EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #2 by Gerard Way, Lonnie Nadler, Zach Thompson, and Alberto Albuquerque
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EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #2 has some issues in its characterization. The newfound focus on Peni, while fantastic, does take away from the new character Addy Brock. However, this is only a minor issue in what is an all-around fantastic and intense Young Adult read. This is a story that gets me excited for the upcoming SPIDER-GEDDON!
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There are few more iconic hero-villain relationships than the one that exists between Spider-Man and Venom. The black symbiote has nearly killed the Spider on a number of different occasions. Even though Eddie Brock has become a tragic antihero in recent years, a great deal of enmity still exists between the two. As such, it only makes sense that their battles would break multiversal barriers. Now, this iconic rivalry has reached Earth-14512 in EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #2, and it is as epic as always.

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Peni Parker has always felt special. After all, she is only person who can pilot the SP//dr mech suit after her father’s tragic death. However, Addy Brock has moved into town, and rumor has it that Oscorp is developing a new mech suit for her. This suit, named VEN#m, is far more advanced, leaving Peni feeling unnecessary. However, when both suits are deployed to battle a giant electrical monster, Addy loses control of her armor. With lives in the balance, can Peni stop M.O.R.B.I.U.S. and save Addy before it’s too late?

Parker and Her Armor

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EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #2, Page 1. Courtesy of Marvel Comics

When Peni Parker and her mech suit first appeared in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5, I was absolutely hooked. While I loved the unique take on the Spider mythos that Gerard Way had developed, the look at a much younger superheroine just worked on so many levels. EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #2 continues this trend and builds on it. Peni’s struggles to feel special and unique in her world feel truly relatable. Addy Brock is stepping in on Peni’s thing, the trait that gives Peni’s life purpose. While that thing is the operation of a personalized walking tank, it still reflects the same feeling that any number of young readers would feel. In that regard, EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #2 supersedes the character’s first appearance, making her stand out in the sea of multiversal Spiders.

With that said, EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #2’s characterization isn’t perfect. Some of the earlier conversations between Addy and Peni didn’t hit on all cylinders. Peni seems to brush Addy off for absolutely no reason, especially considering Addy’s seeming kindness and admiration. Similarly, Addy doesn’t quite receive the same level of characterization as Peni. We’ve seen Peni before. We know somewhat how this character thinks. We have never seen Addy before. Yes, she is a reflection Eddie Brock, but she is also a teenage girl. What separates her from her origin character? What makes her unique besides the VEN#m mech? I just didn’t feel like enough time was spent exploring this character.

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A Spotlight on Action

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EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #2, Page 2. Courtesy of Marvel Comics

Even with the flaws in characterization, EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #2 is an incredibly fun read. As I said, Peni’s character really shines, and that helps create a wonderful Young Adult atmosphere. It stretches back to Peter Parker’s original adventures, giving the story a nostalgic and still modern feel. The way Peni has spray painted Totoro on her mech and has a room full of punk rock and anime memorabilia absolutely screams modern teen. Gerard Way has structured a really fantastic story. I say structured because he did not fully script this issue. That honor goes to Lonnie Nadler and Zach Thompson, who crafted a well-paced and intense narrative full of fantastically believable dialogue.

Way, Nadler, and Thompson tell a really action-packed story that speaks to fans of the PACIFIC RIM franchise. EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #2 really sets the stage well, delivering several high-paced fight scenes through the issue’s last half. I especially felt that the fight with M.O.R.B.I.U.S. does a lot for this story. It gives readers a full look at Peni’s mech’s capabilities, while also showing how much more streamlined VEN#m is. The way VEN#m takes down the giant monster in almost no time at all speaks leagues to the character’s threat. Thus, when VEN#m goes full villain near the issue’s end, we know full well that SP//dr can’t rely solely on brute strength to survive.

To the Character’s Roots

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EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #2, Page 3. Courtesy of Marvel Comics

EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #2 is illustrated by the always fantastic Alberto Albuquerque. His style fits this story so well, giving the characters and mech designs a manga-like dimension. The characters have the same level of expressiveness as in Japanese comic art, and the action and atmosphere carries that same energy. I especially enjoyed Albuquerque’s design of the VEN#m armor. It is obviously based on the SP//dr’s original design, but Albuquerque really manages to accentuate the differences between the suits. VEN#m is streamlined and full of smooth edges. Meanwhile, SP//dr obviously looks like the older model, with plenty of scars and hard edges to feel more old-fashioned. The dichotomy between the two really sets a nice visual tone throughout the issue.

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EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #2: Final Thoughts

EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #2 is a fantastic reintroduction to a personally beloved character. Peni Parker didn’t get enough time or credit in the SPIDER-VERSE event, so this opportunity to more deeply explore her universe and her personality is a blast. Way, Nadler, Thompson, and Albuquerque have developed a story that is full of atmosphere and energy from the very beginning. More importantly, it succeeds in exactly what it set out to do. It raises the excitement and hype surrounding the upcoming SPIDER-GEDDON event. These EDGE OF stories are the perfect marketing tool for Marvel, and if they keep producing these fantastic multiversal stories, I will keep buying them.

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