks Batman #41 gives us the first full blown appearance. As I’ve mentioned on the site and in the Gabbing Geek editorial meetings, I’m very skeptical about the direction that DC is headed. I don’t care how much you want to try to humanize him, putting Superman in a t-shirt and jeans is just dumb. Granted, some might be fine with that, or the new “Canon over continuity” approach DC is taking with their books. But I’ve mostly heard negative press about the new Robobat, Chappie-bat, Batman.
I’ll admit, if it wasn’t for writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, Batman would be another in a long list of DC books that I won’t be picking up post-Convergence. But the duo has been rocking since the New 52 launched. And Snyder has been one of my favorite writers since his excellent “Black Mirror” run on Detective Comics just prior to the New 52. It features Dick Grayson as Batman and is well worth tracking down the trade paperback.
But back to this issue, after the break, my initial thoughts on this new approach to my second favorite character ever. (Very minor spoilers inside.)
The infographic after the cut is about a year old, but is new to me and I thought it was pretty cool. Plus, infographic! I guess it needs a slight update to include the Superior Spider-Man in it’s 50 years of Spider-Man masks.
In this installment, we will look at the foundation that Spider-Verse is built upon.
Spinning The Web
The groundwork for the ideas at the center of Spider-Verse are rooted way back in Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2 #30 (2001) by J. Michael Straczynski and John Romita Jr. The next handful of issues of the series would see the debuts of Ezekiel Sims and Morlun. And also the introduction of the concepts of Spider-Totems, beings who feed on them and Ezekiel building bunkers to hide Totems from Inheritors.