Friday, February 8, 2019

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (#1-2) by Tom Taylor

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (#1-2) by Tom Taylor, Juan Cabal (Illustrator), Andrew Robinson (Illustrator), Marcelo Ferreira (Illustrator)

Synopsis (via Goodreads): Spider-Man is the worst neighbor EVER! There are always crazy villains and property damage and drama and…and he CATCHES the villains. And he tries to fix the damage and he helps carry your groceries and actually that property damage keeps the rents down. You know what? Spider-Man is the best neighbor ever and this book will give you a closer look at Spider-Man’s (and Peter Parker’s) neighborhood than any book ever. Also, it wouldn’t be a Spider-Man adventure without a threat that could destroy not only Spider-Man, but all his neighbors.


I'm always iffy when it comes to starting a new Spider-Man comic, because there have been so many! Peter Parker is a name that most people recognize, and there are certain expectations when it comes to his character. Spider-Man has been portrayed in numerous ways over the years, and I'm often pleasantly surprised with how they keep his comic relevant to what's happening in the world today. He's a down-to-earth superhero that people can relate to, and he deals with problems in his personal life as well. The world might appreciate what he does with a mask on (for the most part), but he's often underappreciated as a person. No one realizes what he has to sacrifice in order to be the Spider-Man we know and love.

So what made me want to read this comic? Tom Taylor. I loved his All-New Wolverine series and the new character he created -- Gabby! She's also known as Honey Badger, which is absolutely perfect for her. Oh, and Jonathan! He's the best. I enjoyed Taylor's writing and the way he told a story, so I was excited to see his spin on Spider-Man.

I can happily say that I'm already invested in this series and what's happening in Peter's life. I think it's hilarious that he's currently having issues with his neighbors, since he's the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. Well played, Tom Taylor, well played. Also, the appearance of Johnny Storm was surprising, but totally worked for this story. He's just as ridiculous as Spider-Man, and I can see how the two became friends. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next!


  1. I only read the first volume of the All New Batgirl. I didn't realize Wolverine was being remade either. Gabby sounds fun especially with the superhero name Honey Badger.
    WHAT!? Johnny Storm? That is strange. But I mean it worked so that's cool. I'm excited that enjoyed this new Spider-Man comic so much. I don't tend to get into comics to much. I do read some graphic novels but I never continue the series for one reason or the other. I'm looking forward to seeing what you think as you continue the series.

    1. I've never read Batgirl! How was it? I enjoyed the All-New Wolverine, because it was about X-23 (Laura Kinney) instead of Logan. I liked seeing things through her perspective! Her background is dark, like most Wolverine origin stories, but she's come a long way. The entire run was amazing!

      Apparently Johnny Storm and Spider-Man are friends! I'm sure they've been in other comics together, but this is the first time I've seen it (that I can remember anyways!).

      I've only recently gotten into comics over the past year. It's something the husband and I decided to do together. He had a few Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Deadpool comics from waaaaay back when, and our son showed an interest in them one day. We thought it would be fun to try it as a family, and now we're pretty addicted.

      If you want to try something, a few of my favorites are All-New Wolverine and X-Men Red by Tom Taylor, All-New Hawkeye and West Coast Avengers by Kelly Thompson, The Unbelievable Gwenpool was fun by Christopher Hastings, Tales of Suspense by Matthew Rosenberg, Spider-Girls and Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows by Jody Houser, Domino by Gail Simone -- just to name a few! ;)


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