Follow TV Tropes


Comic Book / Spidey

Go To

Spidey is a 12-issue Lighter and Softer modern reimagining of Spider-Man. It features a teen Peter Parker trying to do his best as a superhero and balancing it with going to school and having friends. The reality of the comic has been designated as Earth-16220.

Has a Broad Strokes 6-issue sequel named Spidey: School's out!, which borrows heavily from Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Not to be confused with Spidey Super Stories nor Spidey and His Amazing Friends.


Spidey and Spidey: School's out! contain examples of:

  • Adaptational Dye-Job: Flash has dark hair instead of his usual blond, and May also has dark hair instead of grey in School's Out.
  • The Adjectival Superhero: In the first issue Peter calls himself the Amazing Spider-Man before admitting that since he was just starting out he hadn't earned the name yet, changing it to the Spectacular Spider-Man before meekly settling on Spidey. In the final issue however, after defeating the Sinister Six and making a new costume after his last was destroyed, he calls himself the Amazing Spider-Man as he had now earned the name.
  • Age Lift: May at first looks to be the same age as she is usually portrayed, but School's Out makes her look much younger.
  • And the Adventure Continues: How the series concludes.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In issue #4 Dr Doom makes off with a painting by a Latverian artist, to be hung in a museum in his country.
  • Advertisement:
  • Broad Strokes: School's Out is canon with the rest of Spidey, but the characters are changed to better match Homecoming with May getting an Age Lift and Adaptational Dye-Job and Peter becoming friends with Ganke Lee (who Ned Leeds from Homecoming was based on).
  • Chekhov's Classroom: At the beginning of issue #2, the history teacher Mr. Maxwell explains how Leonidas used the environment to get the advantage. Later in the story, Spidey uses the environment to defeat Sandman.
  • Grand Finale: Issue #12, where Peter & Gwen finally get together and several previous villains return as The Sinister Six.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In issue #4, Electro had a cameo where he was Ambiguously Brown and had a different costume. After that, he's got back to his original look.
  • Heroic Bystander: Owen, a little boy who gives Spidey the idea of shutting down Doctor Doom's power source in issue four.
  • Kid Hero: Peter is only 15 when the series takes place.
  • Lighter and Softer: Since this is about a younger Spider-Man at the start of his career, he hasn't suffered as much tragedy as his main universe counterpart and his foes have yet to become as dangerous as they are usually shown to be.
  • Medium Awareness: Peter is somehow aware he's in a comic as one of his thought boxes even asks the reader to not turn the page, though it doesn't come up often and could easily be explained away as him having an overactive imagination and simply talking to himself.
  • Race Lift: Both Harry and his father Norman are Ambiguously Brown here, while Shocker is African-American.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Spidey spends almost all issue eleven to try to defeat Scorpion to get into the "ultimate team-up" (the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and Doctor Strange fighting Galactus). When he finishes, they are already done and he is left there to clean up the mess.
  • Shout-Out: Both Peter and Gwen are fans of Lord of the Rings.
  • Ultimate Universe: A minor example, especially when compared to Ultimate Spider-Man, as while the series is a Setting Update of the original Lee-Ditko Spider-Man and reimagines several characters to be more connected than they were in the original comics, such as Harry and Gwen being Peter's classmates in school, it doesn't stray too far from what has already been done. However School's Out reimagined more characters while taking some inspiration from the version of Spider-Man shown in the Marvel Cinematic Universe which made this version of the character a little more different from the main comic version.
  • Villain Team-Up: As usual, the Sinister Six.