New Spider-Man Comic Proves Smaller Can Be Better

Share.

Won’t you be his neighbor?

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man’s mission statement is basically right there in its title. Whereas Amazing Spider-Man continues to serve as the flagship, continuity-defining Spider-Man comic, this spinoff series is more concerned with exploring the smaller day-to-day struggles of Peter Parker and his supporting cast. It’s enough to question how much Marvel actually needs a book like this when there’s been so much emphasis on restoring Peter to a more traditional status quo in the pages of ASM lately.

But with a creative team this talented, what more reason do you need? Much like with its predecessor, Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, the creative team is the main selling point. Writer Tom Taylor is the main who took a premise as inherently unappetizing as “evil, tyrannical Superman” and gave us the shockingly good Injustice: Gods Among Us tie-in comic.

This series reunites Taylor with one of his All-New Wolverine collaborators, artist Juann Cabal. The result is every bit as good as you’d expect.

New Spider-Man Comic Proves Smaller Can Be Better

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 is notable for downplaying supervillains and focusing on the ordinary people in and around Peter Parker’s home turf. Car crashes and high school bullies take precedent over costumed criminals here.

But rather than robbing the series of a sense of stakes or deflating the dramatic tension, this small-scale approach allows Taylor and Cabal to really hone in on Peter Parker as a person. Taylor is adept at highlighting Peter’s foibles and insecurities as well as the fundamental sense of decency that drives him. There’s a great sequence where Peter wrestles with the temptation to accept a generous tip from an innocent bystander, one that reveals all you need to know about the man underneath the red and blue spandex.

This issue also features a sizable supporting cast, one that draws both from familiar faces and some new additions. Not only do the supporting characters generate some of this issue’s funniest moments (such as Boomerang cavorting around in pilfered underwear or a young girl trying to squash the “bug” on Spidey’s chest) they give a human face to the new struggle developing in Peter’s neighborhood. Meanwhile, the backup story provides a convincing counterargument for anyone worried this series won’t have a tangible impact on the larger Spider-Man franchise.

A more low-key Spider-man comic like this really needs a deft visual touch, and cabal is thankfully able to deliver. His style is both clean and dynamic. There are moments of dynamic power as Spidey swoops in to save the day.

But even in those scenes focused on ordinary character interaction, Cabal is able to maintain a strong sense of energy through his framing choices and his expressive figure work. Occasionally there are panels where Cabal’s sue of 3D rendered elements sticks out as awkward, but that’s a familiar problem with Cabal’s work by now. Visually, the backup story doesn’t quite meet that high bar.

Artist Marcelo Ferreira attempts to marry the quiet yet whimsical humor of the main story with an undercurrent of brooding darkness, and the combination doesn’t really work. The art doesn’t match the tone of the script in the more lighthearted scenes.In general, the muddled facial expressions dampen the impact of what is otherwise a very compelling addendum to the main story.

The Verdict

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man probably isn’t the comic for you if you’re looking for epic confrontations between Spidey and his greatest villains. But if you want a quieter, more grounded series that aims to explore the man beneath the costume, this series has plenty to offer.

One issue is enough to know that this creative team know their way around Spider-Man’s world.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Spider-Man Pop! Vinyl Figure New! - More Info - EAN: 849803037802

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Electro Pop! Vinyl Figure New!Fantastic glow-in-the-dark Pop! Vinyl figure of Electro from the Amazing Spider-man 2 film. - More Info - EAN: 849803037819

Spider-Man Spider Gwen Pop! Vinyl FigureSpider-Gwen gets the Pop! Vinyl treatment! The Spider-Man Spider-Gwen Pop! Vinyl Figure features the webbed heroine in her iconic white and pink costume! This figure measures about 3 3/4-inches tall and comes packaged in a window display box. - More Info - EAN: 849803072612

(Damaged Outer Box) Marvel's Spider-Man Special Edition PS4 Game Used - Like NewPlease Note The outside cardboard box is slightly damaged on some corners the game steeelbook and artbook is all brand new and unusedSpider-Man Special Edition IncludesMarvel’s Spider-Man on PS4Spider StickerMini ArtbookCustom SteelbookStarring one of the world’s most iconic Super Heroes Marvel&39;s Spider-Man features the acrobatic abilities improvisation and web-slinging that the wall-crawler is famous for while also introducing elements never-before-seen in a Spider-Man game From traversing with parkour and unique environmental interactions to new combat and blockbuster action it’s Spider-Man unlike any you’ve played before Sony Interactive Entertainment Insomniac Games and Marvel have teamed up to create a brand-new and authentic Spider-Man adventure This isn’t the Spider-Man you’ve met or ever seen before This is an experienced Peter Parker who’s more masterful at fighting big crime in New York City At the same time he’s struggling to balance his chaotic personal life and career while the fate of millions of New Yorkers rest upon his shoulders - More Info

(Damaged Outer Box) Marvel's Spider-Man Special Edition PS4 Game Used - Like NewPlease Note The outside cardboard box is slightly damaged on some corners the game steeelbook and artbook is all brand new and unusedSpider-Man Special Edition IncludesMarvel’s Spider-Man on PS4Spider StickerMini ArtbookCustom SteelbookStarring one of the world’s most iconic Super Heroes Marvel&39;s Spider-Man features the acrobatic abilities improvisation and web-slinging that the wall-crawler is famous for while also introducing elements never-before-seen in a Spider-Man game From traversing with parkour and unique environmental interactions to new combat and blockbuster action it’s Spider-Man unlike any you’ve played before Sony Interactive Entertainment Insomniac Games and Marvel have teamed up to create a brand-new and authentic Spider-Man adventure This isn’t the Spider-Man you’ve met or ever seen before This is an experienced Peter Parker who’s more masterful at fighting big crime in New York City At the same time he’s struggling to balance his chaotic personal life and career while the fate of millions of New Yorkers rest upon his shoulders - More Info

You may also like...

       
Apps & Games Clothing Electronics & Photo Large Appliances
Baby Womens Apparel Garden Lighting
Beauty Mens Apparel Outdoors Luggage
Books Girls Apparel Health & Personal Care Pet Supplies
Car Boys Apparel Home Shoes & Bags
Motorbike Computers & Accessories Kitchen Equipment Sports & Outdoors
Fashion DIY & Tools Jewellery Toys & Games