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Spider-Man: Spider-Island Paperback – October 3, 2013
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The story started off very good, introducing elements from the past but after the prologue the story is a bit uneven sometimes diverging from the main plot so Mary Jane can develop spider powers for a little while.
I have the Comixology digital copy and there is an epilogue at the end and it has fantastic art. This book might rate 4 and 1/2 stars if the epilogue art was the main art throughout the book.
For those wondering what Spider Island is about, here's a brief summary. Jackal has created a way to recreate the incident that originally gave Peter Parker spider powers. He has put a formula into millions of bed bugs, so that when someone is bitten by these bugs, they start to develop spider powers similar to Peter's. It is fun watching members of the Spider-cast acquire spider powers, particularly Carlie and MJ. One of the biggest surprises for me while reading this book was that the spider powers were only the beginning. The Jackal created a next step in the mutation which turned all of the civilians with spider powers into actual giant spiders. It is at this point the Avengers and other heroes become most heavily involved in defending Manhattan, as the virus has been quarantined on that island. For some reason, that isn't well explained, if a hero already had a superpower, they were immune to this new spider virus (which eventually becomes airborne so that the entire population is infected.
Reading this volume helped me get caught up on what was happening in recent history in the Spider-universe. I was unaware that Eddie Brock had moved on from being Venom into a new character named Anti-Venom. Even though he looks just as scary, he seems legitimately good. He was even one of the main heroes that helped put an end to this whole mess. The new Venom is now Flash Thompson, and he is an agent of the military. I liked both of these "Venoms" quite a bit in this story.
The mysterious big bad pulling the strings, and ordering Jackal around was someone called The Queen. I've never read anything with her in it in the past, though I learned she has a past connection to Captain America (who also played a significant role in this story - kind of). She seemed to be all-powerful, with a massive power-set, so I'm surprised that I haven't heard of her before.
This massive book collects Amazing Spider-Man #666-673, Amazing Spider-Man: Infested, Spider Island: Deadly Foes, and Venom #6-9. Although I appreciate how much Marvel included in this volume, there were times where I felt like momentum was lost in the overall story-telling because of how much there was to wad through in the reading of different characters' storylines. It was actually this that held me back from giving it the full 5-star rating.
A small nitpick is that the green Hulk is featured on the cover of this book, but never shows up in the story. Red Hulk is there, so, like I said, this is just a small nitpick.
I'm so excited to read more about Kaine in the Scarlet Spider volumes. He is a great character, and it will be nice to have him around during the Superior Spider-Man saga.
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God! I got this only because I like Agent Venom but the story sucks.Read more