In this installment, we continue to look at the main Spider-Verse event.
Be sure to check out the other parts of this series: Part One (Intro/Reading Order)
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.
When the comic book scholars of the future look back on Spider-Verse they may view the crossover as a disappointment. I can see that. There really isn’t much meat on the bone here. Most issues are generally the same:
- introduce or revisit a Spider-Man from an alternate dimension
- Inheritors attack
- multiversal Spider-Men show up to help
- some live, some die, the survivors escape
- Inheritors move onto the next dimension in search of another meal
Pretty standard and repetitive stuff. But to take this view, is to miss the whole fun of Spider-Verse. The interaction of all these Spiders new and old amongst themselves and the Inheritors. Checking in on old favorites. Seeing the fate of Spider-Men you grew up watching on TV. I’m sure we’ll have Spider-Man multiverse crossovers again in the future (*cough*Secret Wars*cough*) but likely never to this degree again.