Spidey swings into new film, new sagasWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
“Does whatever a spider can”? Try “does whatever a comic book/film superstar will do!” The Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel Comics’ 50-year-old legendary hero, swings into a new film this week, but also manages to juggle several storylines in print. How does he do it? And how well does he do it? Glad you asked, true believers, because we went to a local Spidey expert to fill all the web-head’s fans in on his latest amazing adventures.
Monarch Cards & Comics manager Ed Katschke said that not only is the web-slinger facing off against his old foe The Lizard in “The Amazing Spider-Man” film, but also in the pages of his long-running comic book.
“I’m sure that it’s strictly coincidence that the Lizard is also the Big Bad for the new movie,” said Katschke, tongue planted firmly in cheek. “As per usual, writer Dan Slott does a wonderful job at tying up the loose threads from his previous story arc, pushing along various subplots involving supporting characters and giving us a slam-bang opening to this new arc, ‘No Turning Back.’ Ably assisted by artist Giuseppe Camuncoli, Slott has crafted a singularly creepy story and, unlike a lot of telegraphed plot twists, the surprise ending lives up to its promise.”
But wait, that’s not all! Marvel is also pushing a mashup between not only Spider-Man … but Spider-Man, too. “Spider-Men” brings about the long-awaited team-up between the wall-crawlers of two worlds.
“Last year, the ‘Ultimate Universe’ Peter Parker heroically sacrificed himself to save his friends and family and he was quickly replaced with a new teenage Spider-Man by the name of Miles Morales,” Katschke said. “Well, after years of purposely keeping their two distinct universes separate, writer and ‘Ultimate Universe’ architect Brian Michael Bendis has finally brought the ‘regular’ Marvel Universe Peter Parker across the dimensional divide to team up with his younger counterpart. ‘Spider-Men’ has so far been a fun and entertaining comic and Bendis is clearly having a blast showcasing this historic meeting. Regular Ultimate Spider-Man penciler Sara Pichelli’s manga-esque style is perfectly suited to the story and Bendis has crafted a clever explanation as to how these two characters can meet and detailed the unexpected connection the two worlds have in common.”