“Ms. Marvel Team-Up” By: Dan Slott (Plotter), Christos Gage (Scripter), Giuseppe Camuncoli (Penciller), Cam Smith (Inker), Antonio Fabela (Color Artist), Chris Eliopoulos (Letterer), (Cover Artist); “Edge of Spider-Verse: Web of Fear” By: Dan Slott (Writer), Giuseppe Camuncoli (Penciller), Cam Smith (Inker), Edgar Delgado (Color Artist), Chris Eliopoulos (Letterer)
The Stories: Ms. Marvel is a ‘shipper; Spider-UK is a voyeur.
The Review: This comic is divided into two distinct parts, which is a bit strange since so much of the creative crew is the same. This couldn’t be balanced into a plot/subplot structure? Instead, neither story feels of a satisfying length.
What it does allow is for the reader to notice how one variable can really change the feel of the artwork– in this case, the only difference is the color artists. The Ms. Marvel portion appears brighter, more heavily saturated, with very distinct swaths of color to denote the shading and form. The Spider-Verse part, by contrast, is a bit more muted, with colors more gradated, painterly. This helps set a distinct tone for each chapter.
It’s freshness that Ms. Marvel brings to the book as the guest star. Her attitude is plucky and effervescent, which is often associated with a young Spider-Man, but she’s relatively more straightforward as hero type, whereas Spider-Man has to deal with a lot of continuity, whether it’s current stuff like Silk and Anna-Marie, or a bit more trivia-like, such as the fact he dated Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers) once.
In fact, Spider-Man is more a reactive character in his own series. It takes Silk to decide for herself to leave Peter’s apartment (in a sudden and abrupt exit for both characters and readers alike) and it takes Anna Marie to question Peter’s basic motivation, with a poignant line: “the difference between ‘great responsibility’ and ‘all the responsibility.'” Spidey’s contribution is a very telling self-commentary, describing his specialty as “in over [his] head and totally outclassed.” That’s why we chuckle softly and shake our heads at you, Spidy. We love you for it.
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