I have been very impressed with Marvel’s Secret Wars event. I am surprised with how many of the tie ins I enjoy. I dealt out a lot of high grades a couple weeks ago in the Secret Report Card. Sitting amongst the bright spots in the class is Mike Costa and Andre Araujo’s Spider-Verse, with a grade of A-. We are nearing closer to the conclusion of Secret Wars and so some of the early released titles are coming to a close. There has already been a few disappointing conclusion to some books that I was really enjoying. The thought began to creep into my mind that all of these tie ins were going to end in some lame, uneventful way. It is hard to fit a cool “else” world story into 4 or 5 issues with such high profile characters and really nail the landing. Some of the endings have felt a little rushed, like Red Skull for example, a book I was a huge supporter of.
Well, issue #5 of Spider-Verse marks the concluding issue of a story that has been tons of fun and very cool. This time I have good news, Costa and Araujo completely stick the landing in this concluding chapter. They make sure their lead characters (Gwen, Peter and Ham) get enough feature time in the issue while also making sure there is a seriously evil scheme which needs an act of heroism to thwart. The spider team is funny, charismatic and dynamic as usual. This issue and really the whole series had it all. A confused Gwen that isn’t sure whether she wants to be a part of this spider gang and a Peter Parker who has no spider powers but still manages to be a hero. Oh, did I forget to mention Ham who can get hit really hard without feeling it.
A major part of why this book was a success is the art by Andre Araujo. His illustrations, much like the story, is light and fun. He set the tone and the scene to allow for Costa to really have a good time with all these interesting iterations of Spider-Man. Araujo was able to keep the book comical at all times, while still getting a few intense action sequences into a short run.
This series was surprisingly very good and one of Battleworld’s best. This is definitely a book that can survive beyond the walls of Battleworld. If you skipped this mini series, make sure you check out Web Warriors. I have high hopes.