REVENGE OF THE SPIDER-VERSE!
Back in 2014, SPIDER-VERSE brought every Spider-Man ever together. This event spinning out of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 has Christos Gage and Dan Slott teaming up to destroy them all! The Inheritors have somehow gotten out of their radioactive prison planet and made their way to the Marvel Universe. It’s going to take a whole Spider-Army to keep them from TAKING IT ALL! Starring Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus, Spider-Gwen, Miles Morales, Spider-Woman, the Spider-Man from the anticipated video game and, well, every Spider-Man and Spider-Woman ever, including some brand-new ones! With Jorge Molina on art, the END OF ALL SPIDERS never looked so good!
Graphic PolicySpider-Verse was one of the most fun Marvel events in some time from Marvel. It just screamed fun bringing together so many different versions of Spider-Man from across the Multiverse. That included all-new creations where you can tell creators were just having fun. So, with the announcement of a sequel, I was even more excited. And Spider-Geddon #1 doesn’t disappoint at all. (...) The issue is all about the personalities much like the first event. And like that event, it’s just fun. Each character brings something to the mix and there’s even more versions of Spider-Man to keep readers on their toes. And we’ve barely seen them all! I still have issues with Doc Ock like I did in his first issue. There’s just something not clicking for me, but the personality is nailed and when things go off the rails as a reader I had a “oh shit” moment. The art by Jorge Molina with color by David Curiel and lettering by Travis Landham is excellent. Each character has so much personality and their looks are great. Then there’s the battles that have the perfect balance of chaos and action. You can track what’s going on, it’s not overwhelming. Then there’s that “oh shit” moment and when it hits… it’s just looks amazing. The art and story hit the beat perfect. I had high expectations for this first issue and it exceeds them. Just a fun event that I can’t wait to see where it goes. Damn near perfection.
AIPTSpider-Geddon's first issue makes the positioning and mixed successes of all its prequel issues feel mostly worth it with a fun, dynamic, and somewhat flighty debut that promises seemingly spectacular things to come.
You Don't Read ComicsIf you’re a Spider-fan, you’ve already picked this book up. While Spidergeddon #1 isn’t the best Spider-Man single issue ever printed, it opens up the door for what looks to be an interesting and solid event story. Indeed, if it’s half as entertaining as Spider-Verse was, then it’ll be better than any main Marvel event released in the last few years.
Black Nerd ProblemsFor any fans of Spider-Verse, just wait until the end of the issue. Gage goes for the jugular and makes a statement about the consequences of Otto’s mistake. The Inheritor’s return means serious business for our Spider-Friends and this introduction to Spider-Geddon makes sure to let everyone know that no one is safe.
Comics: The GatheringSo far, I think I like this more than Spider-Verse. The first issue gets the ball rolling quickly, so it feels very much worth your time and money. Spider-Gwen fans like myself may be disappointed, but everyone else is in character. Molina and Curiel craft an exciting, fun world in a time of serious potential for tragedy. If you’re a fan of Spider-Verse, check it out.
Monkeys Fighting RobotsSpider-Geddon gets started in the right way, with an emphasis on fun. What could've easily been a cheap sequel nobody needed will end up being a joyride through the multiverse of Spider-People. It's a good time to be a fan of any Spider-Man (except Noir and UK).
Doom RocketMarvel’s timing in the continuation of the Spider-Verse storyline is shrewd. Wider audiences will soon be experiencing the ‘Verse on the big screen; having new titles centered on it, along with the original back issues, caters to anticipated interest. For those who adore the recent Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PS4, familiar characters in new adventures aren’t a bad gamble, either, especially from one of the game’s co-writers. Spider-Geddon #1 has the requisite action and fun, and yes, even a few casualties, to make us want more. More Spider-variations, more payback for Inheritors, more superior anti-heroes snacking on humble pie. More of this artwork. Like a big, visually exciting summer blockbuster, it gets your attention. Holding it by keeping the plotline fresh is going to be predominantly the responsibility of Christos Gage.
IGNYou can't really blame Marvel for returning to the Spider-Verse well when that formula worked so well the first time around. Spider-Geddon #1 builds on that foundation logically. The problem is that it doesn't do much to differentiate itself in the process. The novelty factor is no longer there, and the only way for Spider-Geddon to succeed will be to find some way of escaping from its predecessor's shadow.
EpicstreamOverall, Spider-Geddon #1 is a disappointing start. It's fascinating to see its massive cast of characters come together again but this chapter doesn't do much to give all of them a chance to shine individually and show what they can do as a team. Spider-Geddon #0 had more character development but things can still turn around in the next issue if Spider-Geddon finds a way to take this epic war into new directions.
ComicBook.comSpider-Geddon #1 is at its best when embracing the thrills and joy of having so many well-intentioned Spider characters, even the newly minted Superior Octopus, crashing into one another and causing chaos. The concept simply sparkles on the page and makes it seem obvious why a feature-length cartoon adaptation was created so quickly following Spider-Verse. One element absent from that feature is the Inheritors, and this issue makes it clear why that is. Even when their complex history is succinctly explained, they remain visual non-entities, dragging down every colorful page they enter. What is far worse is how they replace excitement with cringes and confuse random death with stakes. The moment the Inheritors return this series hits a brick wall, one from which it is unlikely to regain much momentum.