The thrilling detective drama of Spider-Man Noir continues in the third issue. There has been a murder, and it is Spider-Man’s job to find out who and why. Well, I guess we already know who, but it is thrilling nonetheless. Spoilers for Spider-Man Noir issues 1 and 2 and the beginning of issue 3 ahead.
The search for the murderer has led Spider-Man to Nazi Germany. Spider-Man Noir #3 picks up right after the cliffhanger at the end of the second issue. Spidey finds himself in the clutches of Electro, a bulky genius electrician. The electrifying lunatic proves to be more than a match for our hero, but luckily an unknown man intervenes. This man is none other than this universe’s Tony Stark. He has quite a lot in common with his Earth-616 counterpart, including his playboy tendencies. With Stark’s help, Spider-Man may just find the culprit.
Margaret Stohl’s simple yet engaging detective story clashes with superhero action constantly throughout this comic. The writing shapes this version of the Wall Crawler to be more of a no-nonsense sleuth, but that does not mean he does not pack hilarious quips. He just keeps them to himself usually. It is interesting seeing a wiser more war-hardened take on Spider-Man, and Stohl’s writing puts him in situations that keep the story afloat.
It is impossible for me to not praise the absolutely amazing art by Juan Ferreyra. The bright red of Electro’s lightning shocks the black and white atmosphere of the comic just as much as it shocks Spider-Man. The 1930s style costume design for Electro makes him seem more physically imposing than the original, allowing his near defeat of Spidey in the first few pages to feel daunting. I could feel the power behind each of Electro’s attacks. Ferreyra’s use of color shines most during these intense action panels. However, it also allows for readers to immediately recognize a certain character that appears near the end of the issue.
Margaret Stohl and Juan Ferreyra have crafted an engaging superhero detective story within the pages of Spider-Man Noir. The blend of action and detective drama feels like a nice breath of fresh air among Marvel’s ongoing stories. Ferreyra’s art is even more breathtaking than it was in the first two issues and I am thoroughly excited to see what he brings to the table in the next two issues.