Marvel Action: Spider-Man #1
• IDW (Publisher)
I haven't purchased a Spider-man comic in a few years now and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse releasing in a couple weeks I figured this was as good a time as any to check out a Spiderman book.
The issue focuses on Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy, and Miles Morales. They are all competing for an internship at the Daily Bugle that happens to be sponsored by Tony Stark.
As the characters are introduced to each other a group of mutated creatures begin attacking the city which leads to our hero springing into action to contain the threat.
Right off of the bat this comic is geared toward an all-ages audience that will more than likely be looking for more spidey content after Spider-Verse comes out. I don't mind all-ages stories but I probably won't follow this storyline beyond this issue. This Comic feels like the setup for Spider-man and his Amazing Friends 2.0 with Miles and Gwen standing in for Iceman and Firestar.
The characters are all pretty much what you expect them to be. If this was my first comic I wouldn't be terribly disappointed. The idea of Tony Stark possibly playing mentor to these characters did sort of rub me the wrong way though.
The art direction is very fluid and energetic with Ronda Pattison's colors being the MVP for the issue especially when Spiderman is in costume and doing his thing.
There is also a mystery setup within the issue that will clearly be investigated further in the next issue. As a back to basics, continuity lite Spiderman story I can't really find any faults. I have minor gripes but those are mainly me projecting onto a series in which I'm clearly not the target audience for.
The comic isn't bad, It's just not for me.