Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #4A comic review article by: Paden Wyatt
No beating around the bush this time. I'm just going to tell it to you straight. Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #4 is exactly what we've all been waiting for. After traipsing about the city to see what all the commotion is about, Morales discovers an injured Peter Parker and watches him die surrounded by friends and Aunt May. The death of Parker, accompanied by a stern talking to from Gwen Stacy, gives Miles the push he needs to make the tough decision. In Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #4, Miles Morales finally decides to become the new Spider-Man.
While the first three issues provide the background for the story, from Morales's home life with a loving but mutant-hater dad to his nerdy mono-browed best friend, Ganke, it is not until Issue #4 that it finally feels like Morales is in control. It's like your friend met the new kid at school and has been telling you how cool he or she is for weeks, but now you've met them and it finally all makes sense.
In Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #4, Morales gets his inner narrator. It's strange to think he hasn't had one until this point. He also doesn't start talking to himself until he dons his spider-suit for the first time. Only then, through the red text bubbles that appear when he's wearing his costume, do we get inside Morales's head for the first time. He's a fun kid who is absolutely thrilled, just like anyone who suddenly discovered they could leap from building to building would be. We discover in this issue that Morales has his own Spider Sense. He funnily but neurotically describes the tingly sensation as what he thinks might be cancer just before he gets get kicked in the head by a cliffhanger-inducing Spider-Woman.
Pichelli is rapidly becoming one of the best artists in the game. Her emotive faces and interesting backgrounds make the characters come to life. Something that is different about issue #4 of Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man is the change in artistic styles. Pichelli removes her signature "Pop-Art dots" which were so prominently featured prior to this issue. Is this because Parker and company make an appearance and she wanted to throw back to his previous Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man run for this last hurrah? We'll see in the next issue if our spotted friends come back.
The only thing I'm afraid of is that his personality and language might sound too much like Parker. Sure, I hope he wisecracks while fighting bad dudes, but I want Miles to be Miles. But so far, Bendis hasn't even hinted that he will let us down. It's just always in the back of my mind. But, what I mean to say is that I couldn't be happier with this book. Buy it, buy it, buy it and let's talk about it!
Paden Wyatt is a jerk. But, he’s not just any jerk! He taps into his latent journalism powers to write terrible things about your favorite comic books and video games. His strengths are making nerds cry, high fives, laughing too loudly and sometimes, but rarely, civilized argument. His weaknesses are human baby-sized burritos, ice cream, tattoos, Welsh Corgis and Doctor Who. He resides in North-Central West Virginia with his mom and dad and could totally leave if he wanted to. Sometimes Paden is not a jerk, and you can follow him on Twitter at @padenw.