REVIEW: Twisty Fates in SPIDER’S SHADOW #5
Happy What If… Wednesday, Marvel Blog True Believers! In the final issue of Spider-Man: Spider’s Shadow by Chip Zdarsky, Pasqual Ferry, Matt Hollingsworth, and Joe Sabino, with a cover by Phil Noto, we see the conclusion of the story that takes place when Peter Parker doesn’t get rid of his symbiote suit!
If you’ve been following this story since the start (like we have, Marvel Blog True Believers), you know it’s been filled with twists and turns!
For one thing, it was originally only four issues, but it got expanded to five during its run.
In the penultimate issue of this miniseries, things looked pretty grim for the wall-crawler. But in the conclusive issue, he lands on a twist ending that makes perfect sense, even if we never would have seen it coming!
In fact, I’m considering this to be a best-case scenario for a What If…? story, because by the time this issue is finished, you’ll want more stories in the timeline. No spoilers, but this ending makes so much sense you’ll almost wonder why it never happened in the main continuity!
This issue also deserves a shout-out for its fantastic art.
Spider’s Shadow has had a cool retro aesthetic throughout its run, befitting the fact that it takes place in Peter’s past. In this entry, that idyllic nostalgia serves as a great backdrop for loads of symbiote action! The gruesome symbiotes look especially nasty when transposed over a storybook version of retro New York City!
More What If…? Please!
Overall, Spider’s Shadow was a great overture for the new line of longer What If…? stories from Marvel Comics. Not only am I looking forward to other, unrelated stories in this line, but I am also hopeful that we’ll one day get to see more of this intriguing storyline set into motion by Spider’s Shadow.
Did you get a chance to pick up Spider-Man: Spider’s Shadow #5, Marvel Blog True Believers? We want to know what you thought! Let us know what you think in the comment section.