Spider-Man Noir #1-4
Author: David Hine, Fabrice Sapolsky
Illustration: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Graphic Novel Released: 2009
Purchased on Google Play
Our hero, Peter Parker/Spider-Man, suddenly sees himself with great power and a great responsibility to do something about the wrongdoing he witnesses in New York City during America’s Great Depression. This take on your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man spins a unique version of the character putting him in dramatic situations where he might not always choose what you would think he would. In this 1930s era, we see many familiar characters taking on similar roles, all of which view a blurry line separating right and wrong.
The Pros: Categorized as a “noir” graphic novel, this book is just that. The darker shades of colors go along with the darker story. For example, Spider-Man’s costume, being all-black with a trench coat and a smoking gun, is a good representation of the genre and story that is being told. The Vulture is out right creepy. The comic is a true gritty noir novel about crime, murder, oppression, and the little guy taking on the top, white collar corruption.
The Cons: Spider-Man clearly has a moment of moral ambiguity that was placed into the text to make it a “true noir” story. Aunt May witnesses this moment and isn’t afraid to let her frustration with Spider-Man show. This situation goes against what I feel Spider-Man is really about. I agree with Aunt May: “We are nothing without rules of behavior.” Nevertheless, this dilemma that the writers put Spidey in was very well-written, and developed the inner conflict that Peter was going through.
The Web-Head in this novel isn’t amazing or sensational, but your spider-senses will confirm that he does whatever a spider can do to a T.
Jer gives it 4/5.