Spider-Ham #1(of 5) Comic Review
Writer: Zeb Wells
Artist: Will Robson
Colorist: Erick Arciniega
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Wendell Dalt
Variant Covers: Will Robson and Edgar Delgado; Inhyuk Lee; Arthur Adams and Edgar Delgato
What You Need to Know:
Spider-Ham, the spider bitten by a radioactive pig(yes I’m serious), has returned to his home Earth after many adventures saving the Multiverse alongside other alternate Spider-People in this new miniseries.
After an attack from “Moletron”, Spider-Ham expresses to the other animal-pun counterparts of Marvel heroes that he feels like things like this are beneath him after helping to save the Multiverse at least 2 or 3 times now in other big crossover events (Spider-Verse, Spider-Geddon, and Web-Warriors). So throughout the book he acts superior to everyone around him while naturally everyone else couldn’t care less and/or are incredibly annoyed by his constant talking. But towards the end of the book, an new threat presents itself to the pig-powered arachnid and his world, and it may just give him the thrill he’s been seeking!
Man I hope you like animal puns, because they’re everywhere in this book. Now that makes sense since on this world everyone is an animal, but wow they really, really love this joke. Some do get a chuckle out of me though, mainly the “Unhumanati”, this world’s equivalent to the Illumanati (long story short, a secret group of certain Marvel heroes who come together to make possibly world changing choices…. It never really works out).
But anyway, beyond the many animal puns, Spider-Ham himself is, well, pretty annoying. As every other character agrees, he’s annoying and egotistical because he helped save the multiverse. Near the end the Unhumanati even list off their grievances to him directly, but I will admit the one that did get a laugh out of me is that Black Colt, the Black Bolt equivalent, had to write his down because he can’t speak or he’d destroy everything.
The book is pretty boring in the first half for me, just nonstop animal puns and Spider-Ham being a jerk. But once the new mysterious threat arrives it does start to pick up speed and get more interesting. And Ham does actually apologize for being such an annoying jerk to everyone after they tell him how annoying he is, so he’s not a total annoyance. So while I’ not too into the story, the art however by Will Robson is very good, it suits the cartoony tone of Spider-Ham and his universe, being a sort of paroday/homage to Looney Tunes. But yeah overall it’s just… okay I guess.