Review: Marvel Super Hero Adventures: The Spider-Doctor (2018) #1

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Spider-Man and Doctor Strange are in for an adventure that will teach them one great lesson and make us laugh in the process. Read our review!

Writer: Jim McCann
Artist: Dario Brizuela
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Jacob Chabot

Marvel found a way to introduce younger audiences to their universe with Marvel Super Hero Adventures. This series of comics have a light-hearted story that tries to explain the origin of certain characters and teach an important lesson along the way. Because of this, the Spider-Doctor is funny, family friendly and it shows why Spider-Man and Doctor Strange are so special.

The story is pretty simple so that it can be suitable for kids of all ages. This is not bad, as the issue is really entertaining overall. Seeing our heroes change bodies and try to use each other’s powers is as good as it sounds. And while this series is oriented towards little children, it’s nice to see both Spidey and Dr. Strange are faithful to their personalities. The web-slinger will crack as many jokes as he cans, just as in any comic book, movie or video-game.

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There’s barely any real action here, but that’s for the best considering the target audience. The real importance of the comic lies within the lesson it tries to teach, which is: you have to be yourself. Our heroes are able to defeat Hela, the Goddess of death, only when they stop trying to act like the other and start to behave like themselves. This is a great lesson, and I think it’ll be able to help many children. (Considering I would have done anything Spider-Man said when I was 4 years old, I don’t think that will be a problem.)

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The art style is great, with many colors and cartoon-like illustrations. It’s clear Marvel wants to take advantage of the characters shown on the big screen since Hela, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man all appeared recently in the MCU.  This is a great opportunity for kids to watch their favorite heroes on the big screen and follow their adventures in the comic book world.

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In conclusion, The Spider-Doctor is a great issue. It’s created specifically for kids and with that in mind, it really delivers. Don’t expect any big twists, superb action or a mature storyline, but those things don’t matter much when you see how Spider-Man behaves in the body of Dr. Strange.

Marvel Super Hero Adventures: The Spider-Doctor (2018) #1. A-. . Jim McCann, Dario Brizuela, VC’s Joe Caramagna, Jacob Chabot.

With many more Super Hero Adventures planned, it will be interesting to see how Marvel keeps teaching important lessons for kids. For more comic book reviews, or anything Spider-Man related, be sure to stick around with Whatever a Spider Can!