Weekly Web-Up:Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #2

Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #2
Writer: Jason Aaron
Penciler: Adam Kubert
Inks: Mark Morales
Colors: Justin Ponsor
Letters: Rob Steen
Reviewed by: JD

Whelp, that’s a damn shame. I really enjoy most of what Jason Aaron’s been putting out. As far as I’m concerned, he really hit the ground running full speed with mainstream comics, but this series is a bit of a stumble, if you ask me. Which you didn’t. But tough titty-toenails, I’m telling ye anyways. It’s a really nice looking book, to be sure, but it’s the story that has me sighing loud enuff to make people stare at me in the comic shop. Spidey and Wolvy are jumping through time (who ISN’T? Cap America, Batman and now these two? I’d like an issue where they all accidentally bump into each other with a “fancy meeting you here”! No, I’m lying. I don’t wanna read that.) But then again, I don’t wanna read this either. Spidey is walking around in his costume, or rather, a costume he stole from a wax museum, non-stop. Why doesn’t he take it off, considering him and Logan are the only humans left? I dunno. Instead he’s teaching futuristic cave men science classes, while Wolverine spends all his time in a psuedo-samurai outfit, fighting robots, while they both wait for the giant Doctor Doom planet to show up again. Oh and the ridiculous character called The Orb shows up all buff and terminator-y and stuff. But…how to kill the Doctor Doom planet? Why, with a Grant Morrison-esque Phoenix Force bullet, of course.

Meh.

Double-Meh.

I guess this is supposed to be a mad-cap-romp with all sorts of wacky shenanananagans and what-not, but it just comes off as lame. Which is what it says across the butt of Spidey’s stolen wax museum costume the entire issue. This gag was pulled back in the first Wolverine/Spider-Man team up, which was awesome and brutal and touching. This series ain’t THAT. And what continuity is JA working with? In this series Spidey and Wolvy are almost enemies. It reads more like a team-up between Spider-Man and Norman Osborn, they have some contempt for each other. They’ve been on the same Avengers teams for the last several years and have worked together on dozens of adventures! Now all of a sudden they abhor each other

I was really hoping for another great story from Aaron, but this series isn’t really serving any purpose yet. I don’t think I’m gonna stick around to find out of it ever does.

What do you guys think? Did you love the ending? Did you hate it? Mark Mackner: I KNOW you probably LOVED it! Let me know in the comments below.

When not hosting the PopTards Podcast, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam here, JD is graphically designing/illustrating/inking for a living, hanging with the @$$holes over at www.aintitcoolnews.com and Booking his Face off over here.

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