Writers: Christos Gage and Dan Slott
Penciller: Jorge Molina
Inkers: Jay Leisten, Craig Yeung, & Roberto Poggi
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover Artist: Jorge Molina
Variant Cover Artists: Ivan Shaurin; Nick Bradshaw & Rachelle Rosenberg; Inhyuk Lee
The Inheritors have returned, and have left the corpses of Spider-Man Noir and Spider-UK in their wake. As the rest of the Web Warriors attempt to destroy Otto’s lab in order to keep more of them from returning, the Inheritors ensnare one of the heroes in a deadly battle. Can everyone make it out in time? And why isn’t Peter Parker being called into action?
The first issue left me with a very mixed taste in my mouth, especially considering how well done most of the tie-in comics were beforehand. Even then, I was still optimistic that things would kick into gear in this issue, and that it would all start coming together. Well, unfortunately, this issue has given me a similar feeling that the first one did, with things I liked and didn’t like.
The art continues to be stunning, as Jorge Molina proves he’s the perfect artist for the job in this mini-series, and pencils each character and setting appropriately. There are some genuinely great moments and fights, especially between Verna and Gwen, and the interactions between all the Spider-People continue to be masterfully written. The ending is done very well, too, as everything starts to come to fruition for the story overall.
But even then, it feels like it took far too long to get to this point. With only three issues of this story left, minus all the tie-ins, I’m definitely worried about things being rushed. These first two issues feel like they should’ve been prequel tie-ins, done far before Edge of Spider-Geddon, as everything so far has been purely set-up. There’s nothing wrong with a strong foundation, but if there isn’t some heft to the building, the foundation will appear to be overdone.
Also, and this could just be me not remembering, but there are at least two Spider-People who I do not remember being in the first issue at all. I don’t want to treat this as a negative, but I can’t help but feel like there is a lack of consistency and continuity, and that’s something you don’t want for a big event. A bit of a side note, too, I keep finding it extremely hard to get attached to Otto as a hero. I know that’s the point of his character, more or less, but it’s frustrating to see him shifting blame to others. I want to be excited for his future, but as of now, I don’t think I can.
Overall, this issue still has the problems the previous one had, but still having the good things as well. I hope the next issue kicks things into gear, but I’m already tired of telling myself that. With only three issues left, they’ll have to go into double-time in order to deliver something good and satisfying. I really hope they don’t rely too much on tie-ins to fill in the gaps, but with Peter’s entire situation being dealt with in the new issue of Spectacular Spider-Man, I can’t help but feel like that will be the case. Hopefully when he comes in, the story will kick itself up a few notches.