R.I.P. Peter Parker

R.I.P. Peter Parker

Not too long ago I posted up a picture of Deadpool #1 which will be released in November along the already commenced Marvel Now books. I was disappointed with the announcement of Marvel Now, not because of the lineup of new books, but because among all of the relaunched characters, the most(arguably) important hero in the comic book mythos was left without a relaunch. A passerby of this blog even went so far as to message me saying that there was not going to be a relaunch at all. Thanks for rubbing salt in my already infected wound, nameless stranger. But I come to bring you the good news, true believers. Most of you may already know, but, Spiderman is coming back…now Superior. After the last #700 issue of Amazing Spiderman (which you best believe I’m going to buy), Peter Parker is returning to us much darker and edgier. The series will begin January of next year. Only time will tell if this new series is a worthy successor. If not, at least I still have Avenging Spiderman to look forward to every now and then. 

Not too long ago I posted up a picture of Deadpool #1 which will be released in November along the already commenced Marvel Now books. I was disappointed with the announcement of Marvel Now, not because of the lineup of new books, but because among all of the relaunched characters, the most(arguably) important hero in the comic book mythos was left without a relaunch. A passerby of this blog even went so far as to message me saying that there was not going to be a relaunch at all. Thanks for rubbing salt in my already infected wound, nameless stranger. But I come to bring you the good news, true believers. Most of you may already know, but, Spiderman is coming back…now Superior. After the last #700 issue of Amazing Spiderman (which you best believe I’m going to buy), Peter Parker is returning to us much darker and edgier. The series will begin January of next year. Only time will tell if this new series is a worthy successor. If not, at least I still have Avenging Spiderman to look forward to every now and then. 

Just finished reading this issue yesterday and it was absolutely awesome! So excited for this event. My two favorite characters in comic books are meeting each other for the first time in quite surprising and baffling fashion.
Spidermen #1- Brian Bendis, Sara Pichelli

Just finished reading this issue yesterday and it was absolutely awesome! So excited for this event. My two favorite characters in comic books are meeting each other for the first time in quite surprising and baffling fashion.

Spidermen #1- Brian Bendis, Sara Pichelli

(Source: oldshellhead, via fyeahsuperheroes)

Comic Review: Avenging Spiderman #4

By Rafael A. Hernandez

“I can’t miss.” The words of a man who’s resolution of perfection pushes him to a level of skill unknown by many, all except the Avengers of course. The most recent issue of Avenging Spiderman pairs Spidey with the master marksman, Hawkeye. Though Spidey is our titular character, the focus of this issue is his Avenging compatriot. Sure, Spiderman drops in his clever comments and wit every now and then but it is the driving force of Hawkeye’s abilities that are what appeal to the reader. One gets to see how vulnerable a superhero can be when fear of inadequacy looms. Though Avenging Spiderman #4 retained the humor and action of the first three issues, it is refreshing to see the series take a deeper step. This issue is a worthy effort in displaying the series’ ability to be both fun and engrossing.

Comic Review: Scarlet Spider #1 & #2

By Rafael A. Hernandez

#1

You know that trope where a former villain gets into a moral conflict that ushers them to mend the error of their ways? Not uncommon, right? Sometimes it bodes well for them, sometimes they slip back into evilness. The appeal: always wondering where their actions take them next. In Marvel’s new series Scarlet Spider, the character Kaine, former minion of the Jackal, is soon to leave his residency of Houston, in hopes of escaping his past life with Mexico as his oasis of freedom. Equipped with the enhanced abilities of Peter Parker, Kaine thinks of nothing but to leave all he has done behind. But along the way he rescues a young girl from suffocation and impending death. With this chance meeting, Kaine is shown the good that could come from his power. Scarlet Spider #1 is an adequate introduction to our protagonist’s potential pilgrimage. Though he is a heap of conflicted emotions, readers cannot help but feel a great story waiting to unfold.

