Written by: Cody Ziglar
Art by: Justin Mason
Colors by: Jim Charalampidis
Letters by: VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover art by: Takashi Okazaki, Rico Renzi
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: September 14, 2022
Spider-Punk #5 ends the series with an all-out battle between Norman Osborn’s forces and the rabble-rousing Spider-Band. Will Spider-Punk rock the block or get yanked off the stage?
Is It Good?
Well, if you’re going to end a terrible series, you might as well end it on a high note. Spider-Punk #5 is as good an issue as anyone could hope for given everything that lead up to it. While I can’t recommend this issue as “good,” it’s the best issue of the run, so that’s something.
When last we left Hobie and friends, they were set to be the main attraction in Norman Osborn’s public execution broadcast on the steps of the alt-Lincoln Memorial. Now, Hulk and Daredevil leap in to free the captives and kick off an issue-long battle against Norman Osborn and his lackeys.
On the whole, the issue is a mixed bag. The action is interesting, especially Hulk’s entrance. The dialog is mostly tone-deaf and lacks any dramatic punch. And the ending is somewhat satisfying, although the final blow against Osborn is ridiculous unless you falsely believe that sound arcs like water shooting out of a hose. In short, some pieces work, others don’t, and the ending is technically complete.
Mason’s art works for this style and tone of storytelling. The linework has a ragged, underground feel that evokes the concept of “punk,” so you get the visual feel, even if the writing fails the “punk” test.
About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.
Spider-Punk #5 finishes the run as well as could be expected with possibly the strongest issue in the series. The issue-long battle is engaging, and the epilogue ends on a hopeful note. It’s not a very good comic, but it’s a high point compared to every issue that came before it.