Edge of Spider-Verse continues in the fourth issue! What will type of horrors will we find inside? Read my review and find out!
Our comic begins with a day in the life of Patton Parnel, who starts his mornings by burning ants and follows up with spying on the girl next door getting dressed in the morning, who he refers to as a test subject. So we clearly see he’s not right in the head, but the girl next door doesn’t mind as she makes conversation with him for the first time on a field trip before corralling him into trying to free animals that were being used in experiments in Alcorps. He naturally finds a spider and becomes so enthralled by it that he reaches for it and gets that magical bite befalling most potential spider-men.
The next day he’s sick and his uncle gives him a beating, to which even the neighbor girl can hear, and it does seem a little unfair… but he does mention he’s done experimenting on neighborhood pets and he’s a little…. okay really messed up in the head. Either way he discovers the more he eats and feeds the inhuman hunger inside of him, starting with a recently dead rat, the stronger he gets and he soon discovers his spider powers before chowing down on his Uncle Ted.
At this point he only sees his classmates as meat, so when the class bully gets in-between him and a pigeon he was about to munch on he disappears after lunch before Patton decides to pick up a kid off the street to have dinner. Later on the girl next door, Sara Jane, shows up asking if he’s seen her boyfriend, aka Lunch, before he seeming puts the moves on her and then bites into her neck. She tries to run, but he webs the exit and she ends up in his room with some guy webbed to his bed and another strung up on his ceiling, while baby spiders literally crawl from inside the poor bastard.
This is some horror movie stuff right here and I can’t feel too much sympathy for Venom-Junior, so when Morlun shows up to claim him I was honestly cheering for him. He mentions he could smell Parnel from the furthest dimension being such a fresh and new totem. So between two inhuman monsters who like to eat, Morlun comes out on top as Sara Jane runs away. The next morning, spiders come out of her body from where he bit her, giving us a rather bleak ending.
Okay, review time…
I’m not going to lie, this was kinda creepy…. No, scratch that, really creepy. It’s basically the worst case scenario of Spider-Man, where his love of science has screwed with his brain to the point he only sees test subjects and then food. When the Inheritors come off as the lesser evils, you know you’ve botched it.
4 out of 5.