Synopsis: In Non-Stop Spider-Man. A mystery at Empire State University thrusts Spider-Man into an adventure that starts in uptown Manhattan and will take him around the world, pitting him against Marvel Universe villains old and new and give you a Spider-Man adventure (and Spider-Man) the likes of which you’ve never seen.
When Peter Parker’s friend Austin dies of a drug overdose. A quick search of his apartment turns into a massive battle with a gang of futuristic-looking Samurai. As the story progresses we undergo several time jumps and see Austin’s wake. While there Peter chats with his other friend Kel. While he is battling the Samurai in the present Spider-Man aka Peter Parker gets a panicked phone call from his friend Kel who has taken some A+.
The art team of Chris Bachalo and Dale Eaglesham hit us with a massive splash page of Spidey leaping out of a 15 story building. Indeed this is just the beginning of a visual onslaught of action in which Spidey does his thing. There are calmer moments when we have the flashback sequence to the Wake in which we get a pretty good illustration of the mixture of mourners and the emotions on their faces as they say goodbye to Austin.
Overall. The art is solid with some great action sequences that involve both swords and a few rockets flying about. In short, the art team has chosen to go big as opposed to going home.
I’ll admit it. I haven’t read any Spider-Man in years. Instead, my only references are the movies and his appearances in The Avengers movies. The last comic I read of Spider-Man was something from the 2000s that J. Michael Straczynski did which featured art by John Romita. And that put me off reading Spider-Man because it was a bit too wordy.
Non-Stop Spider-Man is kind of wordy too but not in a bad way. I think what put me off in the 2000s was that the writer of that book didn’t really capture Peter Parker’s penchant for a wisecrack. Whereas writer Joe Kelly has Peter wisecracking and commenting on his enemies sense of dress and style as he descends all 15 stories of the building. Also, the action and story in this book is bigger than the one that I read back in the 2000s. It doesn’t waste too much time explaining what is going on. Instead, you get thrown right into the action. Which I much prefer than getting pages and pages of descriptive stuff.
Overall. I’m intrigued enough to follow this story arc through and see what happens. And it better continue to be Non-Stop.