- Written by: Zeb Wells
- Art by: Will Robson
- Colours by: Erick Arciniega
- Letters by: Joe Caramagna
- Edited by: Devin Lewis, Danny Khazem, Nick Lowe, C.B. Cebulski
Peter Porker has dimension-traveled to Prime Earth, home of the Peter Parker Spider-Man we know and love. Peter Porker is on a mission to help save his home of Earth-8311, but now the watch he stole to travel to Prime Earth no longer works, and so Spider-Ham needs help from his friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to get back.
This issue is packed with more hilariously cheesy character names and brilliant story telling as Earth-8311’s heroes are battling to save their home from villains such as the Green Gobbler, and the Hobgobbler (because they’re Turkeys), and not forgetting the “Swinester Six”. This alternate earth filled with cartoony, anthropomorphic animal counterparts to the characters we know in the Marvel Universe is completely bonkers and cheesy in the best way. As I said in the previous review, it’s essentially the Marvel Universe meets the Looney Tunes, which makes it one of the most entertaining worlds out there, especially when you think of how insane cartoon reality is, meaning that our laws of physics literally don’t exist on their world.
Going back to Prime Earth, Spider-Man takes Spider-Ham (I know it’s confusing but stay with me here), to see the Fantastic Four for help. Reed Richards, a.k.a Mr. Fantastic, is fascinated by Spider-Ham, and so after a series of experiments, Reed is able to use his brilliant scientific mind to help Spider-Ham travel across the dimensions again. However, this doesn’t go as smoothly as he hoped, because when does it ever? Spider-Ham and Spider-Man travel dimensions but Spider-Ham’s appearance is transformed into his retro look from the earlier years.
Earth-8311’s heroes are battling the Swinester Six, and each character insults one another with crafty wordplay and insults which bring a smile to the readers face through every panel, but when things are going right for the heroes, they discover that the Swinester six are there to help and Sub-Marsupial is confronted by none other than the wheelchair bound telepathic mutant, Professor Rex.
Overall this is another brilliant book, and a character I have very quickly become a huge fan of. This series will be one that I commit to and dive in head first into it’s history from the earlier years to the present day releases. It’s hard to imagine how I hadn’t heard of this character before given my love for classic cartoons and cheesy puns. Oh and did I mention that Spider-Ham can break the fourth wall. Throughout the book he appears to talk to the reader with things such as complaining about not being there for the Earth-3811 team crossover, or Spider-Man getting more panels/pages than him, despite the book being about Spider-Ham, not Spider-Man. This element really brings back that classic feeling you’d get when Bugs Bunny would turn to the audience and crack a joke.
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