Writer: Bruce Campbell

Artist: Eduardo Risso

Colorist: Kristian Rossi

what’s it about?

A revolutionary dark take on SpiderMan begins here! What is reality and what is dream? What is science and what is magic? At the intersection of all of this stands the Deadly Neighborhood Spider-Man.

Peter Parker goes to Los Angeles and what he finds there are definitely not angels. The demons waiting for Peter are going to test him like never before. One demon in particular, a very famous one for Marvel and X fans in particular, might just eat Spider-Man alive.

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The Good

Is Peter actually successful, happy, surrounded by friends and hanging out in the Golden State of California? It would seem so! Good for you, Petey! It’s nice to see Peter’s genius being put to use and for him to be successful for it. Admittedly, this is not the Peter Parker/SpiderMan I know but it was refreshing nonetheless.
Cut into this tale is a fevered dream of a story that plays out in Spider-Man’s mind that is wonderfully brought to page by Juan Ferreyra! The art is far and away the star of this book. This issue is not only a departure for our Friendly… uh… Deadly Neighborhood SpiderMan but a bold experiment by Marvel to explore a darker side of good ol’ Peter Parker. I can only imagine howdevise this issue will be with fans.

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The Bad

I have the feeling this is the tenth Spider-Man #1 I’ve picked up in the last five years and they are hardly ever new reader friendly. I feel like I know a good deal about SpiderMan but, after reading through this issue twice, it’s clearly not enough. I wanted to enjoy this book and its bold direction but it felt too much like I’m trying to recall a fever induced dream. There’s demon bears and wild hallucinations throughout the book and a narrative that I found to be needlessly confounded and hard to follow. At the end of the day, this wasn’t an enjoyable issue, leaving me uninterested in its continuation and disappointed in yet another Spidey first issue.

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VERDICT: 6.0

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