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Spider-Man Annual #1 (Marvel Comics)
Ever since he stole the show in Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse, everyone’s been wondering just when we’d see Spider-Ham in the pages of a Marvel comic again. Sure, he played a role in the Spider-Geddon event, but he was never the main featured character in that event. But Peter Porker has a starring role at last in the Spider-Man Annual, and he’s got a pretty stellar creative team with Jason Latour, Phil Lord, and David Lafuente helping to bring him into a brand new adventure.
There’s a bunch of stories throughout this special, but the main one focuses on Spider-Ham rescuing Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen from the forces of the Circus of Crime. After a portal accidentally brings Peter Porker and his enemies into our world, the three need to do battle with the Ringmaster to put things back in place. Luckily for the heroes (and unluckily for Ringmaster), the villain’s hypnosis has zero effect on Peter Porker, allowing the three to make quick work of their enemy.
People looking for a Spider-Ham that’s similar to the one they saw on the big screen are in for a real treat with Spider-Man Annual, as Latour, Miller, and Lord’s script has exactly the same feel as the Into The Spider-Verse movie. It’s so well done that it’s impossible to read the issue and not hear John Mulaney’s voice in your head. While the initial story is over a little too quickly, it’s still a lot of fun, and there’s plenty to go on beyond that one with Mr. Porker.
David LaFuente’s art, like the script, is also in line with what was established in the Spider-Verse movie, but also has some nods to the classic Spider-Ham series as well. Naturally, the art style for this issue is pretty cartoony, but that’s to be expected with a character like Spider-Ham. At times, LaFuente’s art is so great that you wouldn’t be mistaken if you thought the panels were going to start moving on their own.
With the release of Spider-Man Annual, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that Peter Porker could be making his way back to the comic racks in his own ongoing. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this issue ends up being a way of testing the waters to see if there’s an interest in a new Spider-Ham series. If the series ends up being anything like this, it’ll be a slam dunk.