Writer: Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum
Art: Emilio Laiso, Rachelle Rosenberg, VC’s Travis Lanham, and Skan
Release Date: November 20, 2019
Well, after the last issue, I am actually really glad to be jumping into this one! It might actually be the turning point for me to get psyched up for this Universe of whatever it is they are planning with this reality. If I was Marvel, I would really be hoping this mini-series knocks the ball out of the park from here on out because then you start setting up more and more things to make it a big thing…yes, I’m hinting at it becoming the next Ultimate Universe. I know that’s a lot of wishing and hoping, but you have to dream big, right?
We open up this issue with Peter trying to save Haley because just like Alicia Keys said, that girl was on fire! Unlike Katniss Everdeen, Haley’s fire act wasn’t just for the show. (Hey doing a Spider-Man review, you might as well make some pop culture references).
But what we learn about Spider-Man’s new suit here is that Spidey is super-super fast now. He is so fast that he is practically a ghost! It does make Peter’s problem and advice kind of look bad right now, especially when it is all about Haley’s speed. Of course, Peter always is using his brains and he does come up with a solution…However, in order to make it, it takes ten seconds in real-time time. It’s kind of like the Dexter’s Laboratory episode in which Dexter slows down time and has one minute to get ready. We see Petey solve a crime, get some groceries and solve another crime (a nice callback to issue one). I would have liked a couple more scenes since it really shows how Hallum does his Spider-Man.
The big question of whether or not the solution worked is just thrown at the reader in the end. It’s a shame because this issue had some cool things going for it, but then ends with Peter telling MJ what happened. Two words…lack luster. That’s two words, right?
Anyway, back with the girl on fire, she does finally wakes up, but it doesn’t look good since MJ is too slow to tell her what can happen and she probably wouldn’t listen anyway.
This story easily could have been a 3 issue mini-series. There was a weird thing going on here…filler scenes took too long while meaningful ones ended too quickly. It really is the opposite of City of War. The art is pretty solid, but I need something special to happen next issue to consider this mini a success.