Top critical review
Good. Not bad. Not great.
Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2019
A story that actually allows Peter to age, that puts him in the middle of some of the events that the time periods featured where known for. At the end of issue three, I thought this was an insane story, and I couldn’t wait for more. Spidey had been put through the wringer and wow. Fantastic. Please. Continue the masterpiece that this is.
By the end of the book, I was happy it was over, happy I read it, but wishing I would of just borrowed it instead. I’m a collector of Spidey and I love having his books on my shelf, and I’m sure at some point I’ll reread it, but it doesn’t need to be anytime soon. None at all.
Each issue can almost be read as a stand-alone, a what if moment, but one that has built up from the previous issue or issues. I think Zdarsky and Bagley do a commendable job throughout. At the end though, it doesn’t live up to the hype for me. And it all makes sense, how he ages, the events that transpire, how they tie in to official Spidey canon. But by the end of the book, it really felt to me that the writer was just trying to put Spidey through all the worst possible scenarios he could encounter. I could imagine a wheel of misfortune spun over and over for our hero and things only getting worse as he completed all the doom and gloom on one wheel only for another to be brought out with even worse scenarios to start on.
The story led me to an unsatisfying conclusion. This is my review though. In the same way some people loved the Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie and I didn’t quite care for it, I see this book getting great reviews, but I’ll mostly be indifferent. Read it though, your mileage will vary.