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Naked Reading 2023 XXVI

I've updated my Naked Reading 2023 page with my latest read, Spider-Man: India (2004).

This four-issue miniseries takes the well known Spider-Man origin story and gives it an Indian twist. Filling it with Indian cultural references, a setting in Mumbai rather than New York, and populating it with multiple villains which are Indian-style demons rather than technological menaces. It mostly works great. The design of Indian Spider-Man is delightful, and the reimagining of his universe as being part of a millennia-spanning demonic epic is a great twist. The series could have done with a longer run to really expand on its cool concepts, but what we got was enjoyable, and it’s surprising the character hasn’t been used that much again until very recently.

That's my mini-review, but I've also written more extensive thoughts on my book review blog.

Plus once more as a little bonus for my Patreon supporters, I have shared a few alternate takes of this self portrait on that platform too.


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