So far, the Spiderman comic event Spider-Island has been somewhat disappointing. For one, Dan Slott continues to prove that he is not a good writer. The dialogue he gives the characters does not work at all and it is easy to think that he is still a rookie in the industry. For another, the art by Humberto Ramos sometimes makes it difficult to tell what is going on. Despite these obvious flaws, the latest issue, Part 5 of a 6 issue story arc, is actually an enjoyable read.
New York City has become infested. Someone, or something, is releasing a virus into the city and giving everyone Spider powers. Who or what is behind this shocking infestation? That is what Spiderman must figure out before it is too late. What he does not know is that this is just a small part of an even larger plot, one that, if successful, will destroy millions of lives.
Spider-Island provides readers with a fun new story that offers plenty of surprises, but the execution needs work. Marvel should have hired better writers(Jonathan Hickman or Matt Fraction anyone?) to tackle such an important story. The only good thing that can be said about Dan Slott’s storytelling skills is his ability to built suspense to such a degree that readers will be biting their nails. The end of this issue leaves fans waiting in agonizing suspense for the explosive conclusion, which will be released by the end of the month. The art will bother some readers, especially those who actually enjoy being able to tell who is doing what. This is particularly problematic in panels that contain intense action, of which there are plenty.
This issue in particular is a lot of fun. Some exciting things happen here, not the least of which being a popular Spidey character getting spider powers. On top of that, the cliffhanger at the end is very well done and definitely leaves us hanging.
Overall, Spider-Island has not been great, but if the final issue is as entertaining as this one, we are in for a satisfying and exciting conclusion.
3.5 out of 5 stars