"One of the best Spiderman stories."
What if Peter Parker gave up on being Spiderman? Not for a day or a week, but for decades? What would happen to NYC if Spiderman didn’t exist anymore and all the villains that were once kept in check were allowed free reign over the city and it’s people?
What if Mary Jane died? This is the story of SPIDERMAN REIGN.
REIGN stars an old and withered Peter Parker who lives a quiet and pathetic life as a florist who tends to his own business and wallows in the regrets of his glory days as the superhero vigilante he once was. REIGN is a dark and sad story of a man who literally just gives up on everything after the deaths of all those around him could not be saved no matter what he did.
This is the lowest I’ve ever seen the character as he gets beaten senseless and dragged to such dark depths that it’s almost crazy that this is a Spiderman book. The villains in the story are equally as dark and twisted. Seriously, this is some dark shit.
There’s a giant force field around NYC built to keep everything out of the city called “The Web”. There’s villains in all the departments of command and when Peter finally dons the costume again he’s greeted with his greatest villains to face one more time.
The likes of Scorpion, Doc Ock and Electro are only a few of the villains that face him as he struggles to get back the feeling of being Spiderman again. Stand out characters go to J Jonah Jameson and the conflicted Sandman that really brings this story to a fitting crescendo in the end.
The whole story reminds me of the excellent Batman book, THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS which REIGN clearly gains inspiration from. It’s bleak, dark and shows how important it is for us to never give up on who we are and that even when things are their darkest we must never give in to our fears and face them with bravery for a better tomorrow.
If there’s ever a book which clearly defines Peter as a heroic figure with unimaginable odds stacked against him, it’s this story right here. You won’t find a more desperate version of the character and you’ll root for Spidey all the way through this stand alone story.
It’s great, unforgettable and stands as one of my favourite takes on the webhead himself. If you have any interest in a story that stands by itself and want to enjoy a very obscure version of Spiderman then this book is for you.
This story truly defines the quote, “With great power comes great responsibility.”
OVERALL SCORE: 9.5 out of 10
BY MILAN JEGENJAN