Hobie Brown, the anarchic Spider-Man of Earth-138 is a very different character to the multiversal Peter Parkers that we usually see – thanks to the dystopian, authoritarian nightmare world he lives in. Yet after Hobie takes down the President (Norman Osborn, no less) himself, surely the fight is over?
Not likely. Though Hobie and his Spider-Band – consisting of punky remixes of other Marvel heroes – dealt with the Nazi gang Kraven and the Hunters, they suddenly have to deal with their universe’s Taskmaster, who isn’t so different to the copycat mercenary we know from the regular Marvel Universe. Why are these bad guys showing up to take on the Spider-Band though? The question leads to a secret below their base – and back to the late Norman Osborn…
Once again, Cody Ziglar absolutely nails the anarchic spirit of the characters and their world, with Justin Mason’s brilliantly expressive visuals complementing the scripting perfectly. Jim Charalampidis provides bold, unusual colours that amplify the punky ambience too.
It’s a great peek into a very politically charged, socially aware and diverse alternate universe; in case it’s not clear already, I’m really enjoying Spider-Punk.
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