Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Sara Pichelli
This is it! The conclusion of the Spider-Men crossover event. This was such a great ride that I was so excited to see how they wrapped this up. Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed with how it all ended.
The whole thing felt rushed and wrapped up too quickly. Instead of an ultimate final battle here, one that I was led to believe would see ASM and USM team up with the Ultimates to take down Mysterio. The Ultimates were present…in the background as ASM and USM got to work on Mysterio. After a quick battle that seemed drawn out to fill some pages we also get an underwhelming goodbye from ASM as he heads back to Earth 616.
Given the emotional weight that really hit home in the previous issues I really wanted to see more of that in the parting of ways from the two Spider-men. Though Peter Parker’s approval of Miles Morales and Ultimate Nick Fury backing it up was nice. The most intriguing part was the last few panels that I’m really hoping will take us into a very interesting story on Earth 616.
Pichelli’s art here is as top notch as it has always been throughout the series. That definitely helped cushion the blow of the seemingly rushed wrapped up. I’m so glad that the series gave us some great moments in previous issues or else I would’ve been thoroughly let down by the conclusion rather than sort of let down. I think if it had been expanded to six issues instead of five than the conclusion could’ve been played out in a more appropriate pacing. As a whole the series was great, stand alone this issue didn’t hold the weight.
2.5 out of 5 nerds for issue #5
4.5 out of 5 nerds for the whole crossover event
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