Today marks the release of Doctor Strange #390, the finale of Donny Cates’s popular run on the title. But you don’t have to be familiar with Cates’s Doctor Strange to enjoy the best part of the issue: Two pages in which Spider-Man gets to talk to an actual spider.
Broadly, Doctor Strange #390 is all about providing emotional closure to Stephen Strange and his supporting cast, including his former apprentice, Zelma Stanton. But peppered in-between all that is some consistent comic relief from your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Peter is visiting the good Doctor at his current place of hiding from his responsibilities — a veterinary clinic — and he’s heard that in the course of treating his furry patients, Dr. Strange has been using his magical abilities to talk to them.
Yes. Yes, he does.
What immediately follows is a two-page interlude, written by Cates and drawn by that expert in comedic comics, Chip Zdarsky, in which Doctor Strange’s spell apparently creates a separate little realm where Spider-Man and a man-sized spider can walk around and have a little chat. It also gives Spider-Man a yellow knit sweater to wear over his costume.
The spider is friendly enough to Peter, but not particularly impressed.
It turns out there are several things a “spider can” that Spider-Man declines to do. I won’t spoil how the scene concludes, but it ends like most things do for the eternally luck-less Peter Parker:
The finale of a series might not seem like a good issue to recommend if you’ve never read the rest, but, thanks to Spider-Man, Doctor Strange #390 is a surprising exception. You can pick it up at your local comic shop today or grab it online.