By Hervé St-Louis
June 5, 2021 - 23:47
Writer(s): Kaare Andrews
Artist(s): Kaare Andrews
Colourist(s): Jose Villarrubia
Letterer(s): Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Artist(s): Kaare Andrews, Jose Villarrubia
$19.99 USD, $32 CAN
I can’t remember how I got this comic. I found it in my collection, so I reviewed it. I was expecting a Death of Captain Jean Dewolff, not this incomprehensible mess. The storytelling is mostly confusing with many narrators speaking at once and an attempt to sound more serious and authoritative by the cartoonist. Gone are Peter Parker and Spider-man’s banters, replaced with perpetual depression and lost of hope. It is surprising how Parker who looks so frail in one panel can pull all the stunts he performs later in the comic.
Cartoonist Kaare Andrews attempted to recreate Frank Miller’s Dark Knight featuring Spider-man. But the result is poor as that story set the stage for a revival in comic book storytelling and it did something new with the character. Andrews’s work is derivative at best but poor as the execution of the story is not impressive. The comic revisits several tropes from Spider-man, including Mary Jane, the Sinister Six, Venom and more. But their interpretation is more shocking than interesting.
While Andrews is a decent artist, his storytelling needs improvement. He delivers a pretentious comic whose visuals make no sense. The faces are often unattractive and the colouring overbearing. Just don't buy this comic, okay.
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