This week saw the release of the brand new Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man title- written by the superb Tom Taylor and beautifully drawn by Juann Cabal!

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…

 

The Good

Did you enjoy the brief scene in Spider-Man: Homecoming, featuring Peter sticking his nose in local, street-level ‘crimes’? Then you’re gonna love this, kid. Taylor gives us a Spidey that shows he cares about his community, while still packing the action and humour you’d expect from a wallcrawlin’ title.

If you’re a fan of the writer, you’ll know what to expect here. Smart, funny writing and incredibly detailed scenes; Spidey’s inner-monologue detailing the pothole scene is so relatable that you’ll share the New Yorker’s frustration no matter where you’re from.

 

 

The Bad

Bad feels a bit harsh, but: The only downside to this debut issue is the backup tale. In the main story, Taylor manages to pull on heartstrings with just a few lines and panels, with Peter indirectly getting money to some unfortunate souls. I don’t want to go into more detail about the scene- as, while short, it shows a detail and concern that feels real. The backup story, a supposedly-emotional look into Aunt May’s life, doesn’t reach the same level of concern for the readers.

Which isn’t Taylor’s fault: We know he’s a master of emotional scenes. Anyone who read the Injustice titles will be able to tell you this. Spidey fans are just so damn desensitised when it comes to May, now, that the ending didn’t have the intended impact. Hopefully this title will help change our feelings towards the character!