The conclusion to the two-universe spanning event is here, but does the creative team nail the proverbial landing? Read on to find out.
The official description from Marvel:
The shocking conclusion! How will the amazing Spider-Man get back to his own reality? What will both Spider-Men do now that they know they’re not alone in the universe? Will Peter Parker give Miles Morales his blessing?
It’s the end of the crossover, and the beginning of a future one. Yes this issue succeeds in sufficiently closing out it’s entertaining yet brief story, but there are several narrative strands left hanging when fans reach the final page. Those loose-ends strongly suggest a sequel or continuation of some kind in the future and it’ll be interesting to see how they get handled moving forward.
Brian Michael Bendis delivers a good conclusion that wraps up this little romp, but the script feels lacking. I knew that it was simply unavoidable for the story to half-end but man, some of the cliffhangers just seem so unnecessary. There are details and bases that I wanted this release to revel in as it revealed some solid character development but that doesn’t happen here. In all honesty, all we get is a fun comic book that ultimately has very little depth.
Sara Pichelli perfectly illustrates the comic. With sharp, clean and crisp designs each and every moment is chock-full of clear and vibrant details. I gotta say, she’s quikly become one of my favorite artists thanks mostly to my exposure to her work in this mini-series, her renditions of both worlds are simply top notch. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if there’s a reason to buy this final issue and complete this story, the art is it.
Spider-Men #5 is a fun comic book that just doesn’t offer enough substance to make it anything more than an entertaining popcorn flick, with that said though the story strands that clearly set-up a continuation of some kind have got my interest somewhat peaked. Recommended.