If you’ve been paying attention at all, you know that my all time favorite comic book character is Spider-Man. But after that, my second favorite is Wolverine. Now, some of you are probably saying “Wolverine? Everybody likes Wolverine. Why don’t you pick something more original?” to which I would reply “Shut your stupid face.” I don’t buy many physical comics these days; but Wolverine, amidst all of its various launches & relaunches is one of the two series that I’ll look for on the rare occasions I get the urge to search through the back issue bins, the other being The Amazing Spider-Man.
As I explained with the launch of my weekly Spider-Man column, I’m more than three years behind current Marvel continuity. However, just like Spidey, I’ve decided to just jump back into Wolverine books and ride it out from there. This will come out every Wednesday and cover the Wolverine related books that came out the previous week.
When I last left Wolverine, he was still alive. Well, he’s alive again, but we’ll get to that eventually. Let’s get started!
In this week’s three Spider books, we’ll be visiting three different realities. There’s the original recipe reality, Earth-616, which is the one you’re probably familiar with. Then there’s Earth-18199, which is where Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows takes place, and lastly Earth-65, where Miles Morales’ totally real girlfriend Gwen Stacy lives. Seeing as the last two of these realities were created well after I became lax in my Spider-reading, I know even less about them than the current Earth-616 continuity. So, let’s dive in and try to figure it out together!
It’s a light week this time around, with only one Spider-flavored book coming out. Well, X-Men: Blue Annual #1 features a Venom story, but Jacob will be handling that in this week’s Examinations. It’s a five-parter that’ll go through a couple issues of Venom, so I’ll get to it eventually. As a special teaser, here’s a totally out of context panel from that book:
This week’s Spider story features an adventure one year in the making, so let’s get down to it!
Welcome to another week of Spidery goodness, true believers! This week I’m tackling Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #299, Venom, Inc.: Omega, and Champions #16. And let me just say, if you love symbiotes and the Tinkerer then you’re in for a treat!
This week I’m covering Spider-Man vs. Deadpool #26, which I’m honestly still trying to process and Venom #160, in which we try to remember who has what symbiote. So if you’re like me and you’re wondering why Deadpool has a long grey beard & Spider-Man’s in a wheelchair, let’s go find out!
I have a confession to make: I’ve been a terrible comic book fan. Not to say that there’s a wrong way one can be a comic book fan, unless you happened to think DC’s Countdown to Final Crisis was just the bee’s knees. No, my failing comes with the fact that I simply haven’t been keeping up with my favorite characters; not even my all-time favorite comic book character, our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. The last time I was up to date on Spider-Man comics was around the time Peter Parker managed to get his body back from Doctor Octopus, which was all the way back in the spring of 2014. A lot was happening back then, and I put off reading comics for a while. When I finally entertained the idea of getting caught up, seeing as how I was reading most of the non-X-Men related stuff Marvel was putting out at the time, I kept putting off what seemed like a mountain of backlog to get through. That mountain grew bigger & bigger until I eventually reached my current decision: Screw the backlog, I’m just gonna jump onto the Spider-Man books where ever they happen to be right now & go from there. My comic fandom as an adult had been re-ignited when I jumped onto the Spidey books out of the blue in 2005 so I figured it was apropos.
So, thus begins a new weekly feature here on Comicdom Wrecks! that I’m calling “This Week in Spider-Man”, where I’ll go through whatever new Spider-issues have come out that week & review them from my point of view as a lapsed fan. It’ll go up sometime after Wednesday, when new issues come out, but before the end of the following Tuesday, when more new issues come out. And if you’re wondering why the inaugural edition of this is called “Last Week in Spider-Man”, it’s because the muses didn’t strike me with this idea until late last week. Since the only week I’d missed was the first of the year & it was only one issue, I decided to cover it.
This week we cover Spider-Man #236, where the numbering alone would confuse the hell out me even if I weren’t several years behind. Now, onward to the adventures of the spider people, dear readers!
While researching Marvel Comics bankruptcy filing from over 20 years ago, I found this archived article from E! News. It talks about how Marvel’s sales had plummeted, driving the company into debt; owing $1.2 billion when they were only worth $1.3 billion.
What I found funny about this is that the article mentions their plan to develop Marvel Studios & this archived website features an ad for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which opens next Friday. Homecoming is the newest offering from Marvel Studios, which has brought in nearly $12 billion dollars since 2008.