It's great to see the Marvel Knights imprint back. While you're not always sure what you're going to get, it's a great way to allow other creators to give their take on the characters we know. Those takes often go in interesting directions.
Matt Kindt, Marco Rudy and Val Staples are giving us a Spider-Man ride we haven't really seen before. In a story that takes place whenever, we're allowed to escape from the current continuity and dive right into a pure Spider-Man story. Not meant as a knock against the current continuity but we don't have about Spider-Man in the Avengers, Infinity or even Doc Ock. This is a Spider-Man story taking place a bit ago. That's all you really need to know and worry about.
Essentially what the story is about is Spider-Man finds himself in a strange state. This allows for Kindt to unleash several familiar foes into the story and Rudy and Staples to give us a crazy and amazing visual production. Get ready for some interesting page and panel layouts. You won't be able to stop yourself from looking over every little detail. The story really allows Rudy and Staples to show off. There is a great mix in style thrown in here and it really spices up the pacing the of the story.
As great as the visuals are, there is the likeness given to Peter Parker. We can accept artist interpretation and all but this Peter resembles his big screen counterpart more than what we're used to in comics. That's fine.
We have an interesting choice in the first batch of villains. Looking forward to seeing who's next.
For those wanting to start or get back into reading Spider-Man but aren't sure how far back to go, this is a miniseries you can easily dive into. With the Marvel Knights imprint back, Matt Kindt is allowed to venture off and tell a Spider-Man story that doesn't have to rely on anything else going on in the Marvel Universe. That allows the story to stand on its own. Marco Rudy and Val Staples have a deeply vast and rich playground to cut loose on. Due to the nature of the story, there is plenty of room for them to shake things up and give us a story that doesn't have to play out in normal fashion. This isn't the regular kind of Spider-Man story we've seen for the past fifty years and that's a great thing. This is the time to check out something different in a glorious package. Current, past and future Spider-Man fans will enjoy this.