Spider-Man: Spider Island (Spider-Man (Marvel)) Hardcover – 25 Jan 2012
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Spider-Island pays off on the early promise of Slott's run with the biggest story he's tackled yet, pulled off near-flawlessly. Sure, it may have a rubbish villain when all's said and done, but the integration not only of supporting Spidey characters but the rest of New York's Marvel villains comes off without a hitch and the whole thing really feels like a story that may be line-wide but still has Spider-Man at its heart.
That's probably because its central conceit is that just about everybody in Manhattan has been given said hero's powerset thanks to the machinations of the Jackal (still in 90s Joker rip-off mode, regrettably) and a mystery benefactor. As a result, everyone from MJ to Jolly Jonah ends up swinging the webs, and if the story doesn't delve too deeply into how this would affect characters who've long interacted with Spider-Man on a mental level it's only because it never stops for breath. The pace is relentless, even split across the two series.Read more ›
Spider-Man Marvels figurehead finds he is no longer the only spider in Manhattan. What place does Peter Parker have in this new landscape and how can he return his beloved city to normal before events take a turn for the worst.
Not being a huge Spider-Man fan (usually preferring Iron Man and the Avengers) I found my self drawn to this title as it seemed very intriguing. It requires very little background knowledge for the reader and so is very suitable for those relatively new to the adventures of Spidey.
If you are new to ASM and find yourself not recognising a name just browse some of the amazing fan sites out there to brush up on your character backgrounds.
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Only negative i have isnt for the product but for Amazons description, it says it collects Venom #6-8, when it in fact includes Venom #9 as well.
Due to this descriptive error i bought Venom #9 separately to continue the series into the Circle of Four book, not a huge loss, but i figure its worth posting something on here so someone else doesnt make the same mistake, even the marvel site says 6-8
By going off on amazon's description saying it only contained venom 5-8, I went out and bought venom #9 issue before this book arrived which was a money waster. So again, to those that want to collect the venom by remender. the collection goes like this:
Venom vol 1 (1-5)
Venom: circle of four (10-14)
Venom: the savage six (not yet released as of 7/16/2012) (15-22)
Saying that, I will now go into the review of spider-island.
This story arc of ASM was quite an interesting read. I would have to say one thing before I go any deeper though... Dont be fooled by the art cover (you will just have to read the novel to get what im talking about).
This is how the story starts... a mysterious woman helps the jackal to spread the spider gene throughout new york by using bed bugs. people with spider powers start to over run the new york city hence the name spider-island.
The art is great in this collection, especially Ramos. For some reason, I love his work considering that I love detailed drawings. His art just matches spider-man in its essence. Ramos delivers.
the cross of venom storyline to this seems awkward at first, but everything fits together perfectly and venom serves his purpose in this novel.
This is a must buy for spiderman and/or venom enthusiasts! you will not be disappointed in any shape or form. especially with discount from amazon, it is basically a steal.
Strangely enough, there always tends to be one major hero from both worlds that also gets their own mini-event comic. It tends to also include many of the characters from their universe and it usually tends to be better since it scales the size of the event down and makes it easier to invest in the characters, easier to understand the stakes, and it actually does make the changes that affect the future of the characters involved.
When Dan Slott took the reins of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN back in 2008, it gave us the best writer that Spidey has ever had. And Slott has confined his time to only writing ASM, so all of his focus is on the mythology of this one main character, unlike other writers out there who find themselves overextended by writing several books at once and some of those characters end up falling flat. Even more so, with story arcs like "Brand New Day", "Big Time", "Revenge of The Spider-Slayers" and "No One Dies", he's proven that he can write the character of Peter Parker/Spider-Man with the wit, emotion and the gravitas he's too long been denied with other writers and creative teams (with the exception of Brian Michael Bendis, but that's been in the Ultimate Universe).
It was a slow build to the events of "Spider Island", but it was well worth the wait. Dr. Miles Warren aka The Jackal, longtime foe of Spidey, and the madman that created his clones that started all of the "Clone Wars" of the 90's, has returned with a deadly new plan: via the use of bedbugs as carriers, he plans to give a virus to all the inhabitants of Manhattan Island that will give all of them the same abilities as Spider-Man! The wisdom of this plan being that anarchy will prevail and the real Spider-Man won't be able to stand up! Of course, with someone as diabolical as The Jackal and his secret partner, this is just a fringe benefit. Entering into the fray against the newly spider-powered criminals are The Avengers, runaway heroes Cloak and Dagger, The FF (or Future Foundation), Shang-Chi, his co-workers at Horizon Labs, Anti-Venom. the enigmatic Madame Web (who cryptically informs our hero that despite his "No One Dies" policy, he will have to kill someone to stop the threat), and a whole new government-controlled Venom!
The whole series is great entertainment that allows for as much fun to be had with the concept as much as it does moments of real danger and drama. With artist Humberto Ramos doing a lot of the heavy lifting here, it's a treat to see his art as always. The stand-out star here, though, is Slott, whose pacing, dialogue and plotting are pitch-perfect for a widely expansive Spidey tale. Now, even if it weren't as good as it is, it would be worth it for the climax of the tale. That issue is a work of genius, and there's a moment in it that almost brings tears to my eyes. It's fantastic work.
The only thing that I wish this collection also included is the SPIDER-ISLAND: CLOAK AND DAGGER mini-series that crossed over with this. It's been quite a while since seeing the two of them, and the incredible work they did in that series with writer Nick Spencer and artist Emma Rios is a must-own. It is available in collected form here: Spider-Man: Spider Island Companion but some of the other stories, such as THE AMAZING SPIDER-GIRL are a little rote.
This is another great arc from Slott and Co., and when this was over, life for Peter Parker had changed pretty drastically, and there may be no going back! This is what a great event comic is made of.
Peter meanwhile must learn to live life as just one of a million Spider-people. However when the true mastermind behind the Jackal shows themselves, the true horror begins.
I can not stress how cool this story is. We have all manner of spider-characters (both famous and infamous). Peter has another life changing event occur (for the better imho) and wait till you see who swings in to save the day!
I highly recommend this oversized hard cover.