Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Mark Bagley (p), Art Thibert (i)
Bendis is shoe-in for Best Writer in the 2003 awards all over the shop, and here’s another example why – his dialogue sparkles and crackles along at a fair old pace. If you sat down and counted the number of words in this book compared to a standard comic, you’d get at least twice as many, and the difference between Bendis and Claremont is that not a single one is out of place.
This issue – Peter tries to explain his actions of the last couple of issues to Eddie Brock, and make him understand why the venom liquid has to be destroyed. By the end of his convoluted and faltering soliloquy, Brock seems to acquiesce to his decision…but we find out what he really thinks in a nasty coda.
Bagley is, well, Bagley. It doesn’t matter if he’s looking at action sequences (as last issue), or talking heads (as this issue), he handles all situations with ease and aplomb – Hitch may be getting the plaudits for his detailed and sophisticated rendering in The Ultimates, but Bagley is old faithful, he’s old reliable, and he’s quality through and through.
Whatever Marvel are paying this dynamic duo isn’t enough, if you only buy one Marvel book this month, make it this one. And it’s only $2.25 … what’s that all about? Shut up, and buy it.
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