->''"If those in power can't be trusted, it's the responsibility of the people to remove them."''

'''''Spider-Man: Noir''''' is a four-issue miniseries which reboots the Wall Crawler into the genres of film noir and [[TwoFistedTales pulp fiction]]. It is set in New York during the Great Depression. Part of a lineup of GenreThrowback miniseries featuring Marvel's most popular characters, it is also known for its sleek design and its version of Spider-Man being part of the video game VideoGame/SpiderManShatteredDimensions. It was followed by another mini called Spider-Man Noir: Eyes Without a Face, taking place a year after the previous mini.


In Spider-Man: Noir, Norman Osborn, a man known in certain circles as the Goblin, has everybody in his pocket. The mayor, the police, the local newspapers. May Parker is a notorious trouble maker for the corrupt regime. Her and her nephew Peter lost Ben Parker, a big player in the underground movement against the government's abuse, until one day he was beaten up and savaged by dogs.

When Peter stands to defend his aunt from [[TerribleTrio the Enforcers]], he's noticed by Ben Ulrich, an IntrepidReporter, who has his boss J. Jonah Jameson hire Peter on board as a photographer's assistant.

When the Enforcers try to jack a spider idol from a cargo meant for the museum, Peter gets bitten by one of the spiders inside the idol, gains spider-like abilities, and takes up the mantle of Spider-Man. As he goes to confront the Goblin, it turns out [[spoiler: Ulrich is in the pocket of Norman as well]] quickly leading to his death.

Spider-Man gets framed for the death of Jonah, who gets shot [[ColdOpen in the first page of the first book]]. Felicia, [[MissKitty the owner of the Black Cat]], gives Peter secret files on Norman and his past. And he finds out that [[spoiler: Jonah's]] death was faked, and returns home just in time to save his aunt. He goes [[TheClimax to confront Norman once more]] who's [[ContrivedCoincidence kidnapped]] Felicia Hardy, for killing [[spoiler: "Jameson"]]. Spider-Man trashes Kraven, and chases Norman [[DownTheDrain down into the sewer system]].

He [[spoiler: unmasks him, and refuses to shoot him]]. Norman tries to shoot Peter, and the gun blows up in his hand because of webbing.
[[spoiler: Kraven]] returns [[SelfDisposingVillain and both fall into the sewage]] and are [[NoBodyLeftBehind never seen again]].
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In Eyes Without a Face, Spider-Man has been active for a while now, but still considered a vigilante. The police don't seem to mind him, and he tries to better the [[CrapsackWorld community]]. Except when Doctor Octavius [[IncrediblyLamePun rolls]] into town, Robbie Robertson tries to infiltrate his complex alongside Peter Parker, as his aide, to discover the evil human experiments being performed.

In the meantime, the World Union of Free Enterprise National Socialists (later renamed the ''Nazi Party'' in RealLife) is trying to get a foothold on American soil, and are secretly sponsoring Doctor Octavius and supplying him with people of African descend, done by the Crime Master and his [[TheDragon right hand man]] Sandman.

Spider-Man traces the Crime Master, and tries to apprehend him, this goes ''wrong'' as [[TheBrute the Sandman]] beats him to a [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown bloody pulp]]. As [[spoiler: the police gun him down]], the Crime Master gets away and hides at [[spoiler: the Black Cat]].

Peter goes to recover at Felicia's, and the information she supplies makes him figure out what's going on, and goes to confront Octavious, where he discovers Robbie [[spoiler: has been lobotimized]].

In the meantime, the Crime Master has figured out the relationship between his girlfriend [[spoiler: and Spider-Man]] and he kills her. [[VillainousBreakdown Enraged]] he goes to Otto's hideout and starts [[KillItWithFire killing African-Americans]]. Spider-Man [[BreakThemByTalking encourages everybody]] who ''hasn't'' shot anybody to ''not'' joining the Crime Master on death row.

Otto Octavious, angry at the Crime Master [[EvenEvilHasStandards callous killing]], [[spoiler: stabs him to death with his surgical implements]]. He surrenders to Spider-Man in order to stand trial, who [[VigilanteMan denies him this right]], and is about to execute him until Jean deWolffe stops him.

