Comic Reviews: Spider-Man Full Circle and Future Fight: Luna Snow!
The Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle #1 (Marvel Comics)
Tired of Spider-Man comics? Well, Marvel doesn’t care, cause they’re bringing you another Spidey special with Full Circle. But unlike the other Spidey specials that have been released, this one features a veritable who’s who of creators, from Jonathan Hickman, Jason Aaron, Chip Zdarsky, Nick Spencer, Chris Bachalo, Mike Allred, and more crafting this special one shot. As neat as it is though, it doesn’t mean that Full Circle is all that essential.
On a mission for SHIELD, Spidey wakes up from a 2 week coma to find that he’s now being shot across the globe by a mysterious enemy. It all leads to a Spider-Man story that’s really unlike any other, and really defies explanation. This is a story that starts as a spy story, then moves onto a weird, Disney World like park that is a front for an evil science organization, then has a bunch of werewolves, and then somehow gets even CRAZIER than that. It’s a weird one shot that really lives up to the craziness the cover promises.
What’s impressive about Full Circle is that even with the amount of talent involved, it doesn’t feel all that disjointed. It’s clear that Nick Spencer was involved in making sure that this special has a full through line, and that each creative team stick to the them of the book. But even then, his scripted pages don’t read that differently from Jonathan Hickman’s or Jason Aaron’s, which is something that I find very interesting about this whole special.
The amount of artists on this issue are great, and while they all have different styles, the fact that the special is broken up into different chapters helps to keep the art from feeling too jarring when it changes. While none of the artists do anything to really stand out from the others, it’s a great showcase for some of the best artists at Marvel to get their chance to draw the wall-crawler, though some like Bachalo and Allred, stand out more than others.
Spidey die-hards will definitely want to grab Full Circle, but I’m not too sure that this special will have any real ramifications for any of the monthly Spider-man titles out on the shelves right now. However, fans of any of the creative teams here who have some extra wiggle room in their comic budget will probably be tempted to snap it up.
Future Fight Firsts: Luna Snow #1 (Marvel Comics)
Marvel’s Future Fight mobile game is one of the hottest games on mobile devices, so naturally the publisher wants to try and use that publicity to get players to read some of their books. Enter Future Fight Firsts, a new series of one-shots focusing on some of the new characters introduced in the game. The latest special puts the focus on Luna Snow, the K-Pop superhero with the powers of ice manipulation.
As someone who’s never played any Marvel mobile game, I didn’t really know what to expect from this special, but I have to give credit to writer Alyssa Wong for making this pretty new-reader friendly. Of course, that’s to be expected if the issue is supposed to draw in fans of the mobile game, but at the same time, it could’ve been incomprehensible, or carried over rom the previous specials in the line. Wong’s depiction of Snow is really sympathetic, and she comes through as a pretty solid hero that could easily stand along the older, more well-known Marvel heroes.
Gang Hyuk Lim’s art is pretty spectacular in this issue, and his manga influenced style makes Luna Snow stand out from the other titles on the shelf. Lim’s style is full of really great and stunning splash pages that make for a pretty special issue, and at the same time, he’s able to make the smaller moments with Snow just as effective as the action sequences.
Fans of the mobile game will definitely find an easy to pick up comic with Luna Snow, and I’m pretty surprised to say that I found myself really enjoying this issue as well. While it wouldn’t necessarily be my exact type of book to read, Luna Snow is a pretty cool character, and I’d definitely be down with seeing her interact with more of the “main” Marvel universe.
Posted on October 23, 2019, in Comic reviews and tagged Alyssa Wong, Chip Zdarsky, Chris Bachalo, Future Fight: Luna Snow, Gang Hyuk Lim, Jason Latour, Marvel Comics, Mike Allred, Nick Spencer, Spider-Man Full Circle. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.