Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Amazing Spider-Man #1.1 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

The pitch for this issue in one sentence:  come for Bianchi finally drawing Spider-Man, stay for the creepy holiday story about zombies.

This issue is OK.  The main problem is that Molina's characterization is uneven.  At certain points, it feels like he's using Peter as his own mouthpiece (particularly the crack about Bloomberg) rather than channeling the thoughts of an established character.  He's also made Peter's temperament somewhat inconsistent:  one minute he's singing a holiday song while swinging through the city; the next minute, he's a New Yorker shouting on his phone to get an appointment with the mayor to complain about Christmas decorations appearing before Thanksgiving. To make matters worse, we've got a chief medical officer that seems afflicted with Tourette syndrome if not insanity.  Put all together, it's hard to say that it feels like a Spider-Man story.

But, I enjoyed seeing Bianchi's take on Spider-Man, so I won't complain too much.  I just wish that we'd drop this forced mini-series approach that Marvel is taking with these .1 issues so that I could decide on my own whether to get it.

*** (two of five stars)

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