Non-Stop Spider-Man #1 Synopsis: BUCKLE UP, TIGER! Get ready for the most action-packed, pulse-pounding, adrenaline-pumping comic OF ALL TIME! As the name implies, once you read page one, panel one, SPIDER-MAN DOES NOT STOP! A mystery at Empire State University thrusts Spider-Man into an adventure that starts in uptown Manhattan and will take him around the world, pitting him against Marvel Universe villains old and new and give you a Spider-Man adventure (and Spider-Man) the likes of which you’ve never seen. THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART, SO CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE READING!
Writer: Joe Kelly
Art: Chris Bachalo, Dale Eaglesham, and David Finch
Publisher: MARVEL COMICS
Release Date: March 3rd, 2021
Did someone say there’s a new Spidey book? A new number one? A so-called “fresh start” 😉?? Sign me up!! Let’s jump into what’ll surely be “non-stop” action and intrigue and catch up with one of our most popular and beloved Marvel characters.
What drew my attention to this issue right away more-so than the number “one” was the immediately recognizable cover art by David Finch. He’s one of my favorite artists of all time. So, let’s take a second and check out this awesome cover again!
Now, onto the actual book! Having a brand spanking new Spider-man ongoing hasn’t happened in a while. Sure we’ve had some mini-series. A LOT of mini-series, but to jump onboard fresh and not bogged down by 60 years of history is certainly refreshing to this reviewer. Now, Marvel has been known to switch things up in the past as in taking an ongoing and all of a sudden make it a mini if sales aren’t great or vice/versa, so things are certainly subject to change.
As our title tells us, things get going on page one, and don’t let up! I’m a bit apprehensive about a book that we’re being told is “non-stop” action because all action and no in-depth story, conversation, character growth isn’t exactly what I’m personally looking for in a comic book. But, while certainly action-heavy there are just enough set up and character moments that have my interest peaked.
Art is subjective. While I love David Finch others may not. And with that being said, Chris Bachalo certainly has a unique style in his pencils. At first, I was taken aback a bit. There is certainly a whole lot of blank, unused, white space on each page.
As we go on though it didn’t bother me as much…for the most part. Just seemed a bit odd that in a visual medium the whole page isn’t used. It certainly gives this book a distinct look though. We’ll see going forward if this changes, still bothers me… or not.
And as with all number “ones” for Marvel, we’ve got a lot of variant covers. A lot!! Here’s my personal favorite by Adam Kubert followed by a few more.
Count me as “all in” with this new Spidey ongoing. For now at least. Issue one certainly exceeded my expectations. Great set-up, and some unique art that may take some getting used to. I hope that the action doesn’t trump the story in future issues, or it’ll be a quick drop for this reviewer.
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