Continuing off from a blog I did a few months ago we head back into the Edge of Spider-Verse and heading into the universe where Aaron Aikman is our Spider-Man.
The issue opens with the backstory of Aaron and how he became Spider-Man and in this universe, he is a molecular biologist who also branches into bioengineering and molecular chemistry and in secrecy he experimented on himself by cloning a Spider’s genes into his own genes and became Spider-Man. A cool part of this story of this story is that they give a backstory to his suit but also his villains, including one called Redeye. But the introduction to the main story opens with the introduction to Spider-Man’s latest villain called Naamurah.
Aaron is in his lab late at night working on a new batch of webbing to make it stronger the next time that he faces off against her. We are then introduced to the other main character of the issue Doctor Kaori Ikegami who is Aaron’s boss and we get a text dump about her. But the most important that we get is that it turns out that seven years ago her daughter, Hannah, was hit by a car and that she has been for the past ten years and during that time Aaron was supportive to her that they are to believe to be in a relationship. But then one day Kaori changed and she moved her daughter to a separate facility.
Aaron then spent time to devote to his time to find out who Naamurah is and he came up with a cunning plan to stop the nightmare but that gets put on hold for a bit when he gets a knock at the door where Kaori appears. And then she kisses him. She asks him to run away with her but he turns her down saying that he had to catch a redeye but she then changes her mood and then goes off on him saying that he doesn’t care about Hannah. He retorts saying that she didn’t want him to be involved with her daughter and then asks her if she is dead and Kaori flees his apartment. On the street, he thinks to himself that Spider-Man is going to attack tonight.
We then get a two-page spread of Spider-Man, mid-flight, and runs for a search to find where Naamurah and manages to save the victim. But during saving Naamurah manages to get the drop on him but she gets wrapped up in webbing. But when he finds out that the person that he has caught isn’t actually another person called Daarroh, and it turns out that Spider-Man knows who the person and that’s being a victim of Naamurah. Spider-Man then takes Daarroh to the research facility that he works at and it is revealed that the suit that he was something that seemed to be keeping the patient alive. Aaron asks if they still have the robotic suit and the doctor there says that they do as the police are picking it up in the morning. But since their expert in robotics is unavailable but it turns out that he is more help since that a part of the robot suit that was taken off the patient was a bio-engineered neural interface that Aaron had designed, to help Hannah.
In a workshop, Spider-Man confronts Kaori on where Hannah is where she replies that she isn’t there and that she is gone. She asks Aaron, not Spider-Man, to not hurt her for what she has done, but he interrupts her asking her about the neural interface, who Naamurah is and where Hannah is. So, she then tells him the truth and that is she was successful with getting her daughter out of the coma but then something bad starts to happen. She starts to hallucinate that she can see somebody and that she ended up turning into Naamurah. She then tells him that she was forced to build more of suits for people and that she had turned them all into walking machines.
Spider-Man runs out of the room to try and do something and starts narrating to himself that this was his fault and that he is the only one that can save the world from this invasion. But as Spider-Man gets to the end of the corridor he is interrupted by Morlun, and it is led that he killed him and that his world is to be overrun by the walking machines created by Naamurah.
Overall this is a really good story that was made for this one shot, it gave a back story to character introducing his villains rather well.