Edge of Spider-Verse: Web Of Fear
This story here takes place before Edge of Spider-Verse # 2, which our newest reviewer Mike (NDwebhead) will be reviewing.
This second story focuses on Spider-UK, who is another version of Spider-Man from earth -833. This Spider-Man is part of the Captain Britain Corps and has access to some interdimentional omniversal hub ( a place to observe other worlds).
His Spider sense told him something was off, so he took the effort to look into it. He observes different worlds being visited by Morlun and his kin.
Among the worlds to have their "spider totems" destroyed are Spider-Man and His Amazing friends aka the old Spider-Man Cartoon, Spider-Cat (?), and Spider-Man Unlimited ( recognized only by his web cape)
Morlun's family seems to have some discord and competition among themselves. In this issue, one brother - Daemon, is going against what he was told is and devouring all the animal totems in that world instead of just the spider. One of them is also able to sense that they are being watched by a Spider.
Our Captain Britain version of Spider-Man, Spider-UK, reports to the Majestrix what he has found out. Unfortunately she is too busy dealing with whole universes being crumbled and cannot find time to deal with "insect men dying" as she describes it.
Spider-UK is ordered to leave the premise, but not before Lady Roma, who was at the side of the Majestrix gives him a device to travel through dimensions to get the aid he requires to solve his problem.
To start right at the top, Silk's leaving Peter's apartment, though prolonged had to happen sooner or later. With the news of Silk going to have her own series, this issue slowly builds some background for her, and her search for her parents.
Ana Maria is just being herself in this issue. She is thinking of both the company and of Peter's issues with responsibility. As she obviously loved and agreed with Ock's method of doing things, she tries to convince the real Peter of doing the same.
All that aside, Dr Minerva, Ms Marvel and whoever the guy in the hazmat suit was who claims to have some history with Spider-Man is probably the more interesting part of the story. In Mcnulty's review on crawlspace, he suspects that the henchmen in the suit is probably Clayton Cole whom we have been reading about for a while in Amazing Spider-Man : Learning to Crawl.
Dr Minerva is obviously planning something big that could be connected to another story from another book involving the inhumans and Kree, that I am currently not reading and therefore am quite clueless about.
This is also good publicity for the new Ms Marvel to get some exposure from comic fans who couldn't really care about the new Ms Marvel - much like myself. ( Honestly, I liked Carol Danvers and Ms Marvel and don't really fancy her being Captain Marvel either. )
The fangirl moment between Kamalaand
Spider-Man was pretty good though and was exactly what Spider-Man needed to boost his ego and come up with some silly classic Spidey lines.
In the second story, we are introduced to Billy Braddock, aka Spider-UK. He will obviously be playing an important role in the Edge of Spider-Verse building an alternate team besides the Spider-Ock's, to take care of Morlun and his family. While Ock's team, unknown to the team members, is actually led by bad guys willing to even sacrifice their members, Spider-UK will be the one to lead a real team of good guys against the enemy ( Superior Spider-Man 33).
The killing of Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends would be pretty sad for fans who grew up in the 80's. Morlun's passing comment about how that world was so innocent, and how Spider-Man could not even find the words to describe his actions was quite disheartening. The poor "good" good guy never stood a chance. ( And such is the world...)
While I never watched Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, I did watch Spider-Man Unlimited ( a little). I was more of a fan of Fox's The Amazing Spider-Man from the 90's though. I suppose this was one way to include other known Spider-Men into the series. Connecting them to this story was quite a good move in my opinion, making the story a lot more relevant than it previously was.
Yet, in all of this it seems that the only oblivious Spider-Man is our Spider-Man... (quite lame.)