Art: Humberto Ramos
So I think its safe to say that Pete is back. For the most part, this is the Spidey book people have been waiting for since ‘Superior’ started. Pete’s back behind the wheel and it honestly feels like he’s never left. Back are the quippy one liners and gags, and gone are the chastising remarks and over the top violence. The brand new #1 finds Spidey up against a group of bank robbers – aptly named “the menagerie” – which manages to set the tone from the get go that this is the Spidey we all remember, and not the superior imposter.
Say what you will about Slott as a person, but as a writer, he knows exactly what he’s doing. The ease in which he’s managed to bring Pete back and have the voice we all remember from the first page is uncanny. You can tell from the way he writes that he has a real passipom for the character and it shows. I know there are people that aren’t a fan of the overly comedic dialogue that Slott tends to write and if you are then this certainly isn’t the book for you because, personally I found it hilarious.
Ramos’ art does exactly what it says on the tin. Its over the top, his upper bodies are exaggerated, his faces overly expressive, and its absolutely perfect. The way he draws Spidey/Pete is perfectly suited to the way Slott writes it, there’s a youthfulness of it that’s energetic and expressive that manages to !ale the book both stunning enough that you want to study the page, but at the same time, turn the page to see what’s next.
I only have a few criticisms about the book, firstly, there was far too much going on as set up for other books. Between the Original Sin short at the beginning to the plug for every other spider-verse book that’s coming out, I felt it really detracted from the main point of the book. Its meant to be about Pete’s triumphant return, but I’m sitting reading about Felicia Hardy in prison?! I get that the books being used as a teaser for things to come, but surely there’s a better medium for it in this day and age? Which leads me nicely into my next problem…. The electro story. While I understand that its a good idea to have the same villain in the recently released feature film, I’m pretty sure the last page changed the colour of his skin…..
Overall a solid first issue with enough to have sucked me back in and with enough grandeur to justify the high page count and higher price tag (something that’s rarely done these days) it’s a book for new fans and old that only just misses the mark on a perfect score.