Monday, September 3, 2018

Edge of Spider-Geddon #2 Review - Marvel Monday


Sp//dr vs Ven#m

Writer: W: Lonnie Naoler & Zac Thompson (Gerard Way)
Artist: Alberto Alburquerque, Triona Farrell, VC’s Cory Petit
Release Date: August 26, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

Hey fellow prequel junkies, we're back with some more Spider-Geddon for you this week, just in case you haven't had your fill.  The downside is there is no Spider-Punk in a punky world this week, instead, we revisit Sp//dr and see what Peni Parker is still doing in her tech-centric world. Let's see if this Gerard Way creation, in the hands of Naoler & Thompson, has the same hook and appeal it had the first time around.




Our issue starts off by revisiting our title character, introducing them to us, or reintroducing them to us on the heels of Spider-Verse in this case, all before we head off head into conflict and get a sense of our heroes power set.  For the most part, I anticipate all of these Edge of Spider-Geddon issues to play off very much the same, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy them and get a kick out of some of your favorite parts of Spider-Verse once again. That's how I'm looking at it anyway and with Amazing Spider-Man letting me down of late, I need something to grasp onto damnit!




After getting a sense of the school and home life of Peni Parker, it's off to the good stuff where Sp//dr is called into action to take on an alternative version of M.O.R.B.I.U.S., and our story begins connecting together a bit. Peni's Aunt and Uncle have also been working on a Ven#m version of the famous Sp//dr bot, and when it finally called into action and off the sidelines, the new bot starts causing havoc throughout our issue, ultimately taking Abby (her pilot) and Peni's Aunt to parts unknown by issues end!

Things begin to calm down when we revisit Peni and her Uncle at home. From here though, there's a lot of questions still unanswered that popped up throughout, so I'm interested to see if those can or will be addressed in the future. Before we can get to any of that, however, Spider-Ham pops through one of the Web Warrior portals, and that's a wrap as Peni walks off with her familiar pal.




Overall, EoSG #2 is a good effort in this mini-series but not quite as strong as the first issue feature Spider-Punk. The story seems to want to set up more than it has time to accomplish, so I'm not sure that ended up being such a great thing. With that said giant Spider themed robots fighting giant machine versions of M.O.R.B.I.U.S. will at least get me to take a peek see. I'm intrigued by Spider-Geddon moving forward still and am craving some information about the threat looming. 

The art is serviceable but not as spectacular as the combination that featured Spider-Punk a few weeks back.  It does do a good job of mimicking the previous creative team that handled the Sp//dr universe before.

Bits and Pieces

The second issue in the Edge of Spider-Geddon series remains a pretty high-quality affair but does suffer a few hiccups when it feels like a tad too much is crammed into the pages of a one-shot, such as Ven#m added in and left lingering.  If I knew we'd get some answers to the mysteries in this one-shot moving forward into Spider-Geddon I would be more on board, but right now as Peni/Sp//dr move on to other things, and if it is like Spider-Verse I'm not sure when or if that will happen.


7.0/10

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