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FTN reviews Spider-Men #4

August 10th, 2012 by Marc Comments


Story by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Sara Pichelli

Man, this is the book that keeps on giving. I have to be honest, Spider Man is one of my favorite characters of all time, but I’ve never picked up one of his books. I have however grown up watching every single variation of animated Spider Man since the still panel version from the 60’s right on to  Ultimate Spider Man currently airing. This book combined with his star turn in AvX #9 may just change that.

I originally picked this book up because it’s Amazing Spider Man traveling to the Ultimate Universe and teaming up with their Spider Man. It was a no brainer, I had to read this series. After the tear jerking conclusion of #3 I was salivating in anticipation of #4’s release. I was not disappointed.

In this issue ASM meets Ultimate May Parker and Gwen Stacy, and man, what a payoff it was. Not going to lie, I got a bit teary eyed reading this. The gravity of May Parker meeting a grown version of Peter was amazing and Pichelli’s art work here really sells the heaviness of the situation. Peter’s soft facial expressions combined with May’s make for some great moments. another stand out moment is Ultimate Gwen Stacy asking about her 616 counterpoint and watching Peter awkwardly dance around her questions.

Nick Fury also delivered some great lines here from him being sorry to hear that Earth 616’s Fury is white to stating he already likes 616’s Tony Stark better because he doesn’t drink. Bendis really hit these comedic beats with ease. I actually laughed out loud at those lines. If you’re not reading this book you are doing yourself a disservice.

5 out 5 nerds.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….