Spider-Man, Spider-Man, why are there so many damn Spider-Men? Can he carry his own series? Only with 5,000 tie-ins oooooh ooooh here comes the Spider-Verse
“Spider-Verse Part Five: Spider-Men: No More”
WRITER: Dan Slott
PENCILER: Giuseppe Camuncoli
INKER: Cam Smith
COLORS: Justin Ponsor
LETTERS: Chris Elliopoulos
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Devin Lewis
EDITOR: Nick Lowe
PLOT: The issue begins with the inheritors recapping everything that’s happening in those tie-in books you probably haven’t read. As the inheritors plead for forgiveness for all of their failures Solus appears un-phased stating that soon they can do the ceremony that will kill every Spider-Totem. From here we get the back story on ole Uncle Ben who had his Peter and May killed by his universe’s Green Goblin causing him to go into hiding while the world around him burned. Ben reveals that a crazed Otto Octavius was the reason for the world’s downfall. While the Spider’s attempt to deceiver the scrolls Silk slips away with Spider-Gwen in order to save Spider-Woman (who is being attacked by pirates on Loomworld). While Otto looks at the scrolls he discovers that Peter Parker Spider-Man is from the future and not the past. It is revealed that Spider-Girl from 616 can read the scrolls due to her totem powers. Spider-Man splits the teams into two sending one team to go and recruit Karn (reading Spider-Verse Team-Up #3), and the other half is going to do an assault on the inheritors. From the scrolls they discover that a ceremony must be done that sacrifices the scion, the bride, and the other in order to wipe out all of the Spider-Men. 616 Peter contacts Kaine advising him to stay out of Loomworld so they cannot complete the ceremony. Kaine shrugs off Peter’s request due to the death of Ben Reilly (in Scarlet Spider’s #3) and goes full out Spider-God mode on the inheritors. Kaine manages to lay a killing blow on Solus (they cannot be revived due to Ben Reilly blowing up the inheritors cloning facility), and an angry Morlun apparently kills Kaine bringing his body up in order to commence the ceremony. Back in the bunker 616 Peter notices that Silk is missing and discovers she is on Loomworld. Silk is comfronted by Lady Verna and her army of Goblins. 616 Peter calls everyone, and before they leave to the final battle a rousing speech from the Superior Spider-Man is made in order to get Uncle Ben back on his feet in order to commence the final battle.
STORY: This is the issue that proves above all else that if you want to understand Spider-Verse you need to read the rest of the miniseries associated with the event. If you are just reading Amazing Spider-Man you will be confused as hell reading this issue. The inheritors are talking about failures, and the last issue featured them with the Spider’s still on the ropes. Not to mention next issue when a reformed Karn comes out of nowhere in order to save the day. So in summation this issue has some great parts, and sections but you need the other issues in order to make the emotional beats work.
First lets rattle off the amazing things about this issue. The realization that Otto Octavius is the Peter Parker of the past is really interesting, and kind of heartbreaking. This is the turning point for Otto, and I feel as if it makes the end of Superior resonate more. Otto now knows he is battling the one enemy he can’t defeat, time. This makes his speech at the end to Uncle Ben that much more moving, and inspiring. Otto’s insistence that you only need to win “once” is the tale of his life. Otto realizes that this is his one victory, he is living the reality of his only triumph and he is going to make it count. This is one of the many great speeches this issue has. The interaction between Spider-Man india, and Spider-Man UK is fantastic it really sheds a light on two characters who we may never see again after Spider-Verse.
Silk is interesting in this issue as it seems she has found her own little group of Spider-Pals within the larger scope of Spider-Verse. The only issue is that she may never have these characters to bounce off of in the future. Who else but our beloved Spider-Gwen can say all the things that we’ve been preaching about Silk these past few issues. It was also nice to see Spider-Girl of the 616 have some use other than being there for the sake of being there. It would be interesting to see if this is her only moment in the series, as there doesn’t seem to be much else she would be able to do.
Now the bad. Okay so Solus can take on CAPTAIN FREAKING UNIVERSE but he gets taken out in one shot by the Other. HOW INSANELY POWERFUL IS THE OTHER? Apparently not much because Morlun then takes out the Other with ease. It is certainly surprising but it really confuses the power levels of the inheritor family. If Morlun can defeat the Other who defeated Solus does that mean it would be theoretically possible for Morlun to have absorbed the energies of Captain Uni-Spidey we may never know. Moreover why is the scene where the Spider-Friends recruit Karn not in this issue? It seems like this has to be the biggest redemption arc in the Spider-Verse series and they shuffled off its beginning into Spider-Verse Team-Up #3. Also the prophecy for the inheritors doesn’t make a lot of sense. The prophecy says that they must destroy all of the spiders with a ceremony in order to stop the spiders from overthrowing their empire. Yet its been stated time, and time again that they need the spiders in order to feast upon them. So their goal is to completely eliminate their food source? It also makes absolutely no sense for the prophecy to have a timeline, since when Anya read it she states the Spider’s will kill the inheritors in a thousand years. A THOUSAND YEARS FROM WHAT? They have the ability to jump through time and space, they are like a bunch of evil Victorian Doctor Who’s time should have no bearing on them whatsoever.
Overall a fun issue that fits well into the story as a whole, but make sure you read everything else in order to full understand what is happening. My prediction for next issue is that Morlun puts on a Spider-Suit at some point in order to have a big final showdown with our Peter Parker.
ART: Enjoyable art that again has some fun little details that flesh out the characters. For example the earrings on Spider-Man India.