By Dan Slott
Spidey’s all beat up and the Karate Kid stops every superhero from killing Spidey and they tell him to GTFO. Spidey goes all emo, but then MJ tells him to get off his butt so he does by telling New York to do that. Then some green guy whose name is the Jackal but looks nothing like one does something to a guy that looks like that Japanese movie the Guyver but whose name is Spider King and he’s pregnant or something. Then the people of New York with spider powers beat up the other people with spider powers. Then the people are all cool with spider powers and there’s some smart people and White Venom does something to some guy. Then Peter and his girlfriend go on a date to a factory where it looks like they are going to get jumped.
What’s on the cover?
An okay picture of Peter shooting goo at the guy who doesn’t look like a Jackal that never even comes close to happening in this issue.
How’s the pictures?
The art is a little frantic and busy. If not for word balloon placement, I would not know where to put my eyes. I’m not a fan of this type of art with disproportionate bodies and such, but it is by no means utter poo. The faces and facial expressions are wonderful as is the coloring.
What really happened?
This is part two of the Spider Island saga. I can’t remember a whole lot about the setup, but I know that the Jackal has engineered the city to become spider people so he can do... something. There’s never any clear motive that I recall beyond “something.” Plus, the Jackal? Really? Bringing back thoughts of the Clone Saga with another dead character?
Did I like it?
This issue advanced the plot, but based too much on the fact that Peter Parker clearly hates himself and will look for any reason to kick himself. He should not have taken three pages and two other people to get him to mobilize the other people with spider powers. Somebody needs to get Parker a therapist to hash out some of this bullshit. Also, f&^k Joe Quesada for ruining these characters with One More Day and OMIT and that’s all I’m going to say about that.