Brian Michael Bendis and Co. dip their toes into an interesting plot point that teases it's going to make you think deeply about, but then the issue quickly ends before it even starts and the buzz is gone.
Seriously, if you're looking for a quick and dirty read that teases your senses without actually doing anything, then this book is for you.
Miles and his best friend Ganke, who is one of two people to know his secret-identity as Spider-Man, are talking about some too smart for high school stuff in the cafeteria. That's the whole issue. It's interesting, thought-provoking and immature all at the same time, which is PERFECT.
But that's it.
I know that covers aren't tied to promote what's inside the book, but sweet Jesus, this cover could be considered gross negligence. There is no Black Cat, there is no villain, this issue is Miles, Ganke and Goldballs in the high school cafeteria.
We get a brief moment of action, but then it's gone.
Let's dig into the small serving size of meat and taters from Issue #4 of Bendis-Man:
Ganke and Miles are essentially arguing over who has it harder. The young, skinny black teenager or the young, chubby, teenager.
From here, instead of digging deeper into an interest subject, we get Goldballs and his gold balls. Ganke breaks a blood-oath (no spoilers) and Miles gets pissed.
I want to write more, but that's it. I read this book in, shit, no way it was more than 5 minutes. The art from Sara Pichelli is fantastic, but she isn't given much to work with in the ways of versatility. Seriously, she nails the tension between these two besties and new guy, but when you confine an artist to a high school cafeteria, one conversation and no action until the last couple of pages, this is the best she could have done. Her facial expressions and contrasting differences between characters is the highlight of this issue.
Rating: 5/10 Big step down this month for Bendis-Man. There just isn't enough in this issue to constitute a $3.99 cover price. Issue #4 masquerades as an empty, tease of a think-book. Wait for next month's, disappointing to see such a monumental drop from last month's fantastic issue featuring Ms. Marvel and more. Just read #3 again and pretend you're up to date.