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The Spider #1

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The Spider #1

Credits

  • Words: David Liss
  • Art: Colton Worley
  • Colors: Colton Worley
  • Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: May 2, 2012

New York’s criminal element has a new face to fear, and this Spider shoots to kill!

Writer David Liss and artist Colton Worley have brought to comicdom a terrifying hero to battle against New York City’s criminals, from street level murderers to underground human trafficking ringleaders. Richard Wentworth, a war veteran turned vigilante, is the Spider, armed with two pistols and taking aim between the eyes. In this debut issue, we’re introduced to his personal and private lives, as well as to the police commissioner whom he helps with examining strange homicide cases and a detective out to prove Wentworth and the Spider are the same. All is not well when the trio walks into a horrific crime scene, which delivers an explosive end that will leave an aftershock in the pit of your stomach that will register until the next issue arrives.

From the first panel of a familiar yet eerie New York City skyline to the final page that will blow your mind, The Spider #1 leaves an indelible spider-shaped mark on the foreheads and in the minds of its readers. Liss has taken a 1930s pulp hero and suped him up with a 21st century spin, melding together contemporary motifs like the mentally unstable war veteran angle and adding a hearty serving of other personal drama, which can almost be too much at times –– "How can all this happen to one man?" is a question you’ll find yourself asking –– but we are quickly brought back into the progression of the story and some brief bits of comic relief. Worley’s art further adds a ghostly element to this stellar debut, impressing upon us a haunting image to match this story arc that will not soon be forgotten after the first reading, which certainly won’t be the last.

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