Originally released in 2011 in the issues of The Amazing Spider-Man #666-673, and spawned spin-offs of other New York heroes like Cloak and Dagger and the Avengers. The collected edition was released in January 2012, featuring the main run, six back up stories that lead to the events, as well as Venoms three important issues.
Despite the controversy of nearly every thing he accomplished, I have to say, I loved Dan Slotts entire run on Spider-Man. He has a method of classic comic book storytelling. Instead of colouring it up with real world problems or attempting mature, modern plots, Mr. Slott has mastered old school comic storylines for a modern generation. The ideas may come off as over the top, or unrealistic, which is exactly what I mean by classic comics stories, just take a look at any comic book from the 60’s. It takes a talented writer to write these stories for a modern character and audience. Everyone may not be a fan of Mr. Slotts works, but should admit he is legitimately talented, and a master of his own style. There is a reason that they have handed main stay character, Spider-Man, to him for over 5 years.
The story begins with a typical Spider-Man prologue, with Spidey easily defeating Hydro-Man. The fun and life updates are quickly distinguished with a warning from Madame Web. Peter Parker is surprised when his girlfriend Carlie Cooper suddenly manifests spider powers, but it is quickly revealed that hundreds of New Yorkers have gained the same abilities. Peter disguises himself as another random citizen, new to the powers, and rallies the people of New York to defend against those with less noble ideas. As Peter and Carlie work to find the core of the problem, and other heroes work on cures, the transformation begins to mutate those effected into spider like creatures.
Heroes and citizens unite to defend New York as the villainous Spider-Queen is controlling more of the creatures minds. It is up to Spider-Man and a spider powered Mary Jane to find a way to cure an entire city of spider citizens. An unexpected aftermath, causes Spideys secret identity to be less stable. Effecting Peter instantly as Carlie quickly discovers the truth and breaks things off.
The events of Spider-Island are minute, compared to the things about to shake up Spider-Mans world. The storyline is simple fun, launched from one creative idea: what if we gave all of New York spider powers? These ‘what ifs’ are what made Marvel and an industry what it is today. Its these kinds of reads that make me love comics again, specifically when an event can be introduced and concluded without stringing it along or muddling it up in countless other issues and runs.
Spider-Island is an enjoyable read and I give it a steady 4/5. A collected book you can pick up and read without the necessity of knowing what happened previously. It’s an entertaining storyline I would recommend for any comic fan that loves the over the top classics.
Thanks booknerds, I have to go deal with my great responsibilities now.