The Spider #1

The Spider #1

Writer: David Liss Artist: Colton Worley Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: May 2, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12
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One of the greatest pulp characters of all time is now re-launched into the 21st century! The world knows Richard Wentworth as a decorated war hero and the son of a wealthy industrialist - but only a few confidants know the truth. As New York City slides into violence and despair, Wentworth has transformed himself into a force of justice as The Spider! With only his wits, his technology, and his pistols to aid him, he fights a one-man war against crime, but when a mysterious new villain threatens the city with an unspeakable horror, it may be more than even The Spider can handle. How far will a sane man go to restore order to an insane wo more

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson May 3, 2012

    This issue is a great introduction to The Spider for new readers (or dilettantes like me), setting our stage, giving us his methods, his history and his fascinating world-view in the space of a single issue. It's not a traditionalist take on the character, but it seems to be a faithful update of the pulp hero, setting him firmly in the present and making him work in that setting. The art is beautiful throughout the issue, and The Spider himself looks phenomenal in action. I was worried about some of the cover images, as the red/black web motif made me worry that the creators were taking a bit too much from Wentworth's cultural offspring, Spider-Man, but the balance of this issue is just right. The Spider #1 hits all the right notes, and makes the rare jump straight into my pull list, earning 5 out of 5 stars overall, and serves as a perfect example of relaunch done right... Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring May 2, 2012

    I was blown away. I had no expectations for this book, and I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but all-in-all, I loved The Spider. This book has a great story and a great character, and I loved the gritty noir tone this book has. I cannot wait to read future issues. David Liss does a great job at keeping this book new reader friendly, and Colton Worley's art was fantastic for this book. Liss and Worley are a great team. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fanboy Buzz - TaliAdina Apr 30, 2012

    The story was engaging and a huge start for this series. Readers will definitely want to pick up issue two. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geekality - Josh Pierce Apr 30, 2012

    This issue is a must read, and as much as I would love to divulge more than just saying it's great I really can't as any detail could ruin the issue for you, and I won't do that. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker May 4, 2012

    If you like dark and surly crime noir, villains like The Cholera King and The Silver Falcon, and a strange psuedo zombie mystery, not to mention twisted emotional entanglements, asshole cops and a lot of smoldering cigarettes, The Spider is your book. And if you're not sure about any of that, just take a good gander at how cool this guy looks. It's undeniable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene May 7, 2012

    Excellent first effort and I can't to see what happens next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay May 5, 2012

    "The Spider" #1 is a fantastic slice of action and world building. It's bleak and it's harsh but it's all in service of the story and not just for the sake of it. Liss has previously shown some really good writing prowess and here it is capitalized upon. Read the first four pages and see if I'm wrong. I just found my new favorite pulp comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar May 8, 2012

    Accompanying this excellent first issues' script is some very suitably grim and shadowy art by Colton Worley who really does a nice job with the tone of the pages and the way the pages flow from top to bottom. His panoramic and splash pages in particular look spectacular and it is his rendering of The Spider himself that really steals the show here Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey May 3, 2012

    David Liss does a fine job with the script. Most of the characters are fine and the dialogue is good. The problem is, The Spider just isn't very interesting. As a character, he is kind of boring. He's a rich playboy that also works a consultant for the police and midnights as a superhero. He hates the crime and filth that have infected the city. That's it. There you go, that's The Spider. If we are going to keep with this series, we need more than that. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal May 5, 2012

    This is a solid first issue; it’s not great by any means which was a bummer. I was bored by the story and just the weird details that were covered with Richard aka The Spider’s life and past. I honestly wanted to see him spend more time stopping crime than talking, but that didn’t happen. Also the variety of the crimes seemed very limited and with so many of the same crimes shown over and over it started to lose its meaning. It was better than I expected, but there is this nagging feeling that it could have been and should have been a lot better. At least Dynamite didn’t give him a gritty voice and have him whisper in some guy’s ear, “I’m the Spider.” I guess that could have infringed on two different copy rights, but Dynamite is good at “working” around copy rights so maybe it will still happen. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran May 3, 2012

    Each character looks like they're highly rendered photos that are dropped onto the panel, rather than a living element in the story. Even during moments of intense action, if it doesn't actively include the Spider, the art just doesn't pop. Which is a real shame, because Worley has the look of the Spider down, sadly, he lives in a world that doesn't look real. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia May 26, 2012

    Liefeld has his fans, and they'll probably like this book. But for the rest of us, it's like Bob Dylan's Christmas album without any of the confidence to go completely crazy (like this), and yeah, without any of the past glories. Youngblood could have been something deliriously loopy, but it makes the mistake of caring what you think. Read Full Review

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