Written by: J.J. Abrams & Henry Abrams
Art by: Sara Pichelli
Inking Assistant: Elisabetta D’amico
Colors by: Dave Stewart
Letters by: VC’s Joe Caramagna
J.J. Abrams and his son Henry Abrams have teamed up to deliver to the world a very personal Spider-Man story that deals with death, grief, the relationship between a father & a son, and much more. This is a gut wrenching story that took some very unexpected turns, but it’s very well written and an exciting new take on the character of Peter Parker. Often times Peter Parker is a character that gets stuck in age purgatory as Marvel likes to view him as a teenager or young adult, and we never get to see much of his life outside of that age range. It’s really exciting to see a different take on his personality, especially one outside of being Spider-Man, but at a later point in his life than we’re used to.
Ben Parker is an interesting character so far. I’m glad that they’ve set him apart from Peter and given him a different edge than Peter even though they’re in similar situations. I’m not super into the moody kids who’ve lost someone archetype, but it’s fine so far and I have a feeling that Ben’s arc will round out nicely. The villain of this story is one that I’m worried could fall into generic tropes that most origin story villains do, but he’s off to a hot start by the way this first issue starts out. I’m interested to see where this story goes, but the first issue was definitely a step in the right direction. I’d like to know which of the Abrams pair has more influence on the story, especially since it seems to be at its core a story between father and son, but they’re doing a great job.