Man that is a long title. Anyway, thanks to Funko and the Marvel Collectors Corps box I received this weekend, I have already read Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 (I am not typing that all out again), and there are some doings happening in there. From here on out…there be spoilers. You are warned!
Ok, so we open with Peter eating food with Johnny Storm in a humorous scene that really shows off how well Chip Zdarsky handles dialogue. Peter and Johnny make plans to catch a movie together later on, which plays into the end of the issue.
From there we get a few pages of a team-up with Spidey and Ant-man. They are stopping a crime, and bantering back and forth with a new character named Rebecca, who asks Spider-Man out on a date. Like, pretty much instantly. They also share more banter later on in the issue, after Peter calls her only eight hours later to set up the date. All of the action here is drawn quite well by Adam Kubert, but I always njoy his work so that is no surprise.
Ant-Man then takes Spidey to see Andre the Giant…no I’m sorry they go see the brother of the Tinkerer, who is the opposite of his brother in that he helps fix and upgrade superhero suits and tech. He even helps to fix Peter’s webshooters while there, and upgrades Ant-Man so that he is taller in default settings. This entire scene is pretty funny, and was the best part of the book.
After that, Peter flys away to investigate the jailbreaking of a Stark phone in Chicago, completely forgetting Johnny and their plans to see a movie (but he promised!). It is there that we get the set-up for the biggest reveal of the book, as Johnny, in front of Peter’s place, meets another new character:
Yep, apparently (at least for now until we see where this goes), Peter Parker has a sister, named Teresa. To me, this screams of being a red-herring of some kind, but I also thought the same would end up being true of Silk, so there you go. There is also a back-up story with Black Widow attacking Spidey at the behest of a Shield agent that is entertaining.
EDIT: Thanks to some astute comments and tweets, I now know that Teresa Parker is NOT new, but from the Mark Waid Spidey original graphic novel Family Business from 2014. I must confess: I never read that one. But I will now! Thanks for the update!
All in all, this book was a great read cover to cover. Be on the look-out for it in shops this Wednesday.