Edge of Spider-verse packs in the anime references


Peni Parker in anime land

While western superhero comics (known as "Ame-comi" in Glorious Nippon) don't usually fall under Japanator's purview, there's no denying that the influence of anime and manga can reach far and wide. That's exactly what's happening in the latest issue of Marvel Comics' Spider-Man franchise.

Edge of Spider-verse, a special series leading up to the web-slinger's latest crossover event, has been exploring the lives of alternate versions of Spider-Man. The different stories have followed African-American Spider-Men, evil Spider-Men, female Spider-Men, and in the fifth issue, written by Gerard Way and illustrated by James Wyatt, the multiverse turns its eye on the saga of "Peni Parker", pilot of the symbiotic SP//dr mecha-suit. The story itself draws from classic tokusatsu hero shows for inspiration, but is also rife with various anime and manga references in the art, including cameos from Ghost in the Shell, Evangelion, Dirty Pair, and Akira.

Read on for a few choice panels from the issue!

SP//dr and this universe's Daredevil bring the hurt on Ghost in the Shell's Motoko, Batou, and Saito.

Dirty Pair's Kei, Evangelion's Asuka, and Gurren Lagann's Simon attend Peni's class.


Peni may soon end up fighting some Angels if her class roster is indicative of future plots.


You'd think that as part of Section 9, Borma, Togusa, and Ishikawa would know better than to get involved with Neo-Tokyo's biker gang scene.

Even the new Ms. Marvel and the X-Men's Idie Okonkwo aren't safe from appearing in random parts of the multiverse.

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