Edge of Spider-Geddon #4
Writer: Aaron Kuder
Pencillers: Aaron Kuder & Will Robson
Inkers: Craig Yeung & Will Robson
Colorist: Andres Mossa
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Artists: Aaron Kuder & Dean White
Variant Cover Artists: Cully Hamner & Ian Herring
Edge of Spider-Geddon is a comic mini-series written and illustrated by various writers and artists. It explores the Spider-People of different universes, some old and some new, all leading up to this fall’s highly anticipated event, Spider-Geddon.
As everything falls into place for Spider-Geddon, we make our last stop in a universe where Oscorp has changed the world, and in turn, has a tight grip on it. Norman Osborn, AKA Spider-Man, is trying to perfect a secret project of his, and will dispose of anyone getting in his way. The last person to get in his crossfire was Peter Parker, his employee and his son’s best friend. Now, Harry Osborn returns to Oscorp in order to stop his father once and for all, and rid the world of his company’s control. What exactly is Norman working on? And can Harry fulfill Peter’s final request?
While the last issue greatly disappointed me, this one definitely brought it all home, delivering in story, characters, emotion, and set-up for Spider-Geddon. This take on Norman Osborn is really fascinating, and while the story is more centered on Harry and his quest to stop him, he serves as a unique Spider-Man, and I look forward to seeing how he factors into the event, as the cover claims that he will “change the course” for it.
Harry’s story in this issue is the main driving force, as well as the heart of it. It perfectly establishes the weight of the situation, as well as the deep bond he and Peter had before the latter died. The climax especially tugs at the heartstrings, which is not an easy thing to do in just one issue, especially in a universe that we’ve never seen before. The narration from Peter’s final letter to Harry only emphasizes it, and delivered some great lines that only Peter Parker could come up with.
The art isn’t all that memorable, per se, but Kuder and Robson still do an amazing job, with the highlight being Norman’s Spider-Man design. It’s more akin to the Man-Spider look, but his costume and helmet make him look like a creature from a nightmare, which works perfectly for Norman’s character. The Goblin design is very good as well, maybe a little dull in terms of color, but still good overall.
This was a very well-written and fully realized story leading into Spider-Geddon, and I’m glad this mini-series could end on a high note. The last issue felt unconfident and lacking in terms of vision and execution, while this one knows exactly what it wants to be and how to do it. All in all, Edge of Spider-Geddon has been a fun trip, and I can’t wait to hop on the roller coaster it’s been taking us to.