Avenging Spider-Man #1 by Ammar Al SubahiPublisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Zeb Wells
Artist: Joe Madureira
Colorist: Ferran Daniel
Overall: 4/5 stars
Premise: New York is under attack by moloids! Spiderman and (Red) Hulk are sent by the Avengers to take care of the problem.
Let me begin by saying that I have been a Spiderman fan for basically all my life. I won't bother you with the long version, so I'll just keep this short: I've been reading pretty much every Spiderman book for around 15 years, give or take. That was up until the "One More Day" arc, where Marvel editorial decided reboot the character back to being a 20-something bachelor who's struggling with girl problems and keeping a job ... just like he was doing some 20 years ago. I guess in essence Spiderman went through the comic book equivalent of a mid-life crisis. The Spiderman I grew up reading, who I followed through good times and bad, was now gone. So I simply decided not to continue reading this or any other Spiderman related book.
(Note: Don't like a book? Don't buy it. Vote with your wallet and spend money on books you actually appreciate!)
So just so you know, this is me going back to the character after years of not picking up any of his titles, but I'm going to try to be as objective as I can.
Yeesh! Let's just get on with the book, shall we?
We begin with the Avengers (Spiderman is now part of the Avengers, if you didn't know) taking on a bunch of AIM goons in some remote town. The AIM goons whip up a big giant robot, and Spidey feels like that's something way above his league (Believe in yourself, Spidey!!). After defeating the bad guys, Spidey tells the Avengers he needs a ride back home, and the Red Hulk -- Not THE Hulk, another Hulk. Who's red. Yes, red. -- draws the short straw and is forced to take him back. On their way back, Hulk calls Spidey a wuss, for wussing out on the robot attack (oooh, I wonder where this is leading!)
Meanwhile, moloids (little monsters who live underground) are running amok in New York. They kidnap J. Jonah Jameson (who's the mayor of NY now) and are taking him back with them to the underground. But our heroic duo turn up just in time to save the day! Or do they? Seems like the moloids have a few tricks up their sleeves...
What can I say? This was simply pure fun, and a very easy accessible read. It has its funny moments (I really liked the "not it" scene), and the overall tone is very lighthearted. I guess this book is going to play out as a Spiderman Team Up sort of book that's very episodic in nature and free of past continuity. And that's absolutely fine, it's an entertaining concept that's well executed in my opinion.
As for the art: Joe Mad(ureira) is a comic book legend. I love his artwork, I love the cartoony approach and the colourful -- well, colours -- courtesy of Ferran Daniel. Some say Joe Mad has lost it, I really don't get it. Did he use to be better before? I don't know, maybe? I don't care, I really liked his art here. It's perfect for this type of a book.
If you're looking for some fun superhero shenanigans with Spiderman, then this should be right up your alley.
I was originally going to give this a 3/5, but then I realized that I actually genuinely like this book. So I'm giving it a 4. Let's see if that's going to stick.