Review: Avenging Spider-Man #3, Red Hulk is dead?

Avenging Spider-Man #3
Writer: Zeb Wells
Art: Joe Madureira and Ferran Daniel [Color]

The conclusion to Zeb Wells’ first story in his Spider-Man team-up book begins with the Red Hulk dead and Spider-Man on the run in Subterranea with J. Jonah Jameson in tow.

Last issue, Red Hulk was seemingly defeated in battle by the king of the Molans, who had conquered Subterranea and usurped the Mole Man.  After getting Mayor Jameson to safety, Spider-Man challenges the Molan king to prevent him from trying to do the same to New York.


In traditional Spider-Man fashion, this isn’t done without a little bit of humor.  After all, Avenging Spider-Man is probably the most light-hearted of the Spidey books out right now, and the tonal polar opposite of Wells’ current Spidey mini-series Carnage U.S.A.

If you’ve read my reviews of the first two issues of Avenging (here and here), you’ve no doubt heard everything you need to know about the book.  It’s a light-hearted, fast-paced ride in the tradition of the old Marvel Team-Up books.  The art matches the tone of the writing, and I’ve gotta say that I wish this were an animated series. I’d be stoked about it and hooked, waking up early on Saturdays again and stuck in front of the TV eating Count Chocula.

Definitely pick this book up if you like your Spider-Man to be fast, fun and cracking jokes every other panel.  I’m not sure this is going to be the consistent tone of the book based on some of the recently released teasers, but it’s a safe bet that breaks in that tone will be few and far between based on these first few issues.

STORY: 8/10
ART: 9/10 

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Roger Riddell
Roger Riddell
Essentially Peter Parker with all the charm of Wolverine, he's a DC-based B2B journalist who occasionally writes about music and pop culture in his free time. His love for comics, metal, and videogames has also landed him gigs writing for the A.V. Club, Comic Book Resources, and Louisville Magazine. Keep him away from the whiskey, and don't ask him how much he hates the Spider-Man movies unless you're ready to hear about his overarching plot for a six-film series that would put the Dark Knight trilogy to shame.