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Review – Spider-Men #5 – ” Guess This Is Goodbye Huh!”

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Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Sara Pichelli
Cover by: Jim Cheung
Variant Cover by: Travis Charest, Sara Pichellis,

This Issue concludes the meeting between Spider-Man (616) Peter Parker and Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales, While the story isn’t as climatic as it should have been it’s still a very good and entertaining for a mini-series writer Brian Michael Bendis humor and wit, most noticeably in scenes with Miles and Peter or Ultimate Iron Man and Nick Fury. Bendis nails each of these characters, Both Iron Man and Nick Fury’s sense of humor resemble its movie counter-part.

Spider-men #5 consists of a hysterical Mysterio being overwhelmed by the likes of both spidey’s and The Avengers, in a last ditch effort he drops some kind of chemical agent that causes hallucination, but that’s quickly put to rest by Miles who lands a couple of kicks to Mysterio and from there Fury and the others coming up with a perfect solution to deal with the villain, one a few emotional sense come when Peter and Miles say goodbye to one another , as the portal closes Peter shoots Miles a little words of wisdom but is interrupted when the portal finally closes on him, the interesting part is Peter is telling Miles something very important but couldn’t finish. The issue and series ends on a interesting note when Peter Parker back in 616 timeline checks to see if there’s a Miles Morales in his time.

If Marvel is smart they should keep Sara Pichelli around for more projects her work is dam near perfect in every issue, one of her strong points to me is her action sequences she nails all the body positions and facial expressions in every panel, Pichelli also blends 616 and Ultimate elements together smoothly throughout the 5 issues, you can say I’m so what of a fanboy to Sara Pichelli, and your probably right, but you can’t say the girl doesn’t have skill when it comes to the pen.

With the crossover ending the way it did I wouldn’t bee surpised if they continue the storyline in the near future, while it may not be a classic Spidey story arc Spider-Men #1-5 is an enjoyable series and has its moments, because it is written so well I think Marvel has something here in terms of long haul I can see Miles as Peters side kick in the 616 universe or Peter making appearances in the Ultimate universe.

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★★ 

 

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Marvel Friday Sale – Astonishing series books for 99 cents!

Marvel loves a good sale, today is no exception for the team as they put on intro looks into their astonishing lines on sale for a limited period (until 8pm PST / 11pm EST). Check out Spider-Man & Wolverine, Thor and X-Men and find out how their story arcs began.

The list:

Check out the Marvel Friday Digital Sale for all the details including covers, ratings and descriptions of each book so you know if it’s something you want to jump into.

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Review – Spider-Men #4 – “Peter Parker Goes Home”

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Sara Pichelli
Cover by: Justin Ponsor & Jimmy Cheung
Variant Cover by: Jim Cheung, Sara Pichellis, Mike Deodato

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When Peter returns to Aunt May’s at the end of issue #3, I mentioned that was anxious to find out how this meeting was going to pan out. I also said that the story would get more depth and more emotional. I was right to think so as Spider-Men #4 with Brian Michael Bendis fills this issue with lots emotional moments, something you would expect considering the tragedies of the Ultimate universe. Bendis nails it on this issue with the interaction and emotion between the characters as it is what makes this issue very solid. Each character has a different reaction to Peter’s return, most noticeably Aunt May’s anger and confusion which leads to her fainting, or MJ who is too hurt to even see him. Then, there’s Gwen who at first is angered but quickly over it and acting like a normal teenager all the while young Miles is borderline obsessing over Peter’s web shooters. Every character has a different reaction to his appearance which I find exuberant.

Once again Sara Pichelli brings all of Bendis work to life in this issue, accenting the moments of this series with emotional details. She visibly catches the moments that I noted earlier about with sharp attention in each panel. Pichelli’s work in this series and series of the past demonstrate that she is a master of detailing. Her work is always on point, from character designs, action movement sequences, page layouts and perspective. She is in my opinion, one of the best artists Marvel has right now and I know I’m not the only one who feels the same way.

