Is this journey down memory lane worth your time and money? Read on to find out.
The official description from Marvel:
Celebrating 50 Amazing years! Celebrating 50 Years of the Great Responsibility of his Great powers, The Spider-Man 50th Anniversary Series collects the Webbed Wonder’s greatest heretofore secret history! Spanning from his earliest days as a hero to the heyday of the heralded Big Time era and everything in between, a collection of Marvel Legends, venerated comic creators and awe-inspiring artists shine the spotlight on everything that makes Spider-Man the World’s Greatest Superhero!
It’s August Spider-Man fans, so it’s time to celebrate the legacy of everyone’s favorite webslinger. Marvel has decided that one of the best ways to trumpet our hero’s awesomeness, is to resurrect some canceled books and offer a couple point-one issues. First one up is Peter Parker: Spider-Man and as much as I adored the original series this one-shot is just a bitter disappointment.
Roger Stern does a mediocre job, giving fans a script that yields rare moments where it rises above the very bland state that it appears to be stuck in. The narrative attempts to pull at the heart strings but instead rehashes overused plot devices, that will leave many fans questioning whether or not the rest of these point-one stories are indeed worth buying.
That art by Roberto De La Torre is one of the fews saving graces contained in this issue. Each panel reveals characters that are designed well, and backgrounds that are detailed enough to give the comic a strong sense of self. I just wish the script could have lived up to the quality work on display here.
Peter Parker: Spider-Man #156.1 may not be among the worst one-and-done stories ever told, but the comic was just bland, boring and completely unnecessary. Even if you’re a hardcore Spider-Man fan, I can’t muster up the gumption to even half-heartedly recommend this title. Skip it.