Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: David Marquez
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
While Miles wrestles with the decision to tell his girlfriend about his secret identity as Spider-man, Peter Parker, who is surprisingly alive again, is nowhere to be found after his short fight with Miles. Meanwhile, with S.H.I.E.L.D. officially out of commission, Norman Osborn a.k.a. the Green Goblin is free and his agenda is unclear to everyone…
The Ups: The issue presents and emphasizes on a lot of moving parts that have been happening since the series began and writer Brian Michael Bendis is, so far, treating the questions created in the series so far like an intricate puzzle where the answer is right in front of you but not put together just yet. How is Peter back? What is Norman’s agenda? Where is Miles’ father? All these questions flow through my head while reading the issue but even though the issue doesn’t answer every question, it does not hinder my reading experience. Bendis’ style of writing has a way of keeping us in the present with the story at that moment. David Marquez’s art style is something that I also enjoy very much. Marquez’s artwork is very subtle in the way he makes the characters faces and expressions very smooth and easy to look at like painting. Also, a little fun fact, if you look closely at the characters in this issue, you can see where Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez decided to put their likeness into the book. They probably wanted to feel a little bit closer to Miles in his time of need and there’s nothing wrong with that!
The Downs: Justin Ponsor’s colors weren’t all that good this time around. In certain panels the background was almost the same color as the characters in them so I had to look back once or twice to see everything that was going on. In other places his use of very bright and vibrating colors made the actual page hard to look at, but not very often.
Overall: In the end this was a great issue. The thing that truly sells the issue after everything is Miles’ attitude towards the events happening around him. He is just as confused about the questions I stated above as we, the reader, are and that connection makes reading his inner monologue much more interesting. I’m sure Bendis has a plan for these unanswered questions but Miles and all of us will just have to wait patiently for them.
Grade 4 of 5