Guest Review: Spider-Man: Master Plan #1
Product Designer and Developer
Special Guest Correspondent
Over the last few years, Peter Parker has been through a lot of things. He fought with many great villains, died and came alive again, saw Aunt May getting younger and other stuff.
So, for all these reasons, there is no surprise to see Peter in high school again in his first steps as Spidey, going around and kicking butts. This time Robbie Thompson, Jim Campbell, and Nathan Stockman team up to bring a one-shot comic for our beloved friend, by setting the story in the early days of his life.
The only problem is that the plot is just entertaining without bringing anything new to the lore of the franchise. In other words, we see Peter fighting criminals and saving cats from trees, but nothing new generally. Even the main villain of the story is the Crime Master. Pretty forgotten as a character do you think? Nothing interesting about him in my opinion. Furthermore, the story unfolds like a typical plot for kids. The characters are plain and no one is getting too much attention except Peter. It is just like a simple horizontal line without any ups and downs. If you put all these things together, the result is not that good on this field.
From the other side, we see some very interesting visuals which make the atmosphere resemble like the one in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”. The reader gets that happy feeling from well-used colors and nice sketches, which makes this comic book to be an entertaining experience all the way. It is pretty interesting how the city is depicted, especially if you check the details in the background, which in this case makes the panels much more alive and eye-catching. Besides this, the panel flow and character’s poses are presenting action in a very good manner making some pages memorable.
Smart humor is one of the pros of Master Plan #1. You will see Spidey go and tell his lines all the time, pissing off anyone who messes with him. Also, if you read the comic you will see some thugs insulting Spider-Man. All of these “bad words” are being presented like doodling inside dialogue bubbles. Thus, you will never know which insult is written. So, the interesting thing is that Spider-Man corresponds every time to insulting in a quite funny way.
Last but not least, you are going to find the inclusion of “The Amazing Spider-Man #2”. I don’t know why that decision was made, but I guess probably to create a connection between the new movie and the comic. Or, it is that nostalgia thing that runs pretty everything in pop-culture nowadays. Who knows?
In a nutshell, this comic book is like Spider-Man 101. If you are not a fan of Spider-Man and you want to pass your time in a fun way, go and check it out. Otherwise, still, you can give it a shot. It’s a quick and fun read, but it’s hardly necessary reading.
Ioannis Plas is a Product Designer and Developer at Megaventory, the online inventory management system that helps small businesses synchronize stock and manage purchases and sales. In his spare time, he pursues his love for comics and graphic novels as a journalist and reviewer in various comic magazines.