Final thoughts: When reading issues #1-4 you can tell that Bendis enjoys writing for Spider-Men, his work is very consistent while working in humor and delivering emotion in different situations. Every character is handled with a personal touch that brings out their unique feelings. In the end Spider-Men #4 is the best issue so far and is a turning point for this story, hopefully Bendis can finish this off strong.

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★★ 

 

 

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Review – Spider-Men #3 – “Spider-Men vs Mysterio”

Written by:  Brian Michael Bendis
Art by:  Sara Pichelli
Cover by: Justin Ponsor & Jimmy Cheung
Variant Cover by: Sara Pichellis,Rainier Beredo,Terry & Rachel Dodson

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After blowing up the helicopter Peter and Miles confront the avatar of Mysterio, a brash Miles jumps into action without hesitation and is quickly taken down. At that moment Peter begins to understand situation and tells the younger spider-man to step so he can handled it, but before he can come up with a plan they hit with one of Mysterio’s illusions and are attack by a barrage of 616 and Ultimate villains. Form hear the action plays out with the two spider-men clashing with the likes of Green Goblin, Venom and Miles uncle Aaron, the action in this section is kinda straight forward with the two spidey’s taking down Mysterio quite easy, you would think when Miles is confronted by his uncle would produce some drama but that’s not the case here. Bendis could have done alot of things here by inserting some humor or more emotion as the two tag team it out.

Form there the story picks up allitle bit when Nick Fury and the The Ultimates show up at the end of the Mysterio fight. Bendis sheds more light on the tech Mysterio is working with, meanwhile peter takes off to resume his quest to find out what has exactly happened to the Spider-Man of this world. The last last few pages of this issues does show more emotion and the humor that was missing earlier, notably when Peter finds out the truth about himself and when he returns home and confronts Aunt May and Gwen. Although the script in this issue missed in alot of areas, the one thing that was a hit is Sara Pichelli artwork it’s very consistent in each panel action or non action, character figures are spot on as she blends the 616 and Ultimate villains together.

Spider-Men #3 is a decent issues but considering there’s only a few more issues left in the series, I expect the story to get deeper and more emotionally. Let’s see if Issue #4 will answer that call, I’m anxious to find-out

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 
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Review – Spider-Men #2 – “Peter Parker meet Miles Morales, Miles Morales meet Peter Parker”

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Written by:  Brian Michael Bendis
Art by:  Sara Pichelli
Cover by:  Jim Cheung
Variant Cover by: Sara Pichellis

An unconscious Mysterio wakes up and notices that Spider-Man has falling through the portal, upset that Spider-Man has always  gotten in his way he activates his avatar suit and walks through the portal declaring that he will get rid of Spidey once and for all. Meanwhile Peter Parker and Miles Morales stand face to face with Peter asking for answers the young Spidey can’t give, the conversion quickly turns into a little skirmish with Miles getting the upper hand using his Venom Strike to knock him out. The fight between the two is everything you would  expect,  Sara does a wonderful job showing the similarities and the differences in both characters from movements to fighting styles each is very distinguish and their own.

After a brief in-counter with Nick Fury who tells the younger Spider-Man to assist his mentor and tell him everything he needs to know about the world he’s in now and what happened to that Peter Parker, he also says he’s going to look into how Peter ended up in this world and the problems it may cause the longer he stays there. The two jump on a Shield helicopter and begin to talk once again, only this time it’s on a more serious subject and that’s the fate of this world’s Peter Parker, just when Miles is going to answer the big question of his fate Mysterio’s avatar shoots a rocket at the helicopter causing them to jump off.

Issue #2 is exactly how I though it was going to be and that’s story development, Peter is trying to grasp the situation he’s landed in while the young Miles does the same thing as well, there are some comedic parts in this issue but its’ s more physical as each tries to unmask the other. But none of it would make sense without Sara Pichelli, her action sequences are some of the cleanest I’ve seen in a comic book, every panel is laid out nicely with solid well proportion figure work. In the end Bendis opens up the story  just a bit and gives the reader a nice little twist at the end of issue.

