Jude Terror takes a look at Siege: Spider-Man, by Outhouse favorite writer Brian Reed!
Credits & Solicit Info:
COVER BY: Marko Djurdjevic
WRITER: Brian Reed
PENCILS: Marco Santucci
INKS: Marco Santucci
Siege: Spider-Man pits Spider-Man against Venom, courtesy of Brian Reed and Marco Santucci! One-Shot/$2.99
IN STORES: April 21, 2010
I'm one of those guys that pledged to buy and read every Siege tie-in book, since I'm enjoying the event so much, but even so, I wasn't expecting anything mind-blowing from the one-shot tie-ins that were coming out this month. I also had no idea, when I opened up Siege: Spider-Man, that it was written by one of my favorite writers, Brian Reed! So while I was anticipating a standard, simply adequate filler story, I ended up getting Brian Reed delivering one more dose of the magic that made Ms. Marvel a must-read book!
The story follows the path of all of the one-shots so far, focusing on a few characters with the climactic end-battle of Siege as a backdrop. In this case, the characters are Venom, Spider-Man, and Ms. Marvel! The story gives us a three way battle between the characters, as Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel fight Venom, the symbiote jumps on to Ms. Marvel and fights Spider-Man, and finally Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel finish off Venom. It's your standard fight plot, but what really stands out is the interaction between the characters, which is something Reed excels at!
First of all, it's interesting to see the mindset of Venom. Like many of the villains in Siege, as Captain America and the Avengers fight Norman Osborn, Venom has accepted that the Dark Reign is over and it's now simply a matter of having as much fun as possible before a hero punches his lights out. As for Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel, we are able to explore a little bit of the romance between the two that first popped up in Reed's Ms. Marvel series. As Reed said in our interview with him, this is the way little stories like a date between Peter Parker and Carol Danvers grow into a lasting part of continuity! Hopefully this romance continues on that, and develops slow burn style for years to come.
We also get to see a little bit of Peter's insecurity in teaming up with the recently returned big-name Avengers, a departure form the street-level team he's spent a lot of time on. Luckily, Carol is there to give him a boost to the old self-confidence! Yes, that's right, all of this character development happened in a tie-in one-shot. Thank you, Brian Reed!
The art by Marco Santucci is absolutely solid. Santucci is a newcomer to Marvel who has worked on some issues of X-Factor, and I have to say his art is beginning to make an impression. His work has strong foundations, and if he develops into an unmistakable signature style, I see big things in his future. The colors are also fantastic here, and help the art to come alive.
All in all, this book was a pleasant surprise, not because I didn't expect much from the team, but because I wasn't even aware such a fantastic team was creating this book! It was a pleasure to see the Spider-Man/Ms. Marvel romance pick up more steam, and amazing as always to watch Brian Reed do one of the things he can do like no other writer, which is to create substantial, memorable side stories in the context of big events. Reed is a future master, and if you missed this book, pick it up this week at the store!
Rating: BUY IT! (Yes, I'm going to be using a new rating system from her on out. No numbers.)
My rating scale:
BUY IT - You have to read this for the foreseeable future.
TRY IT - Worth at least a few issues.
WAIT FOR IT - Pick this up in trade if it lives up to its potential.
SKIP IT - Spend your money on something better.