#2

The Scarlet Spider is in full effect. Whether you want to call him a hero or an antihero, there is definitely some interesting character elements brewing with Kaine. He does not quite commit to being Houston’s newest hero but he acts more as a stand in. Seeing him place himself in a sort of ethical probation displays Kaine’s willingness to atone for his past sins. But despite his noble choice, Kaine clearly is not afraid to fight dirty. Whether it be throwing out an apprehensive driver from his car or shooting a gun at a fire wielding maniac, Kaine does what he has to do. There is no Peter Parker prettiness here. Edginess has become a prominent factor for our new Scarlet Spider and though issue #2 was just a taste of more to come and built off of the momentum from the previous issue, but it did so very well.

Comic Review: Ultimate Comics Spiderman #5

By Rafael A. Hernandez

Rolling along with young Miles Morales’ exploits as the new unofficial Spiderman, Ultimate Comics Spiderman #5 pulls all the content from the previous issues and ties them together into a package that readers have been hoping for. After his run in with Spiderwoman, Miles is taken to the Ultimates headquarters where he is interrogated but reluctantly accepted into the fraternity of superheroes. The scene (despite how overly done it is) has Miles save the Ultimates from a newly escaped Electro. By using his invisibility and immense strength, Miles shows that he is both a courageous and capable hero despite his unimposing size and young age. Needless to say this is arguably the best issue thus far in the series. Our protaganist has been given full responsibility of his hero-dom (herohood? heroness?) and one cannot help but feel excited at the final words, “you are officially Spiderman”.

Comic Review: Ultimate Comics Spiderman #4

By Rafael A. Hernandez

Beware evil doers and fear instillers time for some more swinging through New York City with our brand new Spiderman…Ultimate Spiderman to be exact. If you want to know what has been going on with Spidey in the Ultimate universe be sure to check out this article, it should give you some quick plot points.

This new issue of Ultimate Spiderman shows our new hero trying to find his motivation for taking up the mantle of Spiderman. The issue becomes very emotional and nostalgic, echoing the inspired moments when the original Spiderman was trying to find his place as a hero. And like Peter Parker, Miles is attempting to come to terms with his role as a person newly empowered. The reader even discovers that Miles was present during Peter’s last moments of life, impacting Miles’ investment to the legacy of Spiderman. It is good to discover that this chapter in Miles’ life is not a copy of Peter’s. Even though both have the same powers, they do not sustain the same problems. Where Peter had a clean slate and no predecessor to follow by example, Miles has the famous title of “Spiderman” to live up to; quite the stress inducer for a middle schooler. The one similarity the two share is how difficult it is to actually become a superhero. Miles starts his career by wearing a Spiderman Halloween outfit to hide his identity- both laughable and endearing. What this is issue does promise is the realization of duty and risk to come. The only downfall of this series is that even four issues in, the main character is not seen wearing his much hyped black and red outfit. Geeky pettiness? You might say that. But so far, Ultimate Comics Spiderman is proving very solid a series as it develops Miles into a worthy successor to Peter Parker. “With great power comes great responsibility.” Indeed.

I Don’t Know How To Read: Ultimate Comics Spiderman #2

Yes, evil doers, I have officially become a weekly comic book issue buyer. But to my credit, I don’t drop $30 every week on them (*cough*Ace*cough*). My last few purchases were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2, which I unfortunately wrote nothing about. Please forgive me, I’ve been moonlighting as Batman. And before that I bought the first issue of Ultimate Comics Spiderman, it too went without its due glorification. BUT, I will not let the second issue go unannounced. VOILA!

For those of you who still think that Peter Parker is Spiderman, think again. Sure he may be still be your friendly neighborhood….you know…in the main canon. But in the Ultimate universe our dear Pete has been defeated by his archenemy Green Goblin. Though, never fear, a new Spiderman is here, in the form of young Miles Morales. Like Peter, Miles is bitten by a mutant spider, similar to the one that bit Parker (RIP). So far, the story has shown Miles don the original Spiderman outfit only to be criticized by the onlooking New Yorkers. Now the series is on its way with his origin story, leading to the eventual switch to this very cool looking black and red Spidey. I’m looking forward to seeing how Miles fills in Peter’s shoes (suit?) and whether or not he will be a worthy successor to the name Spiderman.