Spider-Man Noir

Posted: May 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

Spider-Man Noir: Eyes Without A Face, written by David Hine and Fabrice Sapolsky and illustrated by Carmine Di Giandomenico. (wow that’s a mouthful!)

Spider-man is one of my all time favorite super heroes. everything about him is just cool. awesome powers, great personality and story, the comic worlds best catch phrases and one liners, and a well developed alter ego. the fact that he started off as a skinny nerd who got beat up a lot probably brought the story home for me. however one of the more interesting things about Spider-Man is all the different forms he has taken over the years. there is; spectacular, ultimate, crimson spider, iron spider, 2099, man-spider, captain universe, and spider man 1602, just to name a few. but my favorite out of all the different timelines and back stories and alternate universes has got to be Spider-Man Noir.

This version of the classic spidey story takes place during the 1930’s. the great depression is in full swing and there are plenty of mobsters running around new york with fedoras and tommy guns. this time around uncle Ben gets bumped off by the local mob boss, Norman Osborne, who then tries to frame peter for murder. In an accidental run in with smugglers, peter gets bitten by a spider endowed with magical powers by a mysterious spider god. the Noir spidey is very different from what we are used to seeing. rather then a brightly colored skin tight suit, Noir wears; average clothes, combat boots, a trench coat, a ski mask with goggles, and sometimes a fedora. he doesn’t swing gracefully over Manhattan on webs but sneaks through shadowed alleys and leaps over rooftops like a ninja. hes got all the regular spider man powers except his webs are black and just kinda splatter everywhere rather then forming perfect strands for him to swing on. oh, and one more thing, Noir get pissed off easily and carries a very large revolver tucked in his coat.

Magical spiders aside, the rest of the spider-man Noir characters are more realistic then they usually are. Doctor Octopus is wheelchair bound and has ties to the nazis, Sandman is a thick necked knee-breaker for the mob, the Goblin is a circus freak with a rare skin disorder, and so on. they all seem a little more plausible and in the end feel like richer and more developed characters then their original versions.

when all is said and done Spider-Man Noir is just the same old spidey story covered in grime and set right around WW2. but this is not a bad thing at all. being a fan of old film noir movies and a major spider-man fan I couldn’t help but love this series. Mobsters, tough guy cops, jazz clubs, tommy gun drive-bys, and everyone’s favorite web slinger right in the thick of it! beating the crap out of the bad guys and romancing the dames. whats not to love?


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