For those who have been needing their Spidey-crime-time fix, it’s time to travel back to the setting of the original Spider-Man: Noir series.
Serving as an easy to digest introduction to the noir alternative, readers are given a one cap caper involving the dimension’s own version of Mysterio. More dependent on science and slight of hand that demonic magics, he serves as a foil to bring together Peter and a traumatized Felicia. Hine & Sapolsky’s dialogue and touches on Peter’s current life at home help to provide a quick and complete picture that can be hard to portray in a single issue.
Richard Isanove’s art feels like a photo realistic reach with a film grain style or texture over the color and much of the shadows. You are transported to another dimension for the whole of the story, until Doc-Ock Spidey comes crashing onto the stage.
There is nothing shocking for longtime fans of the previous Spider-man Noir series, or those looking for further insight into the upcoming multi Spider-Man fight. However, what this issue does well is provide an easy to understand launching point to go back and pick up the prior series. It also is a fun escape for those who do not want to get involved in the bigger crossover. No prior knowledge necessary to enjoy.
The Verdict: 7.5/10