Spoilers and rambling below. You have been warned not to expect coherency in these thoughts.
Not gonna lie, this sucker took me a while. I mean, I even reviewed random issues of it as I have tried to make my way through the pile. The truth is, ever since Brand New Day and all that stuff way back when, I have not really cared about Pete and Spider-man’s problems.
Even the schedule felt daunting. The weekly grind of reading the same character was kinda boring. Part of the fun of serialized drama is the waiting and the weekly schedule took away that. Of course, giving new developments in the last few months... We’ll get to that when we come to it. For now, Spider-Island.
This is not the best story to intro anybody into the world of Spider-man. The continuity is a mess and all over the place, the dumbass clone stuff is brought up again (that we couldn’t retcon out by deal with the devil?), and the relationships are just broken. They pretty much stomped on the idea of Peter and MJ getting back together, but the last few issues of this... It is just mean. If you do not want them together, then why keep putting them in pseudo-relationship type scenarios. And the hinting about their sex life was just out of place.
I also was confused about the Carlie romance, but I am not sure why. She finds out he’s Spider-Man (which is a whole other hole the writers are diggin their way out of) and then just dumps his ass. Well, thank goodness we are getting a fresh and new stories. What the hell? Where is the superhero girlfriend/boyfriend that finds out and says, “Yeah, I get it, people murder people like you”? Oh wait, that was MJ... I’m ranting about shit that everyone else ranted about years ago.
I just realized what this story is. This is Maximum Carnage. Multiple villains doing weird s&^t, a bunch of hero cameos, and a bunch of issues. Only this is confusing and full of continuity that is unnecessary at best and miring at worst...
How are the villains? Eh? The Jackel? He’s dumb, a Joker wannabe with a clone fetish that continually backhands the plot with big bags of dumb. The Queen? Who thought a female Captain America with spider powers was a good idea for a villain? She really does no thing but get her butt kicked and I got bored a lot.
So, do I recommend Spider-Island? Yes, but only if you like a random, all over the place plot that is chock full of superheroes doing superhero-y stuff. And Captain America is a big bug at one point, so there’s that.