Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: David Marquez
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Overwhelmed with guilt about keeping secrets from his girlfriend, worried about his father, and baffled by the sudden reappearance of Peter Parker, Miles Morales has found himself stuck between a rock and a hard place. As if things weren’t bad enough already, Norman Osborn (Green Goblin) is on the loose again and Miles has unfortunately made contact with the green behemoth at the very site of Peter Parker’s supposed death…
The Ups: My favorite thing about this series and especially in this issue is Brian Michael Bendis’ writing when it comes to character dialogue. Bendis has the unique gift of capturing the true essence of human conversation and convey that same feeling through the characters. For example, Katie Bishop, Miles’ girlfriend, is reeling and emotionally unstable after learning about her boyfriend’s secret double life. The conversation she has with her sister about the issue in the book made me feel like I was actually in front of two real people talking. When Bendis uses the words and how he uses them make for a very captivating scenario for anyone who picks up this book. However, in a comic book, words cannot be the only means of portraying something. In order for the right feelings to be evoked in the reader, there must be an appropriate balance in the artwork and script. This scene between Katie and her sister as well as a fight scene later on in the issue shows that David Marquez and Justin Ponsor have a lot of depth and dimension to their work. The two of them working together are able to create touching, emotional moments and dynamic action sequences that leave you in awe and wanting more.
The Downs: The only thing I am slightly upset about is that the overall plot of the story seems lost. I don’t know if that is the creative team’s intention—to create a mystery with a lot of questions and minimal answers—or if they truly aren’t sure where they are going with it. That kind of uncertainty isn’t always a good thing and could force some readers to stop continuing the series.
Overall: Although I did say the kind of mystery Bendis and his team have going on in the series may be bad so far, I find it to be quite entertaining. The idea of the unknown intrigues me and only makes the answers—when they do come—more enjoyable. Despite the fact of an unclear story, this issue was a very good read on its own. The individual characters interacting as a whole in certain scenes really brought the entire issue home for me and I am eager to see what’s in store next time around.
Grade 4 of 5