Life gets pretty crazy for New Yorkers in the world of Marvel Comics. Their city’s constantly under attack by supervillains and the occasional alien invasion, but once in awhile living there has its perks – like when 1 million New Yorkers gain powers just like Spider-Man.
The story starts when the Jackal creates a virus that can spread through bedbugs (a huge problem in real-life New York), that grants people powers akin to Spider-Man. The only problem is after a day or two, those infected each transform into a giant spider that’s mind controlled by a supervillain. All the while, Spider-Man is dealing with a new job, being a part of two superhero teams, and trying to keep things square with his girlfriend. It’s a busy week for Peter Parker!
Dan Slott’s writing is amazingly fun. He knows just how to put Spider-Man through some major crap and then cut him a break. The book is consistently funny and highly kinetic. This really stands out from most other comics coming out right now, especially the mostly gloomy DC Comics stories.
The best artist of the bunch who worked on this comic has to be Stefano Caselli. His work is vibrant, expressive and highly detailed. His art reminds me of a lot of stuff I’ve seen out of UDON, especially some of their Street Fighter comics.
Humberto Ramos creates the art for the majority of Spider-Island. While his art is very stylized and fun, its cartoonishly exaggerated proportions can suck some of the drama out of what’s happening. He also doesn’t have the best sense of how to make action really coherent.
Right now, you can get this collection of comics for around twenty-six bucks on Amazon.com, which is a steal. It’s the price of a normal collection but with twice the length and in hardcover, it’s totally worth checking out.
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