I LOVE NEW YORK CITY seems a little pointless but it’s fun nonetheless. We have four stories by different creative teams focusing on the impact of Spider-Island on four groups of people.
First up, Greg Rucka and Max Fiumara tell a tale of Tingling. Four thugs dressed as Spider-Man rob a bank, killing many people in the process. Suddenly, for no apparent reason, they begin to feel strange, almost sick. They are soon given a full explanation as to what Spider-Sense is when The Punisher shows up and puts a bullet in each of him. He walks away saying “It’s called Spider-Sense. Idiots.” If they knew that they might still be alive…
Kelly Sue DeConnick and Chuck BB tell take on Spider-Mom and her efforts to get a step ahead in life while dealing with keeping her kids safe while her hubby is away.
Joe Caramagna and Maw Fiumara join forces to spin Charlotte’s Webs. A few criminals take advantage of the madness distracting the heroes attention and attempt to rob a family of their possessions. They soon come face to face with a webslinger who gives them a run for their money and leave them hanging. And the webslinger, six year old Charlotte, gets a lesson in Great Power coming with Great Responsibility.
Finally, Skottie Young and Dave Guertin & Greg Baldwin of Creaturebox get cat scratch fever with 9 Lives! What begins as a dream of a webslinging feline fighting the evil Venom Pigeon, ends up being something much more innocent…or does it?
This was a very fun one-shot. A little pointless, yes, but it does serve a purpose. To often these in title events only focus on the big story. Since Spider-Island is about ALL of New York, it only makes sense to actually tell some of those stories. It really goes a long way to flesh this whole thing out. I’ve been disappointed after buying some of these type of tie-in one-shots before but this time, I’m glad I bought it. It’s a lot of fun and I’m glad the webslinging cat on the cover was explained!
In New York, when trouble comes a-knockin’ one of the first teams to answer the door is THE AVENGERS. In this one-shot we have Hawkeye, who really hates having Spider-Powers, Ms. Marvel and Jessica Jones as they try to get a handle on things. Unfortunately, they don’t have time to adjust to things as Flag Smasher and his Ultimatum (which actually stands for something) show up, naturally, with Spider-Powers and try to use them to take out the U.N.!
The three Avengers are vastly outnumbered but, have no fear, the legendary(?) Frog-Man (a fat guy in a frog suit) shows up to lend a hand! After so much serious handling of the Spider-Island concept, it was nice to have some fun with it. Hawkeye simply cannot get things to NOT stick to him and just hates the whole idea of having Spider-Powers, Jessica Jones has a lot of fun teasing him while he just gets more and more annoyed that everything seems to be sticking to him. Frog-Man and Ms. Marvel join in and it all comes down to Frog-Man stopping Flag Smasher with his unofficial super power. He throws up on him. There is nothing more to say about this. It was fun though and I don’t recall a ‘character being vomited on’ scene being so entertaining since Hitman threw up on Batman.
This was a fine interlude week for Spider-Island, a chance to kick back, see more of what’s going on and have some old school fun. As much as I liked it, though, I’m eager to get back to business!