Review – Heroes Reborn: Peter Parker, The Amazing Shutterbug #1
Writer – Marc Bernardin
Artist – Rafael De Latorre (pages 11-30)
Penciler – Ron Lim (pages 1-10)
Inker – Scott Hanna (pages 1-10)
Colourist – Jim Campbell
Publisher – Marvel Comics
In a world in which the Avengers never existed, the Squadron Supreme of America are and have always been, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! In this world, the absence of the Avengers has had myriad unforeseen and unexpected ramifications, including one unsuspecting teenager and family in Queens…
As part of Marvel’s Heroes Reborn series, this One-Shot stands as another ‘What If’ issue. And as a result, we see what life might have been like had Peter Parker not been bitten by that radioactive spider. Parker is still struck by tragedy but with no superpowers, he is left desolate and feels worthless. Writer Marc Bernardin gives us his own take of a ‘What If’ story for Peter Parker. But it feels like it only scratches the surface. We are only given a brief glimpse of the conflict between Parker and Hyperion. And this is a thread that could certainly have been explored more. If this one shot had been a larger issue then I think Bernardin could have given us a more complete story.
I have to be honest and say I’m not a fan of having multiple artists working on a book. It can overshadow the whole book but I can understand the thinking behind it in this issue. The artwork pairing of Lim & Hanna bring a heavier inking style to the figures whereas De Latorre’s are more subtle. But colourer Jim Campbell works on the whole book and the palette remains constant. And as a result the transition between is not too noticeable.
As One-Shot’s go, I wasn’t blown away by this. It was a good take on a Peter Parker standalone story. But die-hard Spiderman fans may be left disappointed. If you are looking for an action packed story, this isn’t it I’m afraid. It’s more so a look at Peter Parker as a person and whether he would still achieve greatness without powers.
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