Writer: Michael & Mario Ortiz | Artist: Michael & Mario Ortiz

The Good:

The art is about as detailed as any comic book I’ve ever read. The way the colors jump from cool tones to popping off the page is really pleasing to the eye and helps keep it interesting.

In the first half, all the action consists of our hero getting smacked around and (wo)man handled, but by the midpoint, that changes drastically. Once Araknis gets loose, nobody’s safe, and that’s when the fun really begins.

The Bad

The story itself doesn’t draw me in as much as I’d like. Araknis has some obvious similarities to Spider-Man. He’s basically Spider-Man if Peter Parker and the spider that bit him were hopped up on steroids.

The problem is the comic doesn’t nearly have the heart Spider-Man does. And while it’s not totally fair to compare him to a super hero as iconic as Spi – der-Man, that’s bound to happen when your name and origins story are that of Araknis.

The Veredict

There are plenty of really good indie comics that have stood the test of time, but there are a lot more that haven’t been able to do so. This one falls closer to the former.

The story isn’t really one that does a great job of pulling me in, but the art is right up there with some of the best DC & Marvel have to offer.

I can’t put it up there with indie comics like “Transmetropolitan”, “100 Bullets”, or “Preacher” but again, artistically it might top all of them and that alone makes it worth checking out.

SCORE: 7.0

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