The Marvel Noir series has taken the comics to a whole new level, and Spider-Man Noir is no exception. Marvel Noir is definitely something different than the original comics, but it’s a good different.
Noir is a film genre that refers to crime drama made popular during World War II. Marvel Noir combines this with pulp fiction to bring you a series of superhero stories that take place in the 1930s. The series has gone over fairly well with fans, and Spider-Man has led the way. Spider-Man Noir has done so well that Marvel is releasing a new video game called Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. This game will take place in the Noir universe.
The first Spider-Man Noir story takes place during the depression, and it’s about an information network called the Spider. Peter Parker is not the main character, although he gets himself involved with this network. He gets bitten by a spider and, much like the original comics, gains superpowers. He goes under the alias of Spider-Man, but has a different twist to the well-known hero. Peter wears a dark trench coat and gloves, similar to Clark Kent as the Blur in Smallville, but also has a mask. In this first story, we see familiar characters, including norman Osborn (known as the Goblin), the Chameleon, the Vulture, and May Parker.
In the second story, Eyes Without a Face, Peter is the main protagonist facing a foe called the Crime Master. We eventually see a relationship between Parker and Felicia Hardy develop. “Robbie” Robertson also enters the story, trying to meet with a different version of Doc Ock than we know from the comics.
Spider-Man Noir is packed with the crime-fighting we’ve come to love from Marvel, but it mixes that with old-fashioned conflicts between familiar heroes and villains. There are 1930s gangs, Nazi-Germany conspiracies, and the excitement that goes with every Spider-Man story.
If you’re a Spider-Man fan, you’ll like Spider-Man Noir. Be sure to check it out at Amazon.
Jack Stewart is a writer for SuperheroLegacy.com