On December 18th, 2016, Anna Garcia drank an entire bottle of wine and attempted to retell the origin of Spider-Man (the original comic storyline, not the movie version). Spider-Man has always had, in my opinion, the best narrative construction of any superhero. He checks all the boxes of the “perfect” situational storytelling for any young hero:
Complex, vulnerable, and tragic lead in Peter Parker, check.
An outcast in high school who gets superpowers, check.
Lives with an older woman allowing him to get away with sneaking around, check.
A balance of villains who are people close to him and those he has never met before, check.
A supporting cast that is as interesting as he is (Harry, MJ, Gwen, etc.), check.
Contained to one city (more grounded than trying to saving the world), check.
On the most fundamental level, there is no better hero to write. So naturally, I figured why not try and retell the original comic origin? No, that wasn’t good enough; let’s try and retell this story while intoxicated…
This is ComicsVerse’s new series, Drunk Comic Origins!
Anna Garcia is a Screen Arts student at the University of Michigan and also happens to be a good friend of mine. She graciously volunteered to be our drunken storyteller and throughout the experience continued to make the claim that she was “on an adventure!” Anna has always been a big fan of the web slinger and was able to give a somewhat accurate rendition of the original story. The basic plot points that we covered were:
Pre-powers Peter Parker
The spider bite incident
Selfish post-powers/pre-Spider-Man Peter Parker
The tragic loss of Uncle Ben
Peter’s transformation into Spider-Man
A rundown of the supporting characters
All story rights are reserved to Marvel. At the end of the day, this is a spoof. The following is brought to you by ComicsVerse.com and is a Mid-Youth Crisis Production. Drunk Comic Origins contains explicit language. Please Drink Responsibly.
We have finally made it to Spiderman. This is one of our favorite heroes and this arc has a little bit of everything in it. It has most of Spiderman’s foes as well as the return of Kraven the Hunter. Will you want to hunt down these issues for yourself? Tune in and find out!
There is a story behind the Superman shirt. Ask Dylan to explain it to you.
Financial Crisis (19:42)
The Gauntlet (24:09)
Domestic violence in comics (33:09)
Spidey humor (37:58)
Characters with great loss (41:08)
Flash Thompson backup (44:03)
Female art depiction (47:59)
Spidey powers (53:36)
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Our first episode of 2014 is the Marvel crossover event titled the Age of Ultron. This was published in 2013 and involved the Avengers, time travel, and the sentient robot Ultron. Who will survive this indomitable foe? Tune in and find out. This is the dawning of the Age of Ultron.
art style (20:16)
Events in the past (25:35)
The Final plan (35:46)
– Lots of characters are killed
– Ultron attacks
– Alternate future
– Do we care that these characters die?
– B/C they die so quickly and easily, do we know that this reality will be fixed so that the character remains alive?
New futureDefenders team (54:28)
Ant Man (1:01:36)
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Best crossover fight that hasn’t happened yet? Deadpool and Madcap vs. Ambush Bug and Lobo.
This week we review:
Nova # 100 Yale Stewart back-up (:48)
Damian: Son of Batman # 2 (2:45)
The Superior Spider-Man # 22 (5:50)
Deadpool Annual # 1 (9:20)
Talon # 13 (13:20)
Justice League Dark # 25 (18:12)
The Flash # 25 (20:50)
Aquaman # 25 (25:00)