Like Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben once said, “with great power must come great responsibility,” and that’s something you should be aware of when you pick up Chip Zdarsky’s Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1. You must willing to take responsible of the silliness you will read.
In honor of Spider-Man: Homecoming having recently came out last Friday (and since I won’t be seeing it this month), let’s talk about the new Spider-Man series Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 by Chip Zdarksy and Adam Hubert because why not!
Now, this is apparently a companion series to the currently running Peter Parker Spider-Man series, The Amazing Spider-Man, by—rhymes with—Pan Klott. (I don’t want to sully by blog with his name because I don’t like him for a myriad of reasons.) I bet you’re going ANOTHER ONE?! Because oh lord, do we really need another Spider-Man comic? Especially one about Peter Parker? There are already a ton of those comics. How are you supposed to follow them?
I’m quite surprised I willingly picked up this Spider-Man comic, not about Miles Morales), and the reason is Chip Zdarsky. He’s the only reason why I want to read Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man because I’m mainly hoping he pokes fun at Peter Parker.
And does this live up to the high expectation I hold Zdarsky to? Yes. Yes it does.
FIRST THOUGHT (after I read through the issue once through): PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN (BLERGH A MOUTHFUL) IS FUN!!!
I cannot tell you what the other Peter Parker comics are like, but holy hell, I’m very surprised by how much I enjoyed this. There’s so many things to love about it:
- SELF-AWARENESS!!! This issue acknowledges how everybody is tired of Peter Parker’s origin story. It’s always retold again and again until you just don’t want to hear it again. #1 pokes fun, and it’s like “yeah, yeah Peter Parker, blah blah blah. NEXT!” (also, the fact that Peter find superhero movies unrealistic makes me laugh so hard.)
- This is fun Peter Parker. He’s loving life and having fun. He’s superheroing to his heart’s content. HE HAS A THWIP-LIST!! He hasn’t been jaded nor is he rolling around in sadness or anger. I need that! (I’ve been burned out by superhero comics that are super serious and angry.)
- #1 has lots of appearances from our favorite superheroes—Johnny Storm (he and Peter Parker are buds!!!), Ant-Man (who comes to Spider-Man’s rescue), and Sam Wilson (Captain America *salutes*).
- The writing in this is EVERYTHING. I keep using “it’s a lot of fun” and it is! It pokes fun at so many things—Spider-Man, superheroes, modern technology, dating. You name it, nothing’s safe with Zdarsky behind the writing helm.
Would I continue reading Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man? Yes! I’m liking what I’m reading. Who knew I would actually enjoy reading about Peter Parker?
The webslinging, wallcrawling wonder returns to New York City in the all-new PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN. A companion series to the best-selling Amazing Spider-Man series, Peter Parker is going back-to-basics for big heroics in the Big Apple. Featuring adversaries old and new, be there as Spider-Man returns to his friendly neighborhood for his never ending battle against crime and the dreaded “Parker Luck”. — Marvel Comics