Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Mark Bagley
Colorist: Jason Keith
CATACLYSM: PART 3
Reed Richards and Miles Morales enter a portal into the main Marvel universe to learn about their Galactus and find a way to stop it.
The Ups: The star of this issue was Reed Richards and Bendis does an amazing job making his character feel real. There’s a very palpable tension between Reed and the rest of the superheroes in this issue. This tension becomes a great source of drama as Reed is one of the few people who can accomplish the task at hand and no one trusts him. Not only do we get to see a character who is widely regarded as a villain trying to do something to help others, but we also get see this damaged Reed Richards enter a world where is respected and admired instead of despised. This journey into the cleaner Marvel universe is brought to life with the art of Mark Bagley and Jason Keith. Mark Bagley’s art brings a new dimension to the issue with his ability to bring very subtle and complex emotions to life, and in a story filled with moral ambiguity and distrust there are plenty of opportunities to brings these complex emotions to life.
The Downs: For an event book the issue doesn’t leave off on a very climactic cliff-hanger. While the plot did advance forward significantly there’s still a lot we don’t know and none of the questions raised in previous issues were really answered.
Overall: This issue was a little slower in terms of plot, but during this lull in the action we get to see a lot of great character development between Reed Richards and the other heroes, and Miles Morales and the other heroes as well. This issue may not have answered any questions brought up in previous issues or advanced the plot very far but it did build on the connections between the characters involved and this will make the coming events of Cataclysm and its conclusion much more intense.
Grade 4 of 5