The Spider #15
Written by David Liss
Illustrated by Ivan Rodriguez
Colored by Vinicius Andrade
Lettered by Simon Bowland
Covers by Colton Worley
Release Date: October 23, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
The law is not only after the masked vigilante known as the Spider, but The Spider #15 opens with the Spiderâ€™s alter-ego, Richard Wentworth, a wanted man!
Furious about his situation, Richard sinks even deeper into his vigilante persona. As the Spider targets members of the Red Hand gang, he also transforms his one-man-struggle from a battle for justice, into a half-drunken journey of revenge.
Once again David Liss brings us a strong character-driven story. His iteration of the Spider is a dark hero in New York City, but one that is readily relatable as he takes out thugs who would otherwise injure the innocent. But with this issue, the Spiderâ€™s quest for justice becomes more unhinged. Not only has he lost much of his fortune, but heâ€™s also lost most of his friends.
This issue is setting up some major repercussions for our hero. In fact, David Liss seems to have shifted the Spider from a violent hero, into an anti-hero of sorts (which Liss does so with plenty of wit in his script).
Ivan Rodriguez brings a strong sort of â€œmodern-noirâ€ flair to the title, which fits this pulp-heroâ€™s book well. My only qualm with Rodriguezâ€™s art is the roundness of his street-clothes characters. They just seem slightly off. But, when the Spider is suited up and pummeling/face-shooting bad guys, Rodriguez brings his A-game!
Thereâ€™s been a recent resurgence across in comics to breathe new life into pre-WW2 comic characters. Some work. Some donâ€™t.
The Spider doesnâ€™t just work…its stories stand toe-to-toe with anything else on the racks.