Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #310
Writer and Artist: Chip Zdarsky
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover Artists: Mike McKone & Dean White
Variant Cover Artist: Chip Zdarsky
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man is written and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky and follows the further adventures of everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Someone is out and about in New York City filming a documentary. They’re going around to people of all different backgrounds, with only one question to ask them:
“What do you think of Spider-Man?”
It’s hard for me to put my thoughts on this issue into complete and calculated words, but I will start off by saying that Chip Zdarsky’s exit from this title is downright tragic. I say this because with this issue, he’s single-handedly managed to create one of the best Spider-Man stories ever and I mean that with no exaggeration whatsoever.
Everything in this issue feels absolutely, one-hundred percent earned. From the story, to the character moments, and the interviews, everything is woven together masterfully. Chip Zdarsky writes Peter Parker / Spider-Man in his purest and most truthful form, and its almost as if he was born to write for him. Zdarsky also manages to put in almost everything that makes a great Spider-Man story, as this issue contains arguably some of the best moments in the character’s history.
Zdarsky’s art is just magical, as well. I can’t think of a single panel that looked strange or off to me, it was all absolutely perfect. It has such a humble charm to it, which makes sense given who the character of focus is. The colors are used very effectively as well, especially during flashback scenes which I will not spoil.
This issue invokes the same theme that Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4 presents: trying to be good. The idea that no matter what others say, how many of them tell you to give up and that you’re useless, you keep going and you keep trying. It’s a theme and idea that makes Peter Parker such a glorious character and Zdarsky is a writer who not only fully understands that, but makes sure it’s never forgotten. I sincerely hope that he can write and illustrate for the character again in the future because Spider-Man needs more writers like Zdarsky.
Overall, I can’t sing enough praise for this issue. Even if you haven’t read a single Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man comic, I highly recommend reading this. It’s a fantastic love letter from a great writer to an amazing character who has helped many of us through our most difficult times in life. No matter what we do, no matter where we go in life, we should all be more like Spider-Man and never stop trying to be the best we can be.