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FTN reviews Spider-Men #4

August 10th, 2012 by Christopher Williams 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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Christopher is self-billed as the World's Coolest Nerd (meaning he wears glasses and is clumsy, but he never earned good marks in school). He loves all things Star Wars and superhero related such as comics, books, cartoons and movies. He's a husband and father who somehow manages to keep up with his pastimes since his day job mainly consists of sitting around a store with not much to do. He's very outspoken and wants to share his opinions with the world, or at least his fellow nerds. You can follow him on Twitter @AUDone44.