An Emotional Conclusion
Legendary artist, Alex Ross, teams with writer, Kurt Bursiek, to deliver the history of the Marvel Universe from the perspective of one of it's more normal inhabitants. Issue 4 deals with a more personal story than previous issues as it looks into the life and death of Gwen Stacy. Sheldon helps Gwen investigate the death of her father, blamed on Spider-Man by the media, and in doing so sees the Marvels with the awe that she does as Atlantis invades New York. The death of Gwen Stacy was something of a watershed in comics. This was one of the first times a superhero (Spider-Man) had failed to save someone and Sheldon's shock as he waits to capture Spider-Man's victory on camera reflects that of the readers of Amazing Spider-Man #121. The art is amazing, of course, as is the writing and there is the usual references to other events.