Spider-Men #4

Spider-Men #4

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Sara Pichelli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 8, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17
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Can the Spider-Men stop Mysterio? Peter Parker comes face-to-face with the family he never had! One of the most powerful moments in the lives of both Spider-Men!

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Jimmy Aug 11, 2012

    The conclusion to the Death of Spider-Man arc brought tears to my eyes, and I wasn't sure if Bendis could ever top that. Then he went straight back to the roots of what made Spider-Man a compelling character and introduced us to Miles Morales, and I was able to push aside my sadness and embrace the sheer joy of the new character. Now he's simultaneously giving the Death of Spider-Man a more complete conclusion for Aunt May and Gwen, as well as using the opportunity to bring growth to Miles. Additionally the continuity between this title and Ultimate Comics Spider-Man has been a true joy to watch, as Bendis nimbly dances the stories around each other without explicitly telling us where the timeline of each one falls. This is by far the best issue of the Spider-Men mini so far, and one of the best Spider-Man stories I've read in a long time, earning it my highest praise and a full five out of five stars. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Aug 8, 2012

    If you're only going to pick up one book this week, even if you haven't read Spider-Men at all, this should still be the issue you should get. It's an incredibly powerful issue. This is an amazing story from start to finish in the middle of a dynamite story line. Bendis' writing is fantastic here, as well as the pacing from beat to emotional beat. Sara Pichelli's art, as always, is top notch and she proves you don't just have to have to guys punching each other in the face to tell a great story artistically. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Kevin Beckham Aug 21, 2012

    This is the Brian Michael Bendis that I know. This is the kind of storytelling and writing that made me fall in love with him as a writer so many years back. Sure we can debate all day if he’s fallen off because Marvel makes him write almost everything or that he’s better than ever and that’s the reason that Marvel makes him write almost everything. Honestly, none of that really matters. Because at the end of the day it’s really all about if the story reached you and you alone and this story did that for me. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBuzz - David O'Leary Nov 5, 2012

    I have no hesitation is tagging this book as one of the best cross overs in recent years. I have a hope that the crossover isnt ignored in the respective universes and is acknowledged by both sides. Who wouldnt love to see an Avengers/Ultimates crossover. If Marvel looked at what the fans want, with the exception of a Marvel/DC crossover which wont happen because of petty politics, they would see that they have two hugely strong universes at their disposal where they can weave tales that could entice readers like myself back into the fold once more as this one has. Excellent stuff. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Crux - Nick Verissimo Aug 8, 2012

    For fans of the Ultimate Spider-Man stories, this issue is an absolute must.  People who havent been following along with that series probably wont get too much out of it, but from my perspective this book is perfect.  Like I said, its really brave, to me anyway, for someone to have a book be entirely dialogue as the penultimate issue of an arc, so I tip my hat to Mr. Bendis and excitedly await the final issue! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Aug 9, 2012

    So far, Bendis has outdone himself with this story, as well as artist, Sara Pichelli. Her renderings of the characters are nothing short of gorgeous. Never have these characters looked so cool and so classic. While this issue delivered on characterization and making the reader empathize with the characters, it was curiously lacking on any sort of action. I suppose they'll remedy that with the final issue, but it would've been nice to see Pete and Miles taking on some bad guys this issue. That would've made it perfect. Speaking of which, judging from the last page, we should be getting plenty of action in the final issue, as the heroes race to confront Mysterio about his interdimensional tampering. I have a feeling the last chapter will be the best yet. Over all, I'm thoroughly enjoying this series and it looks to be shaping up to be a classic entry in the Spider-Man canon. I give this issue a 9.5/10. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Garth the Geek Aug 10, 2012

    Long story short: the marketing attracted my attention, but it's the creative team of Bendis and Pichelli that really pulled me into this comic and I will definitely be coming back for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Aug 13, 2012

    However, it's clear "Spider-Men" will go down in comics history as a perennial favorite. Indeed, it's already hard not to root for a sequel where Miles gets to return the favor and visit Peter in the mainstream Marvel Universe. Maybe it'll happen, maybe not, but if it's half as much fun as this series, it'd be justified. Let's just hope we don't have to wait another 10 years for it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 10, 2012

    And hopefully Miles Morales will have a bit more to do, too. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Aug 13, 2012

    As always, Bendis and Pichelli delivery the goods, in droves, with their unique talents. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Aug 14, 2012

    Spider-Men #4 is fun. Let's see if it can be conisistently so. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Aug 8, 2012

    Bendis has certainly handled this story well. It's easy to imagine the many ways it could go awry, but he keeps it intimate and personal without crossing any lines. He sees the obvious humor in this strange situation and mines it for subtle laughs. The fatherly love that Bendis has for these characters can be felt on every panel and in every word balloon, and while it's not over yet, I'd wager this will end up being the sweetest Spider-Man story we've seen in a long time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Aug 8, 2012

    All-in-all, Spider-Men has been a really good crossover. And really good crossovers are few and far between. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Walt Richardson Aug 9, 2012

    Skeptics will say that “Spider-Men” is just a cash grab, citing that infamous quote about the possibility of a 616/Ultimate crossover. Even if it is, though, Bendis writing Spider-Man is nearly always a treat, and the presence of Sara Pichelli on art almost makes this an instant buy. However, from a practical point of view, $3.99 is an awful lot to pay for a comic with twenty pages of story, digital download included or not. If you are a fan of Bendis's “Ultimate Spider-Man,” or of the character in general, this heartwarming issue is certainly worth a buy; however, if you do not care strongly about the character, there is probably a better choice for you on the shelves this week — and one with a better price-to-page ratio, too. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Aug 9, 2012

    Even though Im slightly disappointed,Spider-Menwas overall enjoyable to fans of either universe. Its got good artwork and a good script, but right now neither is great. With one more issue to go, Im very excited to see everything wrap up. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Aug 10, 2012

    Well... that was a very misleading cover. This was a fine issue, not much happened in terms of fighting but I enjoyed seeing Gwen, Miles, Aunt May and Peter talking about all the differences in both worlds, seeing Peter give Miles advice, and just having Gwen and Aunt May have a chance to say goodbye on happier terms. The ending with the Mysterio stuff seemed kinda rushed, and I'm not as excited for the final issue as I'd like to be, but I am wondering how things will end for Miles and Peter's team up. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 8, 2012

    This issue is an interlude, through and through, but with the series already moving so slowly, you can't help but feel like this is filler. Bendis is often praised for his talky character work, but this is literally the moment to tie up some serious emotional loose ends, and the end result is minimal at best. What's the point of Spider-Men, if not to show how each character can affect each others' worlds? I love both Peter Parker and Miles Morales, but this comic is the very definition of a missed opportunity. Read Full Review

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