Review: Avenging Spider-Man #2

Published on December 12th, 2011

Maybe it’s the optimism and joy the holiday period brings me, or maybe it’s because I’ve been driven insane by the infinite number of terrible Christmas songs my girlfriend has been playing on repeat throughout the house, but I’ve not been able to detect many bad comics on my radar recently. I probably have gone off the walls, but it does seem like there are a lot of truly great comics on-going right now.

avengingspider-man2Today when I went to pick up my stack, the shelves were illuminated and alive. It was a delight to spend money on the comics I got and it was a delight to read them too. Enough gloating anyway and straight to the point.

One comic that stood on this level of greatness for me was ‘Avenging Spider-Man #2’ by Zebb Wells and Joe Madureira.  The second issue was just as good as the first. If you’re not familiar with this series, it’s a team up comic which features Spider-Man and The Red Hulk and that’s pretty much all you need to know. I’ll give you a run down of the situation our heroes find themselves in at the moment too, though you could just go and buy the comics because you’ve only missed one issue so far!

The Moloids of Subterranea have become recent victims of oppression under the brutish Molans from the Uber-Depths beneath their underworld home. With Mole Man in chains at the hands of these new leaders, the Moloids took to the surface (as seen in the first issue) not to attack but to seek help. Instead of getting anyone at all useful to assist them in their underground civil war however, they stupidly captured J. Jonah Jameson who as usual is letting his motor mouth run riot, putting himself and the Moloids once step closer to the chopping block.

And where are our heroic duo? They’re in the realms of Subterranea somewhere. In the belly of a Giant Ground Worm to be precise. Eventually they do find their way to Jameson who is on the verge of getting brutally slaughtered after his ‘New York style diplomacy’ took an unsurprising turn for the worst.

It’s still as fun as it was last month and although we’re only two issues in it’s somewhat obvious to me that this is going to make a fantastic TPB thanks to its upbeat pace and spacious, well designed layout. As single issues I am enjoying these monthly installments, but because the panels are quite large I think that it’ll feel more satisfying to own as a collected paper back. At $3.99 an issue this isn’t a cheapy, so depending on if you can afford it or not it might be best to wait for the trade in the future. Either way, this series is absolutely worth reading.

It’s a beautiful looking comic too and Joe Madureira’s style never slacks. The characterization of everyone featured in the story is spot on and it does shine through (though when all the characters are so different that must be an advantage in this).

One thing I did notice was that in one panel there appear to be birds underground. Now I’m not sure if this is entirely possible, though having read a few Jules Verne novels I’m open to the idea of birds in Subterranea. Perhaps they’re just mysterious bits of floating rubble, who knows, I thought this was worth noting for the hell of it anyway.

Oh yes, so the final verdict = Entertaining!

Rob Andrews