Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #4
By Zak Edwards
November 10, 2011 - 13:15
Writer(s): Brian Michael Bendis
Penciller(s): Sara Pichelli
Colourist(s): Justin Ponsor
Letterer(s): Cory Petit
Cover Artist(s): Kaare Andrews
I think I'm finally over myself with this title. For those of you who have been reading my reviews of this book, you are probably rolling your eyes at my continued lamenting of the passing of the status quo in this book. It’s true, I miss Peter and Gwen and Mary-Jane and Aunt May because they were some of the most fully realized characters in superhero comics today. Writer Brian Michael Bendis could and did write entire issues without so much as a whiff of Spider-Man, where these characters did little more than stand around and talk, and those were some of the best issues in the series. But they have left the building and replacing them are a new set of interesting, unique, and beautifully illustrated characters, and all I can do is complain about where the others are.
Sara Pichelli, the driving force of my continued purchase of this book, is still handing in some of the best work of her career (well, as much of it as I am familiar with). Emotive, fluid, wonderfully coloured by series mainstay Justin Ponsor, there isn’t another person this book could be in the better hands of right now, including amazing past artists like Stuart Immonen and Mark Bagley. And you can see Bendis’ reliance on her emotive capacity grow every issue. More and more, Bendis is taking a step back on his dialogue to let Pichelli communicate with the pictures. Many of the best exchanges in this issue are silent, and its nice to see the relationship between the creators as the series progresses. I sincerely hope Picheilli sticks around for a very long time, she is beyond a perfect match, she is actually making the book, and writer, better with each issue.
Grade: A- Bold, new, and taking a stance as a good idea. Finally I get it.
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