Saturday, May 3, 2014

Spidey Sense

Big news. Big, BIG news.

Peter Parker is back as Spider-Man! (Nerd Alert: For the past year-ish, Spider-Man's body has been inhabited by the mind of genius arch-villain Doctor Octopus.) And all of us loving Beantown residents are cordially invited to celebrate.

Newbury Comics is celebrating the release of the brand-new, number one issue with a variant cover that features Faneuil Hall. You can grab it for yourself at any location for $5.99. And you know what? Today may be the right day - it's Free Comic Book Day, a not-so-national holiday that takes place on the first Saturday of May. You won't be able to pick up Amazing Spider-Man #1 for free, but discounts on full-priced items usually accompany the swag.

from the top o' the clock

Now, I know that I'm really giving Newbury Comics a good plug here. They are offering a Boston cover for the new Spider-Man, after all. On the other hand, in terms of a discussion about Free Comic Book Day, failing to mention Comicopia [464 Commonwealth Ave] would be criminal. Nobody in the area does FCBD like they do - they elevate it from a marginal holiday to a giant sale and sidewalk event, the Black Friday of Boston's comic book world.

You might be wondering why a man in his late twenties is still reading comics. Well, just remember that this is the one who recommended the Museum of Fine Arts as the best place in Beantown to read the Game of Thrones books. (Hey, I had my reasons, and they were good ones.) In all honesty, though, if you have any doubts as to the appeal of the Peter Parker/Spider-Man character as a trope of modern storytelling, I'll just redirect you to the article "How Spider-Man Conquered the World" from Rolling Stone by Bilge Ebiri. It's the most elegantly phrased summary of Spider-Man as a neurotic young adult contending with the various rigors of entering adulthood that I've ever read. In other words, he's kind of like us.

Oh yeah, and of course, that giant tentpole flick from Sony Pictures is out this weekend, too. You know, the one about a man with the abilities of a spider. Free Comic Book Day, a new #1 for Amazing Spider-Man, and the release of Amazing Spider-Man 2 in theaters? That wasn't timed. 30 Rock will help us understand this coincidence. 30 Rock knows all.

All in all, it's a pretty good week for Boston comics.

Til next time!

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