The brand new series Weavers by writer Simon Spurrier and artist Dylan Burnett feels like the greatest Spider-man What If? issue that Marvel Comics never published.
It follows a young man named Sid who is given superpowers via a spider that has taken up residence in his body. Sid isn’t the only one to receive powers in this matter. There are others, and they’ve banded together to form an organized crime consortium.
What isn’t to love about this comic book? It is a completely original idea, that spans multiple comic genres: horror, crime and superheroes.
The first issue in the comic was absolutely dynamite, and started in a very unique way. Instead of starting with Sid’s origin story from the beginning when he gets his powers, Spurrier starts in the middle. Sid is already a member of the crime family, but he is new and still trying to figure out how to work out just what it is he can do.
Part of what makes this series brilliant is that we get flashbacks to that fateful day when Sid was chosen by the spider. This continues into the second issue of the book as well. It never completely reveals exactly what happens, but the reader is teased just enough to keep reading.
Sid is trying to find his way in the world of crime. It seems like a world he is unfamiliar with, and the things that are asked of him at times make him uncomfortable. His uneasiness makes him hard to read by some of the other members. There are lots of questions about this new player in the family.
Almost in a way the story of Weavers appears to be about a person reluctantly becoming a supervillain. However, this remains to be seen exactly since there are four more issues to go in the series.
In Weavers #2 we find out that Sid may have a secret, but it isn’t revealed. However, the spider inside of him keeps urging him to come clean with the other members of the crime family. He is also put through a test to see if he can be trusted.
Does he pass? Readers will have to pick up the issue to find out.
The art is great. Burnett has a clean and interesting style that looks like it would be perfectly suited for animation. The way he draws looks as if he has an anime influence in his work. Sid’s wiry athletic frame looks almost as if it might have been modeled after Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop or Lupin from Lupin the Third.
Sid’s default persona doesn’t come off as a tough guy in the story. Based on his body language and build though he looks as if when pushed he’d be capable of karate kicking a person in the face. When Sid uses his powers it looks similar to the way Tetsuo from Akira did when he was losing control of his body. Sid when using his powers morphs his hand into a bizarre and grotesque pile of flesh. This flesh can be extended in a way that attacks his opponents, similar to Tetsuo.
The only real detriment to this comic is the way they handle swear words. This is very much an adult comic book. It is about criminals who do bad things, and there is a lot of gore. The characters do not act in a very desirable manner at times. So for some reason whenever a character swears this is censored. This is annoying since the comics code authority has not been in effect since 2011. There is no real reason for this other than it possibly being a company policy at Boom! Studios.
Weavers #2 is a great comic; it is well written and the art is fantastic. The character of Sid is interesting since he appears to be reluctantly becoming a supervillain. It mixes multiple genres that gives readers a unique feel filled with wonderful visuals. This is a must buy.
- Unique way of telling an origin story
- Art is fantastic
- Sid is an interesting and complex main character
- Swear words are censored in what is an adult comic book