Written by: Sean Ryan
Art by: Nico Leon
Colored by: Carlos Lopez
Lettered by: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: May 15, 2019
I am trying to grab, read and review all of the War of the Realms tie-in series and this is one I was looking forward to. I am a Sean Ryan fan and wanted to see what was up with Spidey here. Yea, I kinda thought this one was going to deal with saving Thor, but I am okay with something different so after reading War of the Realms #4, I jumped right in. Is this book good and necessary in the grand scheme of things? Let’s find out…
The issue opens in Nigeria with Spider-Man and the team driving (and running) and the first thing I thought was, “This looks pretty cool!” I really like the bright cartoony art style that Nico Leon and Carlos Lopez bring to the party, especially the cool character designs right off the bat. Yea, I didn’t know any of these guys and gals right away, but that’s what introductions are for, right?
Well, we get right to that, but I’m not sure if it’s because Spidey jokes his way through the roll call or the characters are just not that memorable, but after what was an extended intro, I only knew Screwbeard by name. That is a big problem!
We then find out what they are in Nigeria to do and how Spidey became the leader and again, I was very, very underwhelmed. That is pretty much how I felt through this entire issue, unfortunately. These tie-ins get limited space to grab the reader and prove their worth and this one never gets to that level.
Sean Ryan can write a really good Spider-Man and that’s the highlight of the issue, but everything else felt forced and rushed. There was no real tension to anything going on and when Spider-Man wins the day with diplomacy over fighting, it’s a nice moment that didn’t feel like it mattered anyway. The cliffhanger promises a reset to put the fighting back on top as the most important thing going, but by then, I’d already checked out.
This issue did not sell me on why I should think this is an big part of the War of the Realms Event and I don’t think I’ll continue with it from here. It felt too separated from the main storyline and besides seeing Malekith by the end, it’s filled with extraneous characters seemingly doing extraneous things. It does take place after issue #4 of the main book so maybe when the Event catches up to it, it will mean more, but for now, it doesn’t feel important.
While Sean Ryan gives readers a good Spider-Man here and the art is bright and fun, I can’t recommend it as an important part of the War of the Realms story. There are still a couple of issues left and maybe it will be more important as the main event continues, but right now, this one is a pass for me.