The Good We Could Do (Edge of Spider-Geddon #3 Comic Review)
Edge of Spider-Geddon #3
Writer: Jason Latour
Penciller: Tonci Zonjic
Inkers: Tonci Zonjic & Brahm Revel
Colorists: Tonci Zonjic & Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Tonci Zonjic
Variant Cover: Cully Hamner & Ian Herring
Edge of Spider-Geddon is a comic mini-series written and illustrated by various writers and artists. It explores the Spider-People of different universes, some old and some new, all leading to this fall’s highly anticipated event, Spider-Geddon.
As the clock ticks closer to Spider-Geddon, we find ourselves in a new universe where both Peter and Ben Parker operate as Spider-Men. After getting shot by a mugger, Ben gets a blood transfusion from his nephew, leading to him getting powers identical to Peter’s. The two begin to fight side by side against crime as partners, but as their situations start to become more dire, Ben wants Peter to get out of the Spider-Business. Given how much being Spider-Man with his Uncle means to him, how will young Peter react?
Even though the previous issues were written by different writers, both were very straight-forward in their storytelling. As one-off stories, and prequels to Spider-Geddon, they worked very well. This one, however, is downright all over the place, as a one-off and as a prequel. To start with what I liked, however, the art was definitely very well done, being somewhat reminiscent of the Japanese live-action Spider-Man. Whether or not it’s entirely fitting for this story, I’m not sure, but overall it was very solid. I really liked the relationship and banter between Peter and Ben, their personalities were good contrasts for one another and made them both different from each other and the main versions we know of, but still being familiar in some ways. The emotion of the story was handled fairly well too, invoking themes of how we can’t choose our time, and how we need to make the most of it, prevalent in the Doctor Strange (2016) film.
Unfortunately, however, time itself is what leads me to talking about the bad in this issue. The pacing is just all over the place with this story, it jumps back and forth between past and present-ish, and never seems to focus on telling a coherent story about these new versions of Peter and Ben. We get a sense that Peter is somewhat of a hot-headed troublemaker, but all of a sudden in the next couple of pages, he’s all about responsibility, without any flow to show this change. Ben appears to be telling the entire story at a bar, but it starts to talk about events in comics that we haven’t even read yet, which only causes even more confusion with the story. Ben implies that something bad happened, or is going to happen (from our perspective) to them, but it all goes by so fast to the point that I have no clue what exactly he was talking about. It’s a struggle to get a grasp on this story and these characters, and by the end of it, all I felt was confusion.
Overall, this issue was very incoherent, but not downright terrible. There was some good art and character moments, but to me, it didn’t work as a one-off, and it didn’t work as a prequel. Hopefully by the time Spider-Geddon comes around, this story of Peter and Ben will all make sense, because this concept is too good to just be left in a hot mess.
Summary A lackluster one-off and prequel that has some merit, but overall fails at introducing these new versions of Peter Parker and Uncle Ben.