I am starting to really try and figure out my approach to one-shot stories in comic books. I mean I know going in that it's going to be a one time deal, the story starts and finishes in the same book, and most of the time it will be some side adventure, although I have read a lot of good Annual books that have a big character development that carries over to the main story or something big has an affect on the world. So with that being said, I am scratching my head on how to review last weeks release, part of the Marvel 100th Anniversary series that's going on this month, Spider-man! And off the bat, they give you a run down on what's been going on in the story so far, apparently this is the last issue of an 8 issue story, I wouldn't mind seeing the rest of these being made one day perhaps. But our hero, Peter Parker is arguing with Eddie Brock over the control of the "Techno Symbiote" suit, which means it's like Venom but it gives you control over all technology and in a future world, that's a pretty useful thing to have. But before they can decide who keeps this great power, bam, Kingpin shoots Brock and takes the suit for himself. Not really a spoiler here though guys, this is actually the cover for the book, gives you an idea of what to expect going in.
I will say this much though, this book looks incredible! With artist In-Hyuk Lee pages you see a very cool digital art, which for a story based in the future really works, it makes sense. The futuristic world created is one that seems possible and near, no flying cars in sight but plenty of bright lights and great looking city designs. The ability to control technology with the suit is a big deal here, especially in this kind of world, there is an interesting commentary here on our dependence on technology. The writer Sean Ryan creates a situation that leaves the Kipling in complete control of the entire city and possibly the entire world if left to his own devices. And while this does work for a story and I would have liked to seen more of this world, I am still left wondering on how necessary this book is at the end of the day? What does this do for the Spider-man legend? Even with a massive multiverse Spider-man story coming soon this year, how does this change anything? Was it meant to at all?
I will say that the book looks great and it is a decent read as well, feels a little short but when you only have one issue to tell a story, that will happen. But if you can't afford to get the extra book here and there, you aren't missing out too much. And this applies for the three different Marvel 100th Anniversary books out there, unless you can and you are a die hard fan of said series, no reason to stop you here, a lot cool ideas are presented in a different world with the characters you know and love.Wait for a collection book, that might be coming out in a few months as well. But clearly in my opinion, if you are going to do a one shot comic, make sure it has a lot to give, Superman: Doomed for example was a one shot that set in motion the big events leading to all the current Superman titles. You can tell a bigger story in one issue, you just have to play the cards right.
So that's my take on Marvel 100th Anniversary Spider-man, let me know what you guys thought, did you like it more and why, did you want to see more of this story and it's world? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to subscribe, got more comic book reviews coming up and ChileanStorm news and updates as well, so be sure to check it all out. That's all the time I have for today, I will see you guys later on in the week, until then keep chasing the storm!