Spider-Men #2 is a very entertaining crossover and as long as Bendis and Pichelli keep the formula the way it is I can’t see this event not being accepted by die-hard traditional Spidey fans, it has an alluring quality to it, one would have to be a fault-finding individual not like this comic

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★½ 
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Amazing Spider-Man goes behind the scenes with Bruce Campell

Bruce has been a staple of the Spider-Man game franchise for a while now, it shouldn’t be any surprise to find out that he’s making a return with this new title and as usual he’s giving it all his signature tweaks to make sure people have fun with it. As a method actor Bruce does get a bit involved though, his story of how he prepared for the role packs humor and a lot of cringing at the same time. Rock on Bruce.

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Review – New Avengers #28 (AVX)

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Mike Deodato
Colors: Rain Beredo
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Mike Deodato & Rain Beredo
Published by: Marvel Comics

New Avengers #28 whisks us out of the main AVX timeline to flash back to Hope and the final chapter of the legendary Iron Fist who challenge the Phoenix. Unfortunately we did get a bit confused in all of that, thinking the girl was possibly Hope when it was a girl from legend instead. Apologies there.

The issue is a story of training and Hope’s continued struggle with her destined occupational promotion to Phoenix host, given the attachments of doom and destruction it’s understandable she wouldn’t be excited about the prospect. New Avengers 28 drops us back into the realm of the Iron Fist as the story completes and Hope sits confused hoping to know what she needs to do next. Unfortunately with something this cosmic and powerful there’s no way to just tell someone what they need to accomplish, instead Master Yu Ti sets her down to learn her paths that may follow as she empties her mind.

What happens after that point is a shock as her path deviates from the story told to her, instead of pursuing the Dragon she must pursue the Spider and learn its ways to best assist her challenge in saving the Earth and going head to head with something like the Phoenix. It’s here we get some insight that elaborates the moon struggle from AVX #5 and the growth Hope had been searching for to be able to take on the challenge, fortunately it doesn’t throw readers back into the fray as the story is still to be continued between her and “The Spider”. I have to admit that during the issue it gets a bit abrasive to see Hope constantly fighting around with people she should feel confident in, demanding to know answers and not going along with the rituals even though she just heard about the other host doing these things.

Even with that, I can’t knock this side story as it brings humor, elaboration and some tension into the mix. There is no one stop solution from the Iron Fist to handle the Phoenix which is a deviation from everything we’ve seen so far from the other factions involved.

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★½ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 
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Marvel Sneak Peek: Spider-Men #2 & Spider-Men #3

Here’s a first look at SPIDER-MEN #2 & #3, of Brian Bendis and Sara Pichelli ultimate Spider-Man series! With Peter Parker and Miles Morales meeting can they both work together to defeat their foes, or will they require the help of Nick Fury and his team of Ultimates?

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Spider-Men #2 (APR120606)
Spider-Men #2 MARTIN VARIANT (APR120607)
Spider-Men #2 PICHELLI VARIANT (APR120608)
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Sara Pichelli
Cover by Jim Cheung
Variant Covers by Marcos Martin & Sara Pichelli
FOC – 6/4/12, On-Sale – 6/27/12

Spider-Men #3 (MAY120671)
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Penciled by Sara Pichelli
Cover by Jim Cheung
Variant Covers by Sara Pichelli & Terry Dodson
FOC – 6/18/2012, On Sale – 7/11/2012

 

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Marvel Free Focus (6/18) jumps to the 70′s

Free focus is a project put on by Marvel to allow for fans to get free issues from the huge database of digital comics that Marvel has built up. This week we’re going back to the 70′s with Thor, Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and the Avengers as they battle Magneto. Check out the list below and be sure to catch them before they’re gone.

For those wondering, it looks like the trend continues next week minus the 90′s X-Men issue, we’ll have that out when it lands too.

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