Comic Issue Review 86/365: Generations – The Spiders

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My week of reviewing pull list #1’s continues!  For the next three days, I’ll be reviewing titles from Marvel Generations: a ten one-shot anthology written and drawn by some of the best teams in the business, celebrating the best of past, present, and future characters, and the stories that connect them.  Of course, I have to start with the Spider-Man book!

Title: The Spiders: Generations 

Author(s): Brian Michael Bendis, Ramon Perez, and Msassyk

Publisher: Marvel Comics (2017)

Age Rating: 10+

This issue tosses us into the perspective of Miles Morales as he suddenly finds himself in a random washroom, in a strange outfit, wondering what the heck is going on.  BUT, he is wearing his Spider-Suit under his clothes, so no fear, we know that he is still a Spider-Man.  He exits the washroom and smashes right into a college-aged Peter Parker, sending books and papers everywhere!  Miles, of course, knows who Peter is, but Peter has no clue who Miles is.  While Miles desperately attempts to figure out what happened, he proceeds to his house, where he watches a younger version of himself meeting Ganke for the first time.  It’s pretty cool.  Then he goes back to talk to Peter at his house, and throughout their interaction, fans get some cool little Easter eggs and yet another memorable Peter Parker bedroom conversation.  I’ll leave it there as far as plot goes.  If I’ve sparked your interest, go read it!  You won’t be disappointed.

The art feels classic Spider-Man, but even cooler than the art is the way in which Bendis captures the dialogue of Peter and Miles.  As a fan of both Spider-Men (although Miles is my guy), I can safely say that readers or either Spider-Man will not be upset with the characters’ portrayal.  Quite the opposite, actually.  If you are keeping score of the Generations one-shots, and you are looking for Marvel Universe accuracy, the writing and the art here are spot on!  You might actually even catch the page/panel layouts of classic Spider-Man in contrast with the more modern non-symmetrical, more open page layouts of the Miles Morales run.  It’s neat to watch the creators play with the juxtaposition of old and new!

Happy reading!

Eric

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