Divided We Fall (Spider-Geddon #3 Comic Review)
Writers: Christos Gage and Dan Slott
Pencillers: Carlo Barberi & Todd Nauck
Inkers: José Marzon Jr. & Todd Nauck
Colorist: David Curiel
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover Artist: Jorge Molina
Variant Cover Artists: Mike Hawthorne & Jordie Bellaire; Elizabeth Torque; Inhyuk Lee
Otto Octavius and Miles Morales are both putting together teams to take down the Inheritors once and for all, but can’t cooperate and work together. While Miles and his team want to put a stop to them without killing, Otto and his team are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. As the Inheritors attempt to awaken their father, which team will get to them in time? And could some of the Web-Warriors have agendas of their own?
With each issue that comes out, I find it harder and harder for me to get into this main story and rivalry between Otto and Miles. Upon reading this, I found myself wishing it was focusing on Kaine and his team in Spider-Force, or Peter buying time against Morlun in Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, or any of the other tie-ins. When the tie-ins are more interesting than the main book, and when the main book needs to rely on the tie-ins for the story to make sense, that’s when things need to be re-evaluated.
To say it’s all negative, though, would be lying, as I did find some enjoyment in this issue. It was nice to see all the other Spider-People from Edge of Spider-Geddon get their time to shine, especially Peni Parker, although it was brief. Again, Christos Gage writes great dialogue and interactions between the heroes, and them bouncing off of one another will always remain entertaining.The action is quite nice as well, especially towards the beginning and end, with the Leopardon being a major highlight.
Now, unfortunately, is where I must peel the layers and address a very important issue: managing the characters. This was something I talked about last time, and since it’s happened again here, I know I’m not just having a solo-Mandela-Effect. Throughout this issue, there are several points where a good amount of the Spider-People are just forgotten about in the mayhem, by both the artists and the writers. Characters like Miles and the Peter Parker from Renew Your Vows get forgotten about in the last few pages and panels, and all I can think is that it’s due to said artists and writers being rushed to get the book out onto the shelves.
I really don’t like to pick apart the art, especially since a lot of effort goes into it, but the new artists for this issue do a very average job overall. Looking at the art, it seems undeniably rushed, even awkward at times, and the best I can describe it as is a colored-in rough draft. I feel like that may be harsh to say, but I don’t know how else to describe it.
The thing that really made this issue a deal-breaker for me, though, was the Insomniac Spider-Man from Earth-1048. Spider-Geddon #0 had me so excited for his entrance into the canon of the comics, and despite being absolutely against killing in his game, he’s totally fine with aligning himself with Otto, who makes it very clear he wants to kill the Inheritors. To me, this is especially confusing since Christos Gage was a co-writer for the game, so for him to make this call is baffling to me. Even if it wasn’t his call, it’s still incredibly inaccurate to who that Peter is, and I really hope the next issue can rectify it.
Overall, Spider-Geddon #3 sadly continues the downward spiral of this event, which is really disappointing. There was stuff to enjoy, stuff that was admittedly good, and yet I don’t find myself feeling anything for it. It’s disappointing that the tie-ins are telling more interesting and compelling stories than the main one, and unfortunately, with two issues left, I’m not so confident about it picking up speed anymore.
Summary A disappointing issue that has some enjoyment in it, but overall continues the messy downward spiral of this event.