Review: Avenging Spider-Man #1

Published on November 15th, 2011

I don’t read any Spider-Man comics on a regular basis and havn’t done in my life, though I can safely say that at a random point almost every year I will have this bizarre urge to buy a lot of the most recent Spider-Man comics. Whenever I do read them I tend to enjoy them as most people do (so I’m told), and right now, it would seem that November is my time of the year to start reading Spider-Man again.

avsm01Instead of picking up the most recent issues of Amazing Spider-Man as I usually have done in the past, I saw advertisements in last months Marvel Comics for this new series starting by Zeb Wells and Joe Madureira called ‘The Avenging Spider-Man‘. I thought this would be perfect to read instead of Amazing Spider-Man because I’m not really going to go and buy every back issue of Spider-Island (I don’t hear or read good things about it that much anyway).

‘The Avenging Spider-Man‘ is written by Zeb Wells (whose work I have enjoyed in the past), drawn by artist Joe Madureira and the colours are done by Ferran Daneil. I am a big fan of Joe Madureira’s artwork and have been for about 4 years. I can’t lie to anyone about that. I know there is a big bunch of people who don’t like his artwork all that much and I can appreciate why. Anyway without going into too much detail as to why I like his art and why other people don’t, I’ll just say simply that for me it’s all about the enthusiasm and the fun! So I’m immediately struck by this fantastic front cover Joe Madureira has drawn, and I’m happy with my purchase already. Seeing as how we’re on the topic of the artwork already I’ll say it now, so I don’t come back to it later, that I thoroughly enjoyed every single panel on each page. In my opinion, Joe Madureira gives every character their own comical, unique look (in their appearance and their facial expressions equally) and he captures action and movement in such an entertaining way. Not to mention this comic is bursting with bright and wonderfully applied colours thanks to Ferran Daneils! There was on double page spread that had a remarkable amount of detail in it and it was pretty spectacular to look at. The art team have got this comic locked down and get huge praise from me as you can probably tell.

Onto the backstory and writting now. I’m glad to see a new Spider-Man series on the shevles and hopefully this one will stick around for more than ‘just a while’, because I enjoyed this lots. Zeb Well’s nailed the Spider-Man humour and the fun action perfectly. The plot seems good and ran fine in this issue to get the ball rolling. It feels like a classic sort of storyline (maybe you’ll understand what I mean by that, maybe not) in that it’s a lot of fun and not as depressing as a lot of Marvel’s comics recently, and the twist at the end adds some flavour to this recipe for what I’ve described as a ‘classic Spider-Man comic’.

I’m getting the impression this is going to be a team-up  series, perhaps a little like the ‘Deadpool Team-Up‘ series but with story-arcs and not single issue team ups. If this is the case then brilliant, because personally I’m down with that. This first issue sees Spidey fighting with the Avengers for the first few pages before he and Red Hulk go off on their own to team-up (a slightly involuntary team-up at that, but you’ll have to read to find out why) for this first story-arc. Spidey and Red Hulk’s personalities obviously clash more than just a little, so this made for some hilarious conversation! There was some great action shared by the two as well, that was only enhanced by the art team. I was also pleased to see the current Mayor of New York in a key role here. I do enjoy a bit of J. Jonah Jameson, especially when he gets angry and starts blaming Spidey and cursing bad guys for wrecking his streets.

I don’t want to talk about the actual plot too much, so I’ll just say that Spidey, Red Hulk, J. Jonah Jameson and a set of new evil characters have all become involved with the latest goings-on of the Moloids beneath the city.

If you want a comic that’s going to make you smile and laugh, then make sure you give this a try. I think it’s a pretty stunning comic to look at without a doubt and just as enjoyable to read! It might also be fun for your kids, or perhaps a niece or nephew. Or whatever, let’s just say any child you may be able to give it to without getting yourself arrested.

Rob Andrews