Spider-Man #4

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Sara Pichelli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 18, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 16
7.0Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

• Miles is just finding his feet in the all new marvel universe; the media is growing obsessed with his skin color and now he has to share his own book with a hot new mutant who goes by the name of... wait for it...
•  All this and the Queenpin of New York, the Black Cat, has set her sights on this new Spider-Man. She has put out a hit on his head and now no one is safe!
Rated T

  • 9.6
    Comicsverse - Chris Galvin May 22, 2016

    A special shout out should also go to VC's Cory Petit. Any letterer who can control Bendis' rat-ta-tat dialogue, giving each sentence its own paced beat without compromising the artwork, should be celebrated. Again, this just shows what the right people can do when put on a book. They all make it soar and swing. SPIDER-MAN continues to be one Marvel's best. Make sure to jump on board and enjoy a modern Marvel masterpiece in the making. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 19, 2016

    Bendis made his career off how realistic his teens sounded in Ultimate Spider-Man, and it's so great to see that sort of naturalism make its triumphant return here, with Pichelli's artwork making these kids seem young and endearing. Honestly, this is definitely a highlight of the series so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little May 20, 2016

    Where the other Spider-books focus on high action and big plots, Bendis gives us a character-driven drama that happens to take place in a superhero universe, while Pichelli continues to prove herself to be the definitive Miles Morales artist. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Jose Murillo May 23, 2016

    Well paced dialogue and the lack of the usual infamous "Bendis speak" makes up for the lack of direction the plot is currently in. Pichelli is in top form as always. Her beautiful drawings are perfectly suitable for the tone this book has. And while this book might or might not be heading somewhere/anywhere, anyone can expect this creative team to keep this book upbeat and fresh. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 19, 2016

    There's a lot to like with this newest incarnation of Miles Morales' story, but the series is experiencing a few growing pains when it comes to establishing storytelling pace and balancing Miles' academic, personal and superhero lives. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Superior Spider-Talk - Brian Jacob May 20, 2016

    A comic book about lunch? A closer look at Miles and Ganke's friendship leads to a better understanding of them as individuals. There's a decent action sequence to keep things moving and a cliffhanger that hints at a quick wrap up before the next Major Event kicks up. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Omar Holmon May 20, 2016

    Yeaaaaaah, I'm not really with the direction this conversation was trying to go in this issue. I'll keep it at that because any thing more would basically be the sequel to my previous editorial. This isn't to say that Miles or Ganke have to be "woke" and not allowed to be young and have these thoughts or perceptions (many folks comment that they went through this) which is fine" however wouldn't it be nice to see the kids that are aware of these things? I mean, it's 2016 and we have seen this pattern before. A character that acknowledges the Black experience and can recognize the struggles of others as well as their own would be the great deviation, but that would require a Black writer for that Black experience. I don't think there's any shame in passing the sticks in that instance either. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Brandon Griffin May 20, 2016

    Spider-Man #4 is no home-run, but it's a good comic book. This issue spends so much time in that frustrating lunchroom scene that's almost as relieving for readers as it is for Miles to finally get out and swing around. By the the issue reaches the final page, nothing has happened other than a promising set up to the next story. It's entirely possible Bendis is simply working on too many books at one time and this time Spider-Man had to suffer a bit; regardless, we'll be back for Spider-Man #5. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 21, 2016

    This was a weird sort of issue. I liked it, but I'm not sure what Bendis is going for. Race and identity have been big themes so far in this young series, and I applaud that, but I'm still not sure what Bendis is going for, or if he's getting it exactly right. Of course, as I will always say, as a straight, white, cisgender male, I really have no idea how minorities feel or what they experience. So I am the last guy to probably understand any of this. But I've always enjoyed Bendis' character work. And this is a largely solid issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Armand May 23, 2016

    The first half of the books serves as a drag on a much more enjoyable second half. The Black Cat, currently the Kingpin of New York Crime, makes good on her threat against Miles and sends Hammerhead after Miles. This is where Pichellis art truly shines and saves this issue. More than any other artist who has drawn him thus far Pichelli captures what Spiderman should look like In motion. He action sequence in the last 7 pages makes up for aforementioned stumbles early. This is my least favorite issue of the current run of this book, but seeing how its been consistently fantastic, well you cant win all the time. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    CourtOfNerds - Benjamin Raven May 19, 2016

    Big step down this month for Bendis-Man. There just isn't enough in this issue to constitute a $3.99 cover price. Issue #4 masquerades as an empty, tease of a think-book. Wait for next month's, disappointing to see such a monumental drop from last month's fantastic issue featuring Ms. Marvel and more. Just read #3 again and pretend you're up to date.  Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick May 19, 2016

    But when he is stretched too thin, as he is now the quality varies wildly from issue to issue in all the books he does. Spider-Man #4feels like it needed another editorial pass, one where someone might have said, “This is all happening too fast, and would benefit from a little more space to motivate character decisions.” To me, Bendis works best when focused on one character, not a team book, and can dive deep into that character's world. Miles is close to his heart, and obviously he has crafted solid issues prior to this, and undoubtedly will in future. But this issue felt like too sloppy to earn the story it wants to tell. Read Full Review

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