Writers: Christos Gage and Dan Slott
Pencillers: Jorge Molina, Carlo Barberi, Stefano Caselli, and Joey Vazquez
Inkers: Jay Leisten, José Marzan Jr., Stefano Caselli, and Joey Vasquez
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover Artist: Jorge Molina
Variant Cover Artists: RB Silva and Andres Mossa; Vanesa R. Del Rey; Inhyuk Lee
As the Inheritors look to enact their endgame, Miles and his team call upon the Enigma Force for help, while the Spider-Man of Earth-1048 tries to stop Otto from going too far. But as it turns out, not everything is as black and white as it seemed. As the event of Spider-Geddon draws to a close, the Web-Warriors face their last stand against Solus and the Inheritors. Can they finally put an end to their reign of terror for good?
This event has been, to the best I can describe it, a car crash in slow motion. It started off seemingly strong, only to tumble down the longer it went on, and the more and more it relied on its tie-ins. The main books have been downright boring and painful at times to go through, while the tie-ins offered some much more interesting stories that would’ve flourished much more had they been separated from the event. Well, now all of them have wrapped up, and we’re finally here at the very end. Needless to say, it ended exactly how I expected: ridiculous, rushed, and with a complete lack of focus all around.
I want to at least mention the good stuff, because it’s unfair to say that the whole issue wasn’t fun. I’m glad that the majority of this book was non-stop action, and there were some genuinely cool moments, especially between Captain Universe (whose identity I won’t spoil) and Solus.
There’s also some really good character moments, especially between Earth-1048/Insomniac Spidey and Superior Spidey. The way their arc comes to an end is genuinely touching, albeit rushed. Also, we get some genuinely fun cameos that, although they don’t make much sense, are pretty cool to spot out.
But unfortunately, the rest of it repeats the exact same issues that the other four books had. The art is good, but has far too many cooks in the kitchen, since around seven people are working on the pencils, inks, and colors. All these different styles don’t blend well at all, and make each page a strain to read through.
Character motivations still feel incredibly messy, especially close to the end in terms of how it all wraps up. When I fully realized what had actually happened, I felt utterly flabbergasted. Jumping the shark isn’t something alien to comics at all, but this felt like a whole new level to that idea. I don’t quite know if I can describe my reaction as hysteric laughing, but it’s definitely close.
Lastly, there was no sense of necessity for this event after everything was all said and done. The only reasons for it to exist were seemingly to prop up Miles and Into the Spider-Verse, set up The Superior Spider-Man, rename Spider-Gwen as Ghost-Spider, and above all, to be a cash-grab. The thing is, there’s no shame in these things being reasons for the event’s existence at all, but if they are gonna be the driving forces, you have to fill in the gaps and at least make it appear as if it exists because there’s an interesting story to be told. Nobody involved, except for those in charge of the tie-ins, seemed to care enough about making this a compelling story. So if they don’t care, why should we?
Overall, this final issue of Spider-Geddon wasn’t one-hundred percent garbage, it had enough to at least be enjoyable, but this event as a whole has just been exhausting. Even though it only lasted for two months, it felt far longer, and was far too overblown. The ending may have set up a sequel, but after grinding through this for the past few months, I honestly really hope it’s left on the drawing board. Or at the very least, until someone better-equipped comes along to handle it. Farewell, Spider-Geddon, I will not miss you in the slightest.