Another beloved Spider-character in danger. Will May Day Parker make it out of Spiderverse alive?
“Adventures In Babysitting”
PLOT: Dan Slott
SCRIPT: Christos Gage
PENCILS: Giuseppe Camuncoli
INKS: Cam Smith
COLORS: Antonio Fabela
LETTERS: Chris Eliopoulos
“Edge of Spider-Verse: My Brothers Keeper”
WRITER: Dan Slott
PENCILS: Humberto Ramos
INKS: Victor Olazaba
COLORS: Edgar Delgado
LETTERS: Chris Eliopoulos
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Ellie Pyle
EDITOR: Nick Lowe
PLOT: This issue picks up precisely where the previous issue left off with Ms. Marvel, and Spider-Man fighting a super powered rage monster who is the fake evil Ms. Marvel. The team-up goes well with the two of them outmanoeuvring the beast, and stealing the cocoon. The cocoon hatches and it is revealed to be a baby! Ms. Marvel takes the baby to shelter as Spider-Man distracts the evil Kree. Unfortunately for Spidey the monster has laser vision, and launches him through a variety of cars. As her henchman slowly approach Ms. Marvel the one Henchman who previously mentioned having a past with Spider-Man last issue saves the day and the baby. Spider-Man uses his smarts to trick the evil Ms. Marvel monster to leave faking a call to the Kree Empire. Once the baby is back safe and sound with its parents, Spider-Man gets Ms. Marvel to go back to school, and its revealed the good Henchman was actually Clash. After a brief discussion Spider-Man gets Clash a job at Parker Industries to help his life turn around. The subplot of the story involves Silk who is attempting to look for apartments while working at the Fact Channel. The head of the Fact Channel discusses with Cindy Moon the desire to make Silk her channels speciality. Similar to how the daily bugle treats Spider-Man, her only issue? Silks costume. So naturally Silk gets a new costume from some weird place and has a big fight with The Ringer. Silk wins the fight, and wins over the Fact Channel.
The second section of this issue involves another Spiderverse villain, killing more Spider-totems. This time its in the MC2 universe with Peter and Mary Jane happily married, and their daughter May Day Parker has taken the mantel of Spider-Girl. We get introduced to Daemos who looks exactly like Morlun but he is bigger, and has his eyebrow pierced. As he holds May Day down and prepares to end her in the burning household, Peter slams into Daemos in order to lock him into an epic fight. Mary Jane gives May Day her little brother, and the two escape the burning building with the screams of Mary Jane and Peter languishing in the background. She is rescued by Superior Spider-Man’s spider squad. As she slowly fades away into the future she declares that she fully intends to kill Daemos as soon as she gets the chance.
STORY: Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this issue, and it has some controversial moments but they feel more natural to the story than last issue. For starters the Ms. Marvel team-up issue has a great follow through, and the fight scene feels like classic comic fare. The reveal of the henchman being Clash was a little let down. I would have preferred if Clash was brought back at a later date instead of so soon after Learning To Crawl, it makes his appearance seem like more of an advertisement than a natural storytelling development. Still it will be interesting to see where they take Clash in the future, hopefully he can play more of a Spider-support role in Parker Industries. Like a modern day pre-shed Curt Connors, as opposed to a “villain” who takes Parker Industries down from the inside.
Silks inclusion in this issue seems to be more set-up for her solo title that is coming soon. That being said her line about Spider-Woman’s costume not getting insulted is either a clever reference to the recent Spider-Woman issue #1 controversy, or an incredibly dumb line. WAIT a minute how does she even know about Spider-Woman? I guess the easy reference point would be either she appeared on one of her VHS tapes, or used Google but it still feels like an awkward reference. I do enjoy the costume change, as Silk’s original costume was terrible. It is also worth questioning who this version of the villain The Ringer is, as the last person to take up the mantle got brutally crippled during Superior Spider-Man.
Now for the big part of this story that will no doubt split the fandom in half. The death of Peter Parker, and Mary Jane from the MC2 universe. This is the last universe that has an identifiable Mary Jane, and Peter Parker in a happy marriage. For many fans of old continuity it was a sign of what they hoped would eventually become of our favourite web-slinging hero. While I do have a great sadness for the demise of a happy Peter, and MJ relationship I am okay with it occurring because it seems to have an actual storytelling purpose. Unlike the death of Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends this death directly affects May Day parker who is a major player in this epic spider crossover. It puts her in a place of anger that will no doubt be manipulated by the Superior Spider-Man for his own means. I feel like the big “nemesis” fights of Spiderverse will be as follows: Superior Spider-Man vs. Karn, The Amazing Spider-Man vs. Morlun, Spider-Girl vs. Daemos, and all the Spider-Men vs. Morlun’s Dad. It is nice to have different Spider-Totems that have anger directed at different members of the family, it will add to the dynamic of the group. My biggest complaint with the death of Peter and MJ is the design of Daemos. Daemos is very derivative of Morlun’s design and has little features to make him stand out from the crowd.