Edge of Spider-Verse #2
More Spiders are coming into play and we finally meet our villain in Edge of Spider-Verse #2. We see Spider-UK, Spider-Gwen and Mini-Spider, all these girls can worth their salt.
Marvel’s multiverse knows no bounds and the Spider-Verse even more so. Possibilities are literally limitless. I enjoy the idea of many Spiders out there in the multiverse coming together to defeat one enemy. They each are unique and not everyone is a Peter Parker. Don’t get me wrong, Parker is a phenomenal Spider-Man. However, he is not the only one with a great story. So why build up with multiple characters one is going to out do the rest, just make it solo act.
Edge of Spider-Verse #2 takes an extra step with Spider-UK. The cunning young women from London who is the Spider-UK she is intelligent with impressive equipment. I love her jacket with EXTRADIMENSIONAL POCKETS! For my D&D readers, she has her own bag of holding as a jacket! I can really get behind this girl. But her story with dragons, which I will circle back to momentarily, just overshadowed the rest of the book.
For a moment I thought I was reading a Spider-UK book, not a book in a series with any other Spiders, just her. That’s a problem when you are trying to show each story and how they weave together to unite against a great enemy. If you don’t pace correctly, one character overshadows all the others.
In this book, Spider-UK outshined everyone. She can fight and handle pressure, but dragons, seriously. Why Dragons? I mean I guess it’s science fiction, but I feel dragons don’t belong in this story at all. Readers may get confused with the filler antagonist for Spider-UK. I can’t wrap my head around dragons let alone contagious dragons flying around as the villain of a Spider-UK story. An enemy much more powerful than a 20,000 pound dragon is on their way to destroy all Spiders.
What I did appreciate from this book was the artwork. Even though the story left me wanting something else, the art is really what got me through the book. The color schemes for each Spider were so different and yet still inspiring. My favorite has to be Mini-Spider and her golden webs. She is full of innocence and it shows why the true villain wants to destroy all Spiders.
Shathra really shines in the few pages she got in this book and I am looking forward to seeing what she is capable. Will her dynamic with Mini-Spider influence her to do good or will she not stop until the multiverse is hers to nest as she likes?
Building towards climax can be difficult especially if you have a lot of characters to introduce along the journey. Edge of Spider-Verse is full of characters that have to show who they are, some of their stories are a dud and others eclipse the rest. Edge of Spider-Verse #2 has several strong characters, each with a purpose. Although, with so little panel space two characters were buried beneath Spider-UK. Readers can only hope that any one Spider doesn't take the spotlight.
Edge of Spider-Verse #2 : Webs vs Nests
- Writing - 7/107/10
- Storyline - 6/106/10
- Art - 9/109/10
- Color - 9/109/10
- Cover Art - 8/108/10
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