Marvel Knights Spider-Man #1 Review

Marvel Knights Spider-Man #1 Review
“99 Problems…Part 1 of 5”

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Matt Kindt
Art: Marco Rudy
Colors: Val Staples
Letters: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Covers: Marco Rudy & Val Staples, Carlo Barberi & Pete Pantazis

Review by Scott Keys

What would it be like if Matt Kindt kind of got free reign to do whatever Spider-Man story he wanted, and it would “count” in Spidey’s rich continuity? Well, look no further than Marvel Knights Spider-Man! But, how does this foray stack up? Well, read on, true believer!

I have to say that this is absolutely one of the most brilliant comics that I’ve read! This story is pure Matt Kindt doing an in-continuity Spider-Man story (set in the past, since it stars Peter Parker in his “early years”) in Kindt’s “indie” style. Kindt truly nails Peter’s character by thrusting him squarely into a dangerous situation and having to figure it all out on the fly. He has the quips and the thwips down pat!

And let’s not forget the stunningly gorgeous artwork by Marco Rudy! He matches Kindt’s brilliance, (key)stroke for (brush)stroke! I cannot praise this artwork enough! It is truly a masterpiece of storytelling. He is able to change his style according to the part of the story he is portraying. From horror to dream and even to 8-bit video game, his art and layouts reflect exactly what Kindt is trying to convey. It’s almost as if Rudy was inside Kindt’s head, it’s THAT good!

Even with all of the great Spidey tales that are being woven today, Marvel Knights Spider-Man #1 by Matt Kindt and Marco Rudy is truly a modern masterpiece (yes, it’s worth saying it twice!). I’m not being facetious or over-dramatic either. This story absolutely blew me away, and the only problem that I have with it, is that it will be over after 5 issues.

Art: 5 / 5
Story: 5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

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