Black Panther vs. Spider-Man vs. Hawkeye vs…you get the picture!
Issue #299 is out this week you say? We’re almost to #300 — that’s exciting isn’t it? Okay, the number might not be 1,000 (or even 500), but comic publishers know how to dazzle when it comes to round numbers! That’s enough for me to read this rag, right?
So what’s it about?
Read the preview.
Why does this matter?
After reading and reviewing Chip Zdarsky’s start with this series I had to pick this week’s issue up and was surprised to find many of the story threads introduced there are still going on. It appears he’s rounding the corner on a resolution to many threads (or even webs!) which should have folks needing (not just wanting) issue #300.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
It’s always worth reading the synopsis page.
Art is handled by Adam Kubert and Juan Frigeri (with color by Jason Keith) and it always seems to render an angle on our characters that is dynamic even if they’re simply standing in the street. I love me a good low angled panel and the cliffhanger is one of many that execute that well. Spidey and his gang of heroes (quite a few pop up here) all look sharp and the layout work is interesting in its angular take. Panels cut into each other rather than lay over one another, giving the book a unique look.
Props to Zdarsky who manages to stuff a little Spidey quip here or there in high stress situations. Once or twice he caught me off guard with some well timed dialogue of Spidey either exiting a scene or remarking in a surprising way. You get the sense that Spider-Man is aware of how ridiculous the situations he gets into are, which helps ground the character and the story. That way when giant robots come crashing down a New York street make you nod your head and say, “Get em Spidey.”
Who will win!?
It can’t be perfect can it?
This is a penultimate issue through and through which means you get a few new details, but mostly table setting to get us from point A to point B. The stakes are raised effectively, but if you’re a new reader you’re a fool for jumping on now!
Is It Good?
I dig Zdarsky’s Spider-Man in part because you get his sense of humor every step of the way. There’s no rage in this Spidey, only quips and a do-goodery that you have to respect. It’s there when he’s kicking Black Panther or being rescued by his sister.