Wednesday, August 8, 2012

NB of the Week

Spider-Men #4 (of 5)
(Pay no mind to the cover. That never even happens. But still cool)
Bendis may the only guy right now that can write a comic with nothing but dialogue, no action what-so-ever and still make it the best comic of the week. And he did it twice this week. In New Avengers, the Illuminati is called back together by Captain America in hopes that Namor will show and he will be able to civilly talk to him because of their history. Nothing but talking and it was amazing. Spider-Men did the same but much, much better.
In case you don't follow things, Spider-Men is the story of regular Marvel Peter Parker traveling to the Ultimate Universe and meeting the new Spider-Man there, Miles Morales. At the end of issue 3, Pete takes off when SHIELD shows and heads over to Aunt May's house only to see Gwen fully alive with her. This issue is nothing more than Pete, May, Gwen and Miles talking. There's a lot of disbelief and shock and a lot of heart.
Bendis is amazing with character dialogue and it's used perfectly here. You feel the hurt of Gwen and May as they see this "impostor" dressed as their Pete. You feel the uneasy nature of Pete as he tries to tiptoe around the fact that his Gwen is dead. You feel the love from May as she gets that final chance to tell her son how much she loved him before he dies, even is it's not really him. As SHIELD comes for him, you feel that (silly)warm love that Gwen and Pete share as they hug each other goodbye. And when Pete looks across the street to see a shocked MJ who turns and runs from him, you feel the sadness that she's going through.
Absolutely nothing happens in the issue until the last page when everybody goes after Mysterio (the reason Pete's here to begin with) and I wouldn't want it any other way. This is some of the best character writing that I have read in a very long time and I would gladly read more.

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