This is a perfectly average issue of a perfectly entertaining comic book by Brian Michael Bendis. You can read it extremely quickly, it has some fairly clever and quip-filled dialogue, and it has some decent character interaction.
Also, much like most Bendis comics, this issue centers in part around a cliffhanger that ends up being a non-event. In this case, everyone in the cast is worried about Gwen Stacy running away from the crazy, hero-filled Parker house; however, the big crisis ends in a very quick and perfunctory anticlimax. That’s OK, this is a Bendis comic. We’ve become conditioned for much-anticipated big moments to never amount to anything much.
The other main plotline in this story centers on the Black Cat and her confrontation with Mysterio. Again, like most Bendis comics, this story is a bit of an anticlimax. The confrontation beings a little bit of action but even more traditional wacky Bendis character interaction. Chatter, chatter, chatter. Blah, blah, blah. Oh yeah, and then a little bit of action.
If you’re expecting anything other than that from Brian Bendis at this point, you’re just not paying attention. This comic is pretty much standard operating procedure for him at this point.
Sara Pichelli joins Bendis for the art in this issue, and her art makes me miss Mark Bagley or even Stuart Immonen. The art is fine – nicely detailed in the scenes that take place at the Kingpin’s tower and with some nice storytelling touches. But it’s not the kind of art that we’ve come to expect from this series, and I’d imagine this volume will seem strange when it’s added to the inevitable TPB collections.
So, this comic is pretty much exactly what you’d expect. No more and no less.