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

Ponsor & Cheung

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:★★★★★ 

 

 

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

Jim Cheung
Jim Cheung

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:★★★★☆ 

Marvel Sneak Peek: Spider-Men #2 & Spider-Men #3

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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