Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez deliver another fun issue, full of grand quipping, a villainous ally of sorts, a new supporting character (who is not a new character), and a charming scene in a children’s hospital that features a real-life guest star (and a very deserving one at that).
The cover gives away the new/not-new supporting cast member, and I like the idea of bringing Mary Jane over into another superhero’s life. It’s a great opportunity to flesh out her character by removing the Spider-Man association that has defined her for pretty much her entire fictional career, and one only possible in a shared universe such as Marvel’s. She’s not a huge part of this issue, though, so I’ll have to keep reading to see how it turns out.
Given Bendis’s track record, I’m willing to bet it’s an entertaining ride. Really, the man makes it look so easy.
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: David Marquez
How to Read It: recent back issue; Comixology; Marvel Unlimited
Appropriate For: ages 13 and up