Story: Robbie Thompson
Pencils & inks: Todd Nauck
Colors: Veronica Gandini
Letters: VC’s Cory Petit
I’m not sure where a review like this falls. Is this a motion comic? Is this an early look at a cartoon? Is this a traditional comic? This Infinite Comic has all of these elements, yet it doesn’t fit neatly into any one category. There really is only one way to describe this: FUN. This is the Spider-Man that all of us have been missing in the regular Marvel titles. This is Peter Parker bouncing around, making jokes, fighting ridiculous villains, and giving us action until that sucker punch to the heart at the end of the title. This reading experience while somewhat new to me, is fulfilling in a way I didn’t expect, to see the facial expressions and art change with the click of a mouse (or tap of your finger) and seeing what was in my mind’s eye play out on the page was fun. It was more stop-motion-animation than anything.
I’m more of a traditionalist when it comes to comics. I like to have the book in my hands, but I’m not stuck in the past to the point where I can’t see the advantage of moving comics into this realm with the emergence of the digital age. This is a type of story telling that could only happen on your personal device. It belongs there. It just feels right. I’d like to hem and haw about how these new fangled contraptions are ruining the hobby, but to be honest it was a great way to consume what amounted to a great comic book story with decent art. The story has all the classic comic troupes that you want, a robotic dinosaur, time travel, a horde of pissed off Hydra agents. Throw in the modern-day Spidey and Silk; trading wise cracks, and this is an oddball flashback that somehow finds a way to be action packed and funny at the same time. Kudos to Marvel for trying something different, but I’m curious to see what kind of feedback that they are going to receive for the twist ending on this issue as Peter runs into a very important member of his family.
A certain someone who once told him a great line about power and responsibility. Yeah, that guy. Given that this is a time travel story, I don’t see a problem with Uncle Ben’s appearance in the story, but given Marvel’s track record as of late, in bringing long dead characters back to life, (Bucky I’m looking at you) you can’t help but wonder…would they dare? Would they have the stones to bring back the one Marvel character that should always and forever stay dead? I guess I’ll have to wait until the next fancy Infinite Comic to find out. Fun read. Good Story. Interesting execution. I’m in.