by Taylor Anderson
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
In Back to the Future, Doc tells Marty that he can’t interact with a younger or older version of himself because it could disrupt the fabric of spacetime. In other stories, if someone sees themself from another time, it might cause things to explode. In yet other stories, characters can see their future or past selves and everything is A-OK. This is the case in the Spectacular Spider-Man 301, which means Past-Peter and Present-Peter can battle bad guys together. Sounds like a two for one special, but is this special event worth it?
In a word, no. The idea of seeing two Spider-Men swinging together from the tops of buildings, beating up villains, and cracking jokes along the way sounds like a blast. And well it should be, but sadly that’s not the case in this issue. When Peter and Peter go out on patrol to catch Norman Osborne, they run into Mysterio and a droll battle ensues.
The problem is, is that the two Spider-Men both tackle their adversaries alone. They don’t work together in any way. Maybe that’s just the consequence of years of conditioning, but it seems like a waste to have two Peter’s fighting evil but not doing so in a way that is new or different. Why not have them both try to pull the same move at the same time on the same bad guy? That could either end in hilarity because it totally bungles things up or it could be an awesome moment when they realize if they act in sync they can’t be stopped? Or how about one Spider-Man builds a web and the other uses a web-lasso to swing a bad guy into said web?
There are boundless permutations that a double dose of Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Men could unlock. It’s a shame to see a time-travel story where two heroes are allowed to work together, but choose not to. I’m not sure if I have time for that.
The conversation doesn’t stop there. What do you wanna talk about from this issue?