Otto gets his trial. [[spoiler: And he gets deported.]]
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!!This series provides examples of:
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The final confrontation in the first mini.
* AdmiringTheAbomination: Peter for Octavious' experiments.
* AntiHero: Due to the tragic life he's led, Spidey becomes much more willing to kill. [[spoiler: This changed due to Aunt May]].
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Doctor Octavious.
* AdaptationalVillainy: [[spoiler: Ulrich]]
* AlmostDeadGuy: Jonah [[spoiler:'s imposter]]
** In Eyes Without a Face [[spoiler:Girl]]
* BadassLongcoat: As part of Spidey's costume.
* BigApplesauce
* BigBad: Norman Osborn.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Otto and Crime Master in Eyes Without a Face.
* BigBadWannabe: The Crime Master
* BiggerBad: Ansel's presence in Eyes Without a Face is all over the book, but Spider-Man doesn't even learn of his existence, or the fact he was behind the Crime Master's initial actions.
* BittersweetEnding: The first series is an EarnYourHappyEnding, while the second is a ''very'' bitter bittersweet victory.
* BlackBestFriend: Robbie Robertson.
* BlackBraAndPanties: Felicia Hardy.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Doctor Octavious
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: Osborn was born with a rare disease that gave him scaly skin]]. And due to how much he was teased and called a freak, this led to his StartOfDarkness.
* TheBrute: Both Ox and Sandman.
* CircusOfFear: Norman Osborn recruited his inner circle from the circus, [[spoiler:from which he himself is a refugee.]]
* CoatHatMask: Spider-Man, and the Crime Master.
* ColdOpen
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: [[spoiler: Spider-Man shoots Toomes, and Aunt May derides him for using fire arms.]]
* CryForTheDevil: Even after all he's done, it's hard not to feel bad at the end when Heinrich Himmler denounces Otto for being a born cripple, and thus unfit for the MasterRace.
* CursedWithAwesome: When Peter got bitten by the mystic spiders, he hallucinated that a spider god would give him "The Curse Of Power". Considering how the Spider Man powers have [[ComesGreatResponsibility affected]] [[IneffectualLoner other]] [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Spider Mean]], this isn't actually that far off.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Like all of the Marvel: Noir series.
* DisneyAcidSequence: When Peter gets bitten by the spider he receives visions.
* [[spoiler: DisneyDeath]]: Felicia. [[spoiler: Jameson in the first book]].
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Octavious
* DrugsAreBad: [[spoiler: Ben Ulrich]] does heroin.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Octavious get's one with a GrossUpCloseUp of an ape with his brain being vivisected in Eyes Without a Face.
** Earlier Sandman.
--> "[[PreMortemOneLiner Goodnight]]."
* EatenAlive: Norman wants a Spider idol, which is covered in big fat widowlike spiders. As soon as the box is opened, they swarm Fancy Dan and eat him.
** [[spoiler: Kraven suffers the same fate]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Octavious thinks lobotimizing people and keeping them locked up is humane, but killing them without respect is animalistic.
** Heinrich Himmler to Doctor Octavious, [[MasterRace but for other reasons]].
* EvilCripple: Doctor Octavious
* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: For so called "Lesser races"
* FlechetteStorm: [[spoiler: Crime Master's]] death.
* FoodSlap: Pete chucks a scotch in Norman's face when he mentions Uncle Ben.
* FriendOnTheForce: Jean de Wolfe.
* GenderFlip: Federal Agent Jean De Wolfe.
* GiantSpider: In the DisneyAcidSequence
* GoodBadGirl
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler: Crime Master's]] death.
* GunsAkimbo: Hammerhead in ''VideoGame/SpiderManShatteredDimensions''.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler: She, Black Cat]].
* HerrDoktor: Doctor Octavious. Doctor Conners as well.
* IdentityImpersonator [[spoiler: Chameleon is in the first book]], but you won't know until TheReveal.
* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler: The Vulture.]]
* IntrepidReporter: Peter, Ulrich and Jameson. And unlike other incarnations, Jameson is firmly in the side of good and less of a {{Jerkass}} to Spider Man.
* IronicNurseryRhyme: About the Sandman.
* JoeSentMe
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Nicely subverted with Dr. Octopus, who gets away with his experiments... only to get insulted and rejected by the Nazis that he practically worshipped because he doesn't fit they're definition of a MasterRace.]]
* KindheartedCatLover
* TheKlan: In the background of Eyes Without a Face.
* LatexPerfection: [[spoiler: Osborn's]] mask.
* LikesOlderWomen: Peter himself, being in love with the thirtysomething Felicia Hardy.
* MasterRace: Octavious is snubbed because his handicap is genetic, not accidental.
* MissKitty: Aptly, Felicia.
* MookCarryover: "Fat Larry" runs a seedy joint first for the Goblin, then for someone else, and finally for the Crime Master.
* MoralityPet: Literally, Kraven's monkey for Kraven. [[spoiler: Hie grief over his death provides a small spark of goodness, enough for him to survive a bit longer after being overwhelmed by the mystical spiders to kill Osborn.]]
* MythologyGag: Felicia never turns into a superhero or a ClassyCatBurglar, but her establisment is called "The Black Cat"
** Osborn is always seen in a [[WaistcoatOfStyle stylish]] [[GreenGoblin purple and green]] [[WaistcoatOfStyle waistcoat]].
* NeutralFemale: Black Cat runs a "respectable" business and can't afford getting in between Spider-Man and the bad guys.
* NiceHat: An occasional part of the Noir Spidey costume - he only wears it a couple times.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Spider-Man is on the receiving end of one of these by the hands of Sandman.
* NothingPersonal: Ulrich claims this is what Peter and May are to him. Just things getting away in his business.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Crime Master
* RedRightHand: Norman Osborn [[spoiler: Is a LizardFolk]]
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Spider-Man
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Otto
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Norman.
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: Peter, at first.
* SssssnakeTalk: Toomessssss.
* SnowMeansDeath: [[spoiler: Ben Ulrich's]] funeral.
* SuperheroPackingHeat
* TerribleTrio: The Enforcers
* ThoseWackyNazis: Nothing Wacky about the ones in Eyes Without a Face.
* TooDumbToLive: Peter, at first.
* VigilanteExecution
* VigilanteMan
* WallCrawl: In the comics, this is notably absent from Spidey's power set, though he can do it in ''VideoGame/SpiderManShatteredDimensions''.
** Justified, as the in-game manual and the IGN review both state that Spidey Noir can only wall-crawl at all (that rhymes!) because [[spoiler: Madame Web granted him those powers for use in the game. Since her powers were augmented by the dimensional rift, her upgrades and thus theirs went away when they fixed it.]]
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: The first three issues of Noir are a flash back building up to the ColdOpen.
* [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim Why Don't You Just Shoot Him, Spider-Man?]]: [[SubvertedTrope He does]].
** Except for, of all people, [[spoiler: the Goblin, due to the lecture from Aunt May. Of course, [[LaserGuidedKarma he got his anyway.]] ]]
* TheWormThatWalks [[spoiler: The spiders while still eating Kraven, force his body into the sewers for the climax]].
* WouldHitAGirl: Crime Master
* WretchedHive
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Ansel states this about Crime Master.