SPIDER-MEN #4 of 5 Review by Jamie Dunst
Brian Michael Bendis: Writer; Sara Pichelli: Artist; Justin Ponsor: Colorist; Cory Petit: Letterer; Jimmy Cheung & Justin Ponsor: Cover Artists
When last we left our Amazingly Ultimate duo of Peter Parker and Miles Morales, Peter wound up at the home of the Ultimate Parkers and saw Ultimate Aunt May and Gwen Stacy. The issue picks up with the continuation of that confrontation. May and Gwen can’t believe it’s really Peter until Miles shows up and confirms it. Back at the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, Ultimate Tony and Nick Fury converse about trying to locate Mysterio when they bring up the older Peter Parker which leads to a touching scene with Nick and how he promised things to Ultimate Peter that he couldn’t make good on.
Elsewhere, we then see Mary Jane being told by Gwen about the older Peter Parker as we come to Aunt May who had passed out from all of the weirdness waking up to hear talking from upstairs. She goes to see Gwen, Miles and Peter talking about all the strangeness that goes along with being a superhero. They have a great conversation about where Peter comes from and if there are versions of Gwen and MJ there. Ultimate Gwen is annoyed because in older Peter’s world, MJ is a supermodel. Peter then tells Aunt May how he became Spider-Man and she finally believes that this is Peter Parker grown up and they have a very nice moment together before S.H.I.E.L.D. comes to get Peter and Miles. Before he goes, Peter thinks he sees MJ but can’t stay long enough to try and see her. The S.H.I.E.L.D. car flies off leaving a happy Aunt May and Gwen and a teary eyed MJ.
We then see a meeting of Peter Parker and Tony Stark and between them and Miles Morales, they begin to figure out how to locate Mysterio. The issue ends with Nick Fury calling in….well everyone and we see a full page photo of 616 Peter Parker flying into action alongside Ultimate Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man and S.H.I.E.L.D. I can’t wait to see this end battle. Should be awesome. So once again, the art is brilliant. Sara Pichelli does an amazing job with both action and showing emotions on characters. The scenes with Peter and Aunt May really got me and a lot of it had to do with the emotional images that we got. Brian Michael Bendis does an outstanding job when it comes to emotional dialogue between characters. I have always thought it was one of his biggest strengths and this issue was full of that and I loved every minute of it. The only thing that really confused me was the cover which seemed to have nothing to do with the issue itself but other than that, a great issue and I can’t wait to see how it all ends.
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