Great Power, No Responsibility (Spider-Ham Graphic Novel)Featured
Experience a laugh-out-loud day in the life of Spider-Ham! After long being derided by the citizens of New York, Spider-Ham has finally been recognized for his outsized contribution to the city's safety, and receives the key to the city from none other than the mayor (and, being a cartoon universe, the key actually unlocks New York City's political and financial institutions). Sure, it's just a publicity stunt for the beleaguered mayor-and yeah, maybe every single other super hero was busy that day -- but an award is an award!
Of course, Spider-Ham isn't paying attention to the fine print telling him he didn't actually get to keep the key, and he swings off without returning the highly coveted oversized object. The next day, when the mayor's office finally gets in touch to ask for the key back, Spider-Ham realizes he must have dropped it sometime in the last 24 hours. YIKES.
Now, our notoriously empty-headed hero must retrace his steps from the past day, following his own trail to discover where he dropped the key before it falls into villainous hands. Did he lose it during a rooftop chase with the Black Catfish? Drop it in the middle of a tussle with the Green Gobbler? Leave it behind while visiting Croctor Strange's magic mansion? Accidentally store it next to May Porker's vacuum cleaner? Who knows? You'll have to read to find out! But one thing's for sure -- Great Power, No Responsibility is an action-packed, hilarious adventure perfect for younger readers.
The Marvel multiverse is one of my personal favorites to explore. It opens up a wide array of characters and interpretations of the superheroes we know and love. Spider-Ham is no exception. The story presented here is quite funny, engaging and serves as an introduction for younger or new readers of Marvel. I liked seeing my favorite superhero in a new light and found myself chuckling at his antics. True to the title, Spider-Ham is quickly learning what it means to be a superhero and the responsibility that comes with it.
The illustrations are exactly what I'd expect from a Marvel comic, even one written for a younger audience. Colorful and full of hidden details that move the plot along, each page has new clues to the key's whereabouts. Easy to read, bold typeface will give early readers confidence in tackling this one on their own.
Final Thought: Great Power, No Responsibility is an exciting adventure throughout the multiverse, teaching responsibility and attention to detail throughout its pages.