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The Pulse #3

Posted: Monday, May 17, 2004
By: Jason Cornwell



Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Mark Bagley and Scott Hanna

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Brian Michael Bendis is one of my favourite writers, but the one area of his writing that always leaves me a bit disappointed is his work when it comes to the investigation of a mystery, as after a great opening sequence where the staff of the Daily Bugle are urged to bring their investigative might to bear on the murder of one of their own I was ready to enjoy watching the gears swinging into motion. However, when it comes right down to it the Daily Bugle reporters don't really come across as all that impressive when it comes to their ability to ferret out the answers, as the big break in the case comes from a painfully obvious source. I mean yes it makes sense that the friend would call nervous about Terri following through on the concerns she expressed, but frankly having all the answers handed over to our waiting reporter left me a bit disappointed. Still the real surprise of this issue is who Ben Urich calls after he discovers who was responsible for killing Terri, as this is a clever way of bringing this character into the story.

I also have to say there's a great J. Jonah Jameson moment in the opening pages of this issue, as even though the character only says three words, one can instantly tell Robbie's speech is simply his repeating a speech that Jonah made earlier. I also have to say the more I see of it the more I'm becoming convinced that the pairing of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage is the best move Brian Michael Bendis ever made, as the two characters were made for each other. As for the art Mark Bagley continues to deliver some solid work, with the visual highlight of this issue being the double-page spread where the character imagine who the killer might be. I also have to say I loved the return of the old Daily Bugle sign on the cover.



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