Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #2 Review

PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
WRITER: Chip Zdarsky
COVER: Adam Kubert
PRICE: $3.99

SUMMARY: A tech-crime ring is tightening around Spider-Man. If Ironheart will stop beating him up, she may be able to help him zero in on the source. And who is the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent showing up at Peter’s door with more info on Spidey than anyone should have?

COMMENTS: Do you remember when picking up a Spider-Man comic meant that a good time was guaranteed? Did you bring a friend to see the new Spider-Man movie and now they want to try out the comics? Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man is the comic for either of those situations, for long time fans who miss the character of old or potential new fans who just want to enjoy some Peter Parker adventures like they watched in the theater.

Writer Chip Zdarsky is a goddamn national treasure at this point, is there anything that he cannot write? His sense of humor has been evident during his runs on Squirrel Girl and Howard the Duck but he almost seems born to write Spider-Man and he nails it on every page. If you do not care for the “Tony Stark” type of character he was become in the main book, Spectacular Spider-Man skips over that and gives us the character we know, love and most importantly want. The books subplot with Peter on a date at Starbucks had me smiling from ear to ear as I enjoyed my Spider-Man series in years.

The art by Adam Kubert is as lush and expressive as one would expect from the veteran illustrator. He has been drawing the web-head for years now and could probably draw him in his sleep but you never get the sense that he is not giving it his all. Small details abound on every page and the art style compliments the light hearted story perfectly.

If you have been away from the ever convoluted cross-over event focused Marvel Comics for any length of time, like I have been, you might not know that they are publishing their best Spider-Man focused comic in years. It might not hit the heights of Superior Foes of Spider-Man but at least there is a Spider-Man comic that you can show to a fan of the movie without feeling a little embarrassed or having to explain years of backstory. That is great for Marvel, great for long-suffering Spider-Man fans and great for new readers. Talk about a win-win situation!

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