Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #2
The mystery continues as Spider-Man attempts to figure out where Leilani has been taken, by whom, and for what reasons. In a move evocative of classic Spidey tales, Pete calls in assistance to watch after the two orange children left in his care-- Johnny Storm, AKA The Human Torch!
After an encounter with one of the abductors, who happens to have an orange face like the children, Spidey makes a new neighborhood friend in the wife of the man and daughter he rescued last issue, who happens to be a detective. Provided with an address of interest, Pete follows the trail to a defunct consulate only to be ambushed. In the fight, Marnie, his elderly neighbor, proves to be much more than she appears.
This series, albeit only two issues in, is firing on all cylinders. Sharp and witty dialogue provided by Taylor guarantees laughter throughout and the mystery, including the involvement of Hizzoner Wilson Fisk, The Kingpin, proves to be layered enough to be intriguing yet clear enough to follow easily. As is common for Taylor, as well, is the nod to the social changes brought along by social media and the digital age. As Taylor points out, the blurred lines between reality perceived with the eyes versus reality taken in through a screen and a live feed is something superhero comics have barely begun to address, but Taylor is certainly at the forefront.
The art and layouts continue to impress, as Cabal shows a deft hand at manipulating perspective, time, and space in a truly standout way. Coupled with a strikingly clean artistic style, Cabal presents as an industry all-star thus far in this series.
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man is a must-read title for Spider-Fans and non-fans alike!
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #2: Rumor Has It…
- Writing - 10/1010/10
- Storyline - 9/109/10
- Art - 10/1010/10
- Color - 10/1010/10
- Cover Art - 10/1010/10
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