Thursday, October 11, 2012

Retro Review: Spider-boy Team-Up #1

Last Retro Review I took a look at the Amalgam one shot Spider-boy. This time let's dive into the follow up one shot Spider-boy Team-Up. This will be the last Amalgam comic I look at, at least for the foreseeable future. Our story starts out with Spider-boy fighting the Scavulture.

During the fight Spider-boy is brought forward in time to meet the Legion of Galactic Guardians 2099AD.

The LoGG finds their headquarters suddenly attacked by the Frightful Five. During the fight Spider-boy finds himself coming apart, literally.

Spider-boy is then pulled even further forward in time. Apparently a time storm erupted when the LoGG couldn't get Spider-boy back to the past fast enough. The world has now turned to shit and they want to send Spider-boy back to undo it all. His hopping through the time stream causes him to meet a rebooted version of the LoGG.

Spider-boy ultimately ends up in limbo where Kang the Time Conqueror wants to split him into his root characters because that will help him conquer the omniverse, or something. Spider-boy is saved by Spider-boy 2099 AD.

And that's about it really. The character design on Spider-boy 2099 is pretty lazy, its just Spider-boy with a black costume Spider-man mask. The story here is kinda a mess. It's all over the place and confusing as hell but I guess that's sorta the point. This is meant to parody the Legion of Super Heroes' history, which is a confusing mess full of changes and reboots and this actually has a reboot mid issue. Neither the artwork nor the writing are as good as the first Spider-boy one shot, but Spider-boy is an entertaining enough character that he kept me engaged even when the story lost me. If you loved the first Spider-boy, you'll like this. And as always with these Amalgam reviews I leave you with an Amalgam trading card, because it amazes me they even existed.

1 comment:

  1. You left out the best part of this issue, which is one of the funniest in-jokes in all of comic-dom, which is the existence of an Amalgam character named "Paste-Eater Lad".