The continuing saga of Dan Slott’s spider-epic Spider-Verse…uh, continues…with Part 3 in Amazing Spider-Man #11 with more spider-deaths, more spider-side-plots leading into other spider-books, some major spider-revelations, and some spider-cameos.
The issue starts with a fight between Our Spidey and time-displaced Superior Spider-Man to determine just who is in charge of this operation, and it just sort of feels like a waste of time, though all the other Spider-Folks just stand around and watch it happen. Once that’s all settled, Our Spidey starts making plans and checking in on the various sub-plots that have been happening in other books that aren’t Amazing Spider-Man. He then sends a few various teams off into other sub-plots, and goes along on one himself. He leaves Spider-UK in charge.
Meanwhile, Karn pops up again (!) and it turns out he’s been hunting spider-totems across the multiverse to prove himself worthy. About this time, Big Daddy Inheritor, whose name is Solus, decides he’s sick of Morlun moping around the Inheritor Manse and they decide to take the ‘safe-haven’ Earth of Cosmic Spider-Man, where all the other Spider-Peeps are currently hiding out, head-on. Uh-oh.
A lot of big plot points are revealed in this issue, some of which I’d assumed would have been dealt with in other books. The uneven pace of this story continues, and gets even more frustrating, since it’s hard to tell which important plot points will happen in a tie-in and which ones will be revealed in the main title. I almost wish I had waited for the whole story to be collected so I could have read it all at once.
Olivier Coipel is still on pencils, so the art is fabulous. There are five, count ‘em, five different inkers on this issue, including Coipel himself, but it’s because of the different looks of the various Earths that are visited in this installment. I’ll just say that the 60’s cartoon Earth is hilarious and sending Cartoon Ultimate Spider-Man there is doubly hilarious.
There were a lot less gags in this issue, and there are some dark story beats in this one, and that’s where the cracks in the pacing are most glaring. There is no time to deal with tragic turn #1 before it’s time for tragic turn #2 to happen. It’s like the event is moving too slow and too fast at the same time.
Oh, and if you haven’t learned by now, don’t get yourself attached to any of the Spider-Homies because Dan Slott can sense when you do. He’s like the George R.R. Martin of Spider-Man stories.
We’re about a third of the way through this event, and there have been some really cool moments and characters so far. I just wish it was shaping up to be a more consistent read. I will say that this one is a slight improvement over the last one, because at least something happens, but it suffers from sloppy execution.
CBH Score: 2.8 of 5.0
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