Edge of Spider-Verse # 4
" I walked with a Spider"
This is a story about Patton Parnel. He looks quite similar to Peter Parker, but is in fact very different. The issue begins with him experimenting on ants. He is also a stalker who stalks Sarah Jane, the girl who lives next door.
Patton lives with his ill-tempered Uncle Ted. In the school bus, Patton his approached by Sarah, (who looks exactly like Mary Jane of the 616 universe). Sarah sits next to Patton and tells him that they have to protest to the people at Alcorp industries against animal testing. ( The school has organized an outing over at Alcorp. ) Patton is taken back by her friendliness as she has never spoken to him before.
Just as Patton warms up to Sarah, he is pushed aside by Gene, ( this world’s version of Flash). Inside
Somehow, her pretty girl magic works and Patton returns home to be beaten by Uncle Ted. Sarah can hear Patton screaming from her home. Patton, after being bitten doesn’t feel too good. He starts to feel hungry and eats a live mouse. After eating, he feels stronger and decides to eat a cat he found. Patton soon has a collection of animals in his webbing, kept until such a time that he wishes to eat them, much like real spiders. He soon captures his uncle Ted and has him in webbings as well.
Over at school the next day, Patton is full of confidence. He is approached by Gene who challenges him to a fight during lunch. Patton gladly accepts. We also see him helping a guy who lost his dog out, and invites him over to his house. Later, Patton does some research on the spider that bit him and learns that species of spiders transfers its eggs via their bite.
A while later, Sarah Jane comes over to Patton’s house, asking if he has seen Gene. Patton mocks Gene, to which Sarah comments about how Patton suddenly has a burst of confidence that she quite admires. Patton kisses her and then bites her in her neck. Things obviously go out of hand and Sarah runs into his room after slapping him. She sees Uncle Ted, the boy who lost his dog, and a bunch of other animals webbed up to be eaten later. By now Patton has transformed into a disgusting spider with fangs, extra red eyes, and extra arms.
Sarah begs not to be harmed, to which Patton explains that he would not harm her. He further explains how he is a carrier. At this moment, Uncle Ted is screaming and pain and little spiders are coming out of his body. Just then, Morlun appears and kills Patton. Sarah Jane runs out of the house telling herself it is all a dream.
The following day, Sarah wakes up and looks in the mirror at her wound. As she looks in the mirror, spiders start coming out of her wound, much like how they did with Uncle Ted.
The idea behind the Edge of Spider-Verse is to introduce the readers to characters who will play a role in the Spider-Verse storyline coming.
This story however features a character who died at the end of the issue. As such, it is more than likely that Sarah Jane, the carrier of the little spiders is most likely the character to play a role in the series. With that being the case however, Uncle Ted is also a carrier of the spiders and it is possible that he too may have a role in the spiderverse event.
While Patton was quite a creepy character, even from the start, before he was bitten by the spider. His abusive Uncle Ted did not help with the situation either. The more likeable character here was Sarah Jane, who is obviously supposed to be Mary Jane of this world.
While Patton was adversely different from Peter, Sarah was pretty much similar to the adult Mary Jane in terms of character. Contrary to MJ of the 616 universe, Sarah has a loving family and is not a party girl (or might be, but we don’t know yet). She also goes to the same school as Peter which is quite different to MJ. Her character however is very much similar to that of MJ when she grows up, making her a very likeable character.
Regardless, whatever role Sarah or Uncle Ted have to play in the spiderverse, it would most like be very different from the role the others characters introduced in the Edge of Spider-Verse have to play.