Earth-138’s Spider-Man – Hobie Brown, the titular anarchic Spider-Punk – and his band (consisting of fresh takes on familiar heroes) are on a road trip, having discovered that late President Osborn’s grip on their strangled society has barely loosened even after death. On their mission to find the President’s old bases, they’re forced to take a detour to Philadelphia – and encounter a new spin on the Kingpin, a gang of mutants and a certain punk without fear…
Cody Ziglar has infused this new remix of the Marvel universe with a brilliantly anarchic energy, complemented well by Justin Mason’s almost graffiti-esque, stylised pencils. The colours by Jim Charalampidis are the icing on this particular punky confection too.
With this third issue, Spider-Punk continues to be a genuinely well thought out look into an unusual alternate world that’s full of political and social commentary, as well as being incredibly diverse and fresh. There’s a pretty neat cliffhanger here with a deliciously surprising final splash image too.
The only downside is that we’re now past the halfway mark of the series, with only five issues planned. It doesn’t feel like we’re going to be spending enough time with Hobie and the band, but in true punk spirit I guess it’s fitting for the series to live fast and die young.
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