A Spider-Man book that’s really an X-Men book? It can happen, and it does, indeed, happen, in Marvel‘s new Uncanny Spider-Man #1. But how do the two flavors from writer Si Spurrier and artist Lee Garbett work together?
We reviewed the book on this week’s Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!
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Uncanny Spider-Man #1 Review:
In the wake of the Hellfire Gala, Nightcrawler is undercover in New York City wearing one of Spider-Man’s old costumes. Host Alex Zalben came out strong, saying, “This was my issue of the week. I absolutely love this.” Even though he was initially unsure of the idea, it “100% worked” because Nightcrawler’s current mix of humor and guilt perfectly dovetail with Spider-Man’s classic mix of the same.
Add in a new status quo for The Vulture that ties him to X-Men villains Orchis, and Silver Sable’s pseudo-Goblin Glider at the end, and, “I had an absolute blast reading this.”
Justin Tyler agreed, saying that in the book, “things progress from fun to fun, to fun,” and even noted that Uncanny Spider-Man feels “more Spider-Man” than the currently running Amazing Spider-Man title.
Uncanny Spider-Man #1 Official Synopsis:
THE NIGHTCRAWLING WALL-CRAWLER! On the darkest of days, he is the spark in the shadows! After the devastating events of the Hellfire Gala, Kurt Wagner is on the run – and having the time of his life?! Swashbuckling about NYC in disguise, the Uncanny Wallcrawler sets aside his mutant angst and dedicates himself to the hero’s life: saving civilians, hanging with fellow wallcrawlers, battling baddies, and hunting down the best pizza on the planet. But he can’t ignore the mutant plight forever… Si Spurrier and Lee Garbett launch a joyful, sexy series that will shake Nightcrawler to his foundations – and have a hell of a good time doing it!