As the issue draws to a close, Millar dispenses with many of the niggling subplots that have dogged the series and concentrates on introducing the head bad guy a little more fully. Be warned, Im going to go into mild spoiler territory here: Whilst the new villain poses a lot of questions, setting up the mystery of this titles final arc of three and providing a chilling coda to the issue, the simple fact is that another Spider-powered character just doesnt have the impact that it might have done a few years ago. Whether this character is connected with recent JMS invention Ezekiel, Fiona Averys young Spider-Girl, any one of the Spider-Women or (shudder) Spideys clones remains to be seen but Im hoping its an original Millar creation. Either way, it seems to put paid to theories that Harry Osborn might be making a return, or that Norman is the mastermind of the entire scheme. I just hope that Millar can finally follow up on the promise of his epic vision and deliver an emotional Read Full Review
Frank Cho proves to be more than up to the task of delivering the frantic action that Mark Millar comes up with in this issue, as how can one not love the sequence where Spider-Man rescues the driver of a delivery van that has been thrown at him. He also managed to deliver an undeniably powerful one-page spread that did have me stopping to figure out if there was any way possible that Spider-Man could survive having Venom's fist driven straight through his chest. There's also a nice little visual trick as we see a dropped melon is used to sell the impact of the abandoned host with the pavement. The art also manages to nicely sell the visual impact of the final page reveal as we get out first good look at the main villain, and receive a fairly important visual clue. My only real complaint about the art is the seeming magical way that Spider-Man's costume managed to appear on Peter in the midst of a heated fight with Venom. Read Full Review
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