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This may be a strange statement to make, but this issue - the epilogue to the Spider-Island event - is a pretty good starting point for someone jumping into Spider-Man's world. I've been holding back at picking up Spider-Man again because it's been in the middle of this event and I've been a little burned out on events this year with Fear Itself from Marvel and The New 52 from DC. But I've heard great things about this one, so I figured I'd go ahead and pick it up now instead of next month.
As a new reader I got a pretty good idea of what happened with the whole Spider-Island thing, but more importantly they established all the other things going on with Peter's life right now. The humor is abundant as all the heroes and other people that had been turned into giant spiders are waking up naked and trying to figure out what exactly to do next. It was nice to see Damage Control show up to help with recovery, it's been a while since I've seen them myself. We also get a glimpse of the Jackal showing up to nab some DNA from the giant Spider-Queen that was killed, apparently a clone of his was killed during the event as he was mixed up in it somehow. I have mixed emotions about his answer that he is a "mad scientist" and can get a "computer to do whatever he wants". It both annoyed me as a weak idea, but amused me that they just slap you in the face with it. Which somehow makes me accept it.
I think all of that was a pretty good re-introduction to the world of Spider-Man and I'm finally looking forward to getting back into the character that first got me into comics. I've heard that Spider-Island was great and if this issue is any indication then it probably was and I'll have to nab the trade. But for anyone like me wanting to jump in, now is the time.
Review by: Geek Readers