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.
In this week’s episode of Podicus Wrecks, we’re discussing Marvels, by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross. Why would we discuss a 23 year-old mini-series, you ask? Well, because Anthony has never read it, and we felt strongly that this was a must-read series. It is just a fantastic look at the beginnings of the Marvel Universe through the eyes of a photographer. Also included in this episode, Jacob attempts to convince us to play Persona 5 and Changeling is featured in this week’s “Better Know an X-Man.”
Wow, it’s been quiet around here hasn’t it? For me, I blame the United States Postal Service. Not to say I’m “mailing it in” (har har). Anyway, just because J.R. and I haven’t been keeping up with the blog (sorry!) doesn’t mean we’re not keeping up with comicdom and pop culture chunks. Well, I’m a little behind because of work, but I’m doing my best to catch up for work here as well as on a vocal-based project coming soon from me and a comic shop owner. Stay tuned.
But because I’m known by many of my friends as a comic book nerd (and rightfully so) whenever something happens that makes buzz, someone will likely come to me and ask my opinion on it. Lately, it’s been the announcement that Sony and Marvel are bringing Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Um, woo hoo?
But don’t get my lack of excitement bug you. I’m not a movie watcher, per se, as in I don’t really watch movies. While I am up on my X-Men movies which isn’t a big surprise, as for the MCU I’m really behind. I’ve seen the first two Iron Man movies, the second Captain America movie and the Avengers. Now before you jump down my throat screaming HOW COULD YOU CALL YOURSELF A FAN AND NOT SEE THEM ALL?!!! let me roll my eyes and say that if a movie’s theme doesn’t interest me, I’m not going to go out of my way to give time and money to it. So when you toss out a solo movie for Thor or Hulk (or Superman for that matter, if you’re a DC fan) I’m not going to get excited because the characters don’t appeal that much to me. If it’s important enough to someone I like and value the opinion of, I can be swayed. For instance, my friend Andrew finally sat me down and made me watch Winter Soldier, and I give him props for doing so.
But enough about me, let’s talk Spider-Man in the MCU.