I'm not a pulp comic reader. I never really have been. I don't know these characters, but with The Spider #1, I'm glad I'm diving right in. This book is gritty. If I have to compare it to anything else, it's a dash of Watchman's Rorschach, Punisher, and a solid noir crime story.
Richard Wentworth is a war hero and son of a wealthy man. He is a lawyer and close friends with New York's police commissioner. A new breed of villain has been popping up in the city. One that closely resembles the super-villains we're all familiar with, and The Spider puts them all down, for good.
What I like most about this character (The Spider) is that he kills. I know it's a bit harsh to say that, but how many people, in the future, would die if the Spider didn't kill off some of the more notorious criminals mentioned in this issue? It's a nice twist on an old favorite.
The first few pages of this book blew me away. The introduction to The Spider is unbelievably amazing. We get a full understand of who he is and what he does within a few panels. On top of that, the panel layout is wonderful, as the webs of the Spider invade the page as he takes down his criminals. This is a truly fabulous introduction to this character.
Writer David Liss does a great job of not only introducing us to a pulp character, but also making this book new reader friendly. I've never read anything with the Spider in it before, but this book made me feel incredibly welcome.
I was flip-flopping on the art, until I got to the end of the issue. At the beginning, I couldn't tell if the panels were pictures that were simply painted over, or just very well done proportions on the characters. By the end, I was in love with the art by Colton Worley. It fits the tone of the book so well, and oddly enough, it became my favorite art of the week.
I had no issues with this issue... get it?
I was blown away. I had no expectations for this book, and I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but all-in-all, I loved The Spider. This book has a great story and a great character, and I loved the gritty noir tone this book has. I cannot wait to read future issues. David Liss does a great job at keeping this book new reader friendly, and Colton Worley's art was fantastic for this book. Liss and Worley are a great team.
Overall, I highly recommend The Spider, I was very surprised with how good this book was, and you will be too!