Comic Book Review – Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes #1

A Short, Fun Gamerverse Comic Book

Cover for Marvel"s Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes #1 depicting Spider-Man and Black Cat
Cover for Marvel”s Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes #1. Comic book cover by Sana Takeda.

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Credits:

  • Dennis "Hopeless" Hallum – Writer
  • Luca Maresca – Artist
  • Rachelle Rosenberg – Colorist
  • VC’s Travis Lanham – Letterer
  • Sana Takeda – Cover Artist
  • J. Scott Campbell, Ula Mos, Todd Nauck, Rachelle Rosenberg, Adi Granov – Variant Cover Artists
  • Nick Russel – Production Design
  • Martin Bird – Assistant Editor
  • Mark Basso – Editor
  • C.B. Cebulski – Editor-in-Chief
  • Jacinda Chew – Studio Art Director (Insomniac Games)
  • Jon Paquette – Leader Writer (Insomniac Games)
  • Dakota Maysonet – Creative Assistant (Marvel Games)
  • Eric Monacelli – Director of Game Production (Marvel Games)
  • Bill Rosemann – VP & Creative Director (Marvel Games)
  • Spider-Man created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

SPOILER-FREE ZONE

Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Black Cat Strikes takes place in the setting portrayed in the Spider-Man game for PS4 by Insomniac Games. This first issue was short but enjoyable. Just don’t go into it thinking that it is canon. They even made it a point to make Mary Jane look like the video game version of herself. If you’re ready to enjoy a quick, fun Spider-Man read, then this is the comic book for you!

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You are now exiting the spoiler-free zone. Do yourself a favor and stop reading if you don’t want any spoilers.

The comic book starts with Spider-Man investigating the Maggia, who are in the process of an art-theft at a museum. While Spider-Man is throwing fisticuffs with the Maggia, Black Cat shows up and grabs the art piece for herself. Instead of stealing it, she breaks it and snags a USB drive that fell out of it. This all happens while Spidey is on-com with Mary Jane, so he hangs up on her to communicate with Black Cat uninterrupted.

After they talk, and she flirts with him, the Maggia interrupts, and she gets away. It then cuts to a flashback as Spider-Man describes his first encounter with the Black Cat. He had broken up with Mary Jane at the time, and was in a stage of self-pity. He finds Black Cat in trouble with Wilson Fisk and saves her. She makes him chase her down and then… well let’s just say they get intimate. After the flashback ends, Spider-Man is back on-com with Mary Jane. She doesn’t look happy in the slightest that he ran into Black Cat.

Spider-Man finds Felicia (Black Cat) again, and she’s stealing yet another hard drive from a Maggia-controlled building. He loses her, but she comes back to him on the roof-top. He asks her what’s on the hard drives, and she said she doesn’t know. Then she drops a bombshell of information on him that I just can’t spoil for you here. I had fun reading this comic book, despite it taking place in the “Gamerverse” and not being canon. It’s not exactly mind-bending or deep, but it was enjoyable.

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