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Review: Spider-Men II

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Spider-Men!

Spider-Men II features issues #1-5 by Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli, Mark Bagley, John Dell, Elisabetta D’Amico, Justin Ponsor, Chris Eliopoulos, Cory Petit, Kathleen Wisneski, Devin Lewis, and Nick Lowe.

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Review: Spider-Men II #5

Spider-Men II #5Spider-Men II #5 wraps up the second volume of Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli‘s journey for Miles Morales. What would normally be an intriguing event finale is made even more interesting by Bendis’ leaving Marvel for DC Comics. Spider-Men II #5 is no longer just a final issue, it feels more like a final chapter for the pair of creators.

When you really think about this miniseries it’s not your normal one. Yes there’s battles. And there’s lots of action. But, the “villain” at the center of it all isn’t doing anything too nefarious (there’s a debate about being an obsessed stalker). There’s not attempts to take over the world. This is about two Miles Morales. It’s about two individuals who are taking stalk over their lives and assessing their roles in the world. One is reeling from the loss of a love. The other is attempting to have a social life. It’s not about punching, it’s about two individuals with the same names attempting to find something.

Without spoiling the ending (something that’s been hinted at in other series), Spider-Men II feels like Bendis reminding us of his impact on Marvel. It feels special because he’s doing it with Pichelli, an artist who I associate with his Ultimate Universe run. It’s an end of this chapter for the Miles, it’s an end for this chapter for Bendis and Pichelli too. And with that, it becomes a bit more touching and personal.

Pichelli’s art is fantastic as expected mixing together action and very touching moments. This is a series whose last two issues in particular are as much about the individual’s attempting to live their normal lives and taking stock of it as it is the action. Both are rendered beautifully. The art brings the emotional punch of Bendis’ story. And the details focused on in each panel are thought out and enhance the emotional resonance.

This is a closing chapter in many ways and it’s a touching one that celebrates and reflects upon the years that Bendis and Pichelli has delivered. Where things go from here will be interesting, but much like their original work, it feels like the two have opened doorways of possibilities.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Sara Pichelli
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Actions Comics #994 (DC Comics) – Booster Gold and Superman… nuff said.

Batman: Creature of the Night #2 (DC Comics) – The second part of this series which explores the idea that Batman is just a story that inspires.

Bonehead #1 (Image Comics) – Any new Image series has us interested in checking it out.

Chasing Hitler #2 (Red 5 Comics) – Two soldiers are chasing Hitler who didn’t take his life at the end of WWII. An interesting debut and we’re looking forward to the second.

Detective Comics #971 (DC Comics) – The Victim Syndicate is on the move for what feels like a great follow up arc from their debut.

Doomsday Clock #2 (DC Comics) – The epic continues!

Eternity #3 (Valiant Entertainment) – An epic from Matt Kindt continuing from his the amazing concepts from Divinity.

Eugenic #3 (BOOM! Studios) – The final issue of this series which is a fascinating think piece about society.

Hawkman Found #1 (DC Comics) – Get the scoop on the return(ish) of this character with this “Dark Nights” tie-in!

Imaginary Fiends #2 (Vertigo) – The first issue was interesting and had a world where imaginary characters exist and they’re a bit evil.

Scarlett’s Strike Force #1 (IDW Publishing) – The series is already cancelled but we want to see where the next chapter for G.I. Joe goes!

Spider-Men II #5 (Marvel) – The miniseries wraps up and we’re excited to see where it goes from here!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Storms of Crait #1 (Marvel) – Learn more about the mysterious planet!

Tick 2017 #2 (New England Comics) – Enjoying the new Amazon series? Check out this brand new series with Cullen Bunn writing!

X-O Manowar (2017) #10 (Valiant Entertainment) – Writer Matt Kindt has been putting together an epic here. Definitely a series that’s not to be missed.

 

Preview: Spider-Men II #5

Spider-Men II #5

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Sara Pichelli
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 27, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• The pulse-racing final issue!
• Peter and Miles are faced with their toughest challenge yet, and it’s one that challenges far more than their super hero skills.
• If you thought the end of the first SPIDER-MEN series was huge, brace yourself.

Preview: Spider-Men II #4

Spider-Men II #4

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Sara Pichelli
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• Miles vs. Miles!
• The chaos of the moment is threatening to tear Peter’s life apart. Can he possibly allow Miles to continue on as Spider-Man?!
• Does Peter even have a choice anymore?

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Bam! Smack! Pow! – Spider-Men II #3

Preview: Spider-Men II #3

Spider-Men II #3

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Sara Pichelli
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 20, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• Meeting the Miles Morales who was already in the Marvel Universe sets OUR Miles OFF!
• As if he weren’t struggling with interior conflicts that were tougher than the external conflicts, this revelation hits Miles hard.
• Luckily, Peter Parker, an expert on personal tragedy and dark spots, is by his side!

Preview: Spider-Men II #2 (of 5)

SPIDER-MEN II #2 (of 5)

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (w) • SARA PICHELLI (a/C)
Connecting Variant Cover B by JESUS SAIZ

  • The mystery of the OTHER Miles Morales thickens, but our Spider-Men may need to hit pause on the sleuthing because…
  • …TASKMASTER IS GOING TO TAKE THEM DOWN!
  • Don’t miss this Spider-Event!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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