After the death of a character last issue, Spider-Man has his worst nightmare, visits from all the dead in his life.
Last issue we had the surprise death of a supporting cast member. Death isn't anything new to Spider-Man comics and this issue serves to remind us of all the dead in Peter Parker's life. You never really realize just how dangerous it is to be part of his inner circle.
The issue almost has two parts to it. The first deals with the death of the character and the second is Peter's nightmare. Marcos Martin's art is incredible. Starting with the simple yet powerful cover to the dynamic layouts inside, this issue is quite a trip.
The entire issue isn't just about Spider-Man dealing with death. There are a couple storylines moving out of this that really jump out towards the end. With the proclamation made at the end, it's going to be interesting to see where it goes from here.
I read this week's Fantastic Four #588 right before reading this. Maybe because that dealt with the death of a more important character, I didn't quite feel the emotion here. Without giving it away to those that haven't read last issue, the main person in mourning here was portrayed well but it still wasn't quite the tearjerker FF was. When Peter was having his nightmare about all the dead people in his life, there were some sort of disturbing images. I get that that was the point but it almost felt like the art was trying too hard to be shocking.
I've been loving Spider-Man's new direction since BIG TIME started. The fun and excitement takes a slight halt here as everyone deals with the death from the last issue. The art and direction of the story takes you on a strange trip. The main problem is there seems to have been a lot of character deaths in the last month so seeing yet another memorial-type issue brings the impact of the story down a little. There are a couple new developments towards the end that are worth keeping an eye on in the coming months.