Avenging Spider-Man is the loosest premise for a series ever seen. Started off to showcase Joe Mad’s artwork in a story written by Zeb Wells, the series has now gone on to become Spider-Man team-up, Punisher/Daredevil crossover, and upcoming ‘Ends of the Earth’ finale. We’re firmly in Spider-Man team-up mode this week though, as webslinger boy joins forces with She-Hulk to fight kittens.
There are kittens on almost every page of this comic, you guys. Marvel have arrived at this trend late, but they’ve made damn sure here to fully embrace and support the kitty movement. Writer Kathryn Immonen does fit a quick, fun story around the kittens, but that’s really not the focus here. There are fun bits of dialogue for both Spider-Man and She-Hulk, but that’s not important. Stuart Immonen’s art is lovely, but it’s hard to focus on anything.
BUT THE KITTENS. SO MANY KITTENS.
You see, after the heroes stop two robbers from stealing an Egyptian artefact, the statue has a strange effect on Jen and turns her into a magnet for kitties. They burst through the ceiling, they charge through the doors. They sit on heads and drink wine. They cause a bus crash. The kittens take over. One of them giggles!
It’s one of the most fun Spider-Man stories ever, and Black Cat doesn’t even turn up once! Spider-Man gets to be smart-heroic instead of punch-heroic, which is my favourite kind of Spider-Man, while She-Hulk reveals herself to be a Fabled Protector Of Kittens. Just as soon as I get my hands on scans, I'll show you the kittens!