Comic Review – “Spider-Man Noir” #1
Writer: Margaret Stohl
Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Cover Artist(s): Mark Bagley & Richard Isanove; Ron Lim & Israel Silva; Javier Garrón & Guru-eFX
New York City, 1939.
In an era of mobsters and monsters, crime and corruption run rampant through the city’s streets.
For a time, the people were protected by The Spider-Man, a masked vigilante who could climb up walls and swing from webs while brandishing a Colt .45.
And then he vanished and presumed dead.
But after a Nazi zeppelin was brought down over Midtown by a pair of wall-crawling interlopers, whispers of his return have begun anew.
When Felicia Hardy’s The Black Cat club and speakeasy gets hit hard by unknown assailants, Detective Peter Parker (aka the Spider-Man) is on the case! After finding the body of a waitress who was also a police informant, he finds a peculiar piece of jewelry in her possession shaped like a beetle. Parker then goes to the library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to identify the brooch and finds himself getting deeper into a mystery that will send him across the world in search of a killer.
This alternate (Earth-90214) version of Spider-Man first appeared in “Spider-Man: Noir” #1 in February 2009, the first part of a four issue miniseries created by writers David Hine and Fabrice Sapolsky, and artist Carmine Di Giandomenico. With the characters appearance in the Academy Award-winning animated feature film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (2018), where he was voiced by actor Nicolas Cage, it seemed only a matter of time before the character reemerged in Marvel Comics.
For those not familiar with the term, Noir (or noire) is the French word for black, which also refers to the cinematic term ‘film noir’ used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood black-and-white crime dramas particularly during the 1940’s and 50’s. Several comic strips and books of that era also were influenced by the popularity of the genre with memorable characters like The Shadow. Although this comic book is not entirely in black-and-white, it does retain much of the dark atmosphere as seen in classic films of that period.
This latest “Spider-Man Noir” is a five-part miniseries written by novelist Margaret Stohl (“Batwoman/Supergirl”, “Captain Marvel”) with art by Juan Ferreyra (“Green Arrow”, “Killmonger”). This latest hard-boiled detective story features a murder mystery, combined with a little Indiana Jones-style treasure hunt as Spider-Man embarks on a worldwide journey in search of a Byzantine artifact. This newest “Spider-Man Noir” story starts off with an exciting and action-packed storyline which deviates from the typical superhero comic and into the gritty and rain-soaked world of 1930’s New York. This is a great read for Spider-Man and crime genre fans alike.
“Spider-Man Noir” #1 releases on March 4th, 2020!
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