(W) Brian Michael Bendis
(A/C) David Marquez
Miles Morales trucks on, dealing with the power and responsibility that come with wearing a skin-tight suit. Also this issue is fucking abysmal.
Nothing happens in this issue. I mean, there are events, which are portrayed in the (as always) spectacular art by David Marquez, but none of it is of any consequence. The issue opens with a 3 page sequence that just amounts to Normie going to a secret lab. Then, after the last issue’s cliffhanger of Peter Parker being alive, we get a solid two pages of Miles being befuddled.
I have no problem with Bendis’ decompressed style of storytelling, but this issue is ridiculous. Miles figures out this Peter must be a clone of the real one, and we get a whole page that’s just Miles jumping around saying “Clone” over and over. Then the issue ends with a few pages of a goddamned interminable conversation with Ganke, full of prime Bendis-ing — for those unfamiliar with the term, it means lots of cut-off sentences and repeating the same things with different punctuation. Bendis? Bendis.
At the end, it seems like something is fucking finally going to happen, and Miles might tell Kate (Bishop, at one time Hawkeye in the 616 universe) his secret identity, but then we get a TO BE CONTINUED. So it cuts off before anything of note can be resolved, and the entire issue was a waste of time and money. There are a couple of pages that involve the Fake Spider-Men beating up some guards, but there’s no development in their story apart from the mention that they’re looking for a shipment from Latveria.
I love this series. I hate this issue.