Comic Review: Spider-Verse #1

Toylab Rating out of 5
Story                          3
Characters                4
Action                        3
Extras                        3
Overall                      3.5

If Spider-Verse #1 was a food it would be delicious but not quite filling.  It is full of fun and novel ideas but none of them are developed enough to fully enjoy them.  In this sense it is a great, but somewhat frustrating read.

Preview of Spider-Woman #1 with first panels 
The Spider-Verse checklist  
Meet all of the Spiders of the Spider-Verse! 

General Plot: 
Spider-Verse #1 is set up much like the Edge of  the Spider-Verse books.  We meet a Spider-Man from a different universe see them in a brief battle and at the end they are either recruited by a Spider Squad or brutally killed by by one of the Inheritors.  The difference is that the Edge of the Spider-Verse books were entire books devoted to one character.  Spider-Verse #1 is one book divided into several micro sections.  Each section focusing on a separate character.

The characters and art in the book are top notch as are the very short stories.  The stories just are not very long.

The main Spider-Totems focused on in the book are Manga Spider-Man and the Steampunk Spider-Lady.  I really enjoy both characters.  The Manga Spider-Man was a character I remember from years ago.   He has only been featured a few times.  It was great to see him get a little love here.
The Steampunk world of Spider Lady looks amazing

Steampunk Spider-Lady is a spider character from a Steampunk universe.  The art in her story was really amazing and cool.  The Steampunk version of the Sinister 6 was especially interesting.

Other cool things in this book are the Hostess Spider-Man and Newspaper Comic Spider-Man.  These stories are set up almost like a couple of gags.  There is the Spider-Man from the Hostess comic ads of long ago and in this one he is hunted down and eaten by Morlun.

The newspaper Spider-Man story has Morlun entering the 2 panel short comics that used to be inserted into the Newspaper comics section.  Here Morlun finds himself in a bit of a time warp due to the fact that the first panel almost always repeats what the last panel of the previous issue did.  Morlun is completely confused by this phenomena and the world seems to disappear before he can kill the Newspaper Spider-Man.  Both of these stories are somewhat funny and very novel.

The Spider-Totems featured in this book are:

Who is Steampunk Spider Lady?

Who is Manga Spider-Man?                        
Who is Hostess Spider-Man?                          

Story - 3 -  This really should be called stories.  They are well written but short.  Just as you are getting into a character you are taken somewhere else.  There are also some fun and novel pages in this book.
Characters - 4 -Some great Spider-Men and women are show cased here.  I really enjoyed catching up with Manga Spider-Man.  Also I really loved the style, art and attitude of the steampunk Lady Spider.

Action - 3 -  Not much action other than a battle with the Lady Spider and her world's Sinister 6 and a brief battle in the first story with Venom.

Extras - 4 - First appearance of Steampunk Spider Lady?  I am not sure on this.  No major occurrences otherwise.  Some of the Novel story lines like Twinki Spider-Man may be talked about.  Also it is a #1 of a major event.

Overall - 3.5 - This is a good book but does not develop the Spider-Verse story at all.  It really is just a big book of Edge of The Spider-Verse stories.  Did you like Edge of the Spider-Verse?  If you did you will likely enjoy this.  The one difference is that the Edge of Spider-Verse stories had more space to write one solid story with a character.  Here each character is only given a few pages max.

Preview of Spider-Woman #1 with first panels 
The Spider-Verse checklist  
Meet all of the Spiders of the Spider-Verse! 

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