When it comes to real life, it’s impossible to know where our decisions could lead us down the line. For comic-book characters, there is always a possibility we can find out. Spider-man: Spider’s Shadow is an alternative take on the classic story.
That’s why I love comics, and even though some of the characters have stayed with us for decades, there’s a well of inspiration to draw from and shape these familiar characters in ways that are absolutely unfamiliar.
Spider-man: Spider’s Shadow is one such dream, where things happen differently. Imagine a world where the symbiote alien that attached itself to Peter Parker wasn’t forced to leave. A world where Eddie Brock is not Venom. Where the special suit Spider-man wore made him just as attached to it as it was to him.
Spider-man: Spider’s Shadow #1
The first issue of the new Marvel’s What if run reads very quickly. I finished the comic in as little as 15 minutes on the first read.
There is something about the atmosphere that draws you in. There’s a tension there. Sure, we know Peter Parker. We see there’s a slight edge to his behavior. Something feels off from the start.
I don’t want to spoil anything, and I won’t! Even so, Spider-man: Spider’s Shadow Peter is slinging towards a slippery slope. Towards the end of the first issue, I think there is no return for him.
It begins simple enough, the advanced suit Peter wears turns out to be a symbiotic alien life form. Turns out that there is a relationship there, the suit affecting the wearer as well.
Not heeding any warnings, Spider-man seems to embrace the added strength the suit gives him, as well as the growing aggression we readers can feel building up.
This is just the beginning, as we’ll be able to follow Spider-man’s journey to the dark side for several more issues. To be honest, I’m excited, as the next installment should be even better.
The minds behind the madness
The author of this story is Chip Zdarsky. I must say (as a fan) that so far he’s done a great job. For those who didn’t know, Chips Zdarsky is actually Steve Murray.
He created a pseudonym intended as a persona of a comic book writer and illustrator. There are some pretty serious and intense stories behind his name, and I suggest you check them out.
The drawings fit the tone to T. The colors are more subdued but are able to highlight the action when they need to. One thing I like is that some of the time there is only a suggestion of action.
We’re seeing a mostly blurred shape, but it can be inferred what the drawn person is supposed to do. We can’t see the details, but somehow our minds fill in the blank space.
This mostly applies to Peter in his Spider-man form, and I guess that’s intentional. We don’t yet know what he is or what he is becoming. Pasqual Ferry and Matt Hollingsworth are behind the drawing and coloring of the series.
What’s coming up next?
The second issue promises us even more tension. You can see that when you look at the cover of the comic book. I would say it draws inspiration from old slasher horrors. What with the predatory Spider-man looking for MJ who is hiding behind the doors – with a knife in her hand. I can’t wait to read it.