Spider-Man: India #1

Writer: Suresh Seetharaman, Sharad Devarajan, Jeevan J. Kang Artist: Jeevan J. Kang Publisher: Marvel Comics Critic Reviews: 4
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  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Nov 21, 2004

    In the end, its difficult to say whether Id really continue to buy this title. As with Ultimate Spider-Man, Im too much of a regular continuity fan to really embrace a new imagining on the same level, no matter how original the concept, but as Im not really the target market for the book then that shouldnt bother Marvel too much. Hopefully - as Devarajan says in his endearing afterword - Indian readers really will get a kick out of Spidey represented as an Indian youth, living in Mumbai and climbing famous Indian landmarks. With more-than-capable creators apparently at the helm, the series deserves to be as huge a success in India as possible, and I hope Marvel continues to be as broad-minded about its properties in future rather than churning out another dull summer event (Avengers, anyone?) next year. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shaun Manning Nov 21, 2004

    Spider-man: India is valuable for its cross-cultural appeal, bringing a young-reader-friendly introduction to Indian culture through one of the worlds most recognizable icons. In future volumes, maybe X-Men: Egypt or Incredible Hulk: Cahokia, perhaps Marvel will see fit to skip over the origin story, which shows only how the hero adapts himself to the world, and instead showcase how familiar yet foreign characters can change the world. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Deeley Nov 21, 2004

    Overall, Spider-Man: India is another retelling of Spider-Mans origin. Weve seen it all before. Granted its done well, but I dont think it warrants all the hype. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Bob Agamemnon Nov 21, 2004

    In terms of execution, Jeevan J. Kang is a capable artist and a concise story-tellera welcome sight in the land of the six-part story arc. The low bullet score is certainly not a condemnation of his skills. But Spider-Man: India #1, for American audiences, is at best a retelling of a familiar story with little real insight, and at worst a piece of exotica condescending to the culture it represents. Marvel would do better to develop a more honest approach to bringing global culture to its domestic readership. Read Full Review

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