What? This IS A Siege Tie-In?!
The Good:- I'm not the biggest Bendis fan, but he really does have a great handle on real dialogue. It's funny, it's not clunky, and each character has their own voice - love his Spider-Man quips.
- You're seeing the seeds planted for some of the team shake-ups. We've seen the promo images and solicits of upcoming books, so it's nice to see the seeds get planted.
- I love that the banner actually matters. I love seeing some characterization in this giant war. I'm a big fan of characterization and character-driven stories so that really is a big plus to me.
- There's continuity between a lot of Marvel books this week. Love that.
- The ending actually makes the next issue important.
- I didn't like the art by Mike McKone. There's the occasional awkward pose, bad face angle, and the odd mix of 2-D and 3-D. I love his Spider-Man, but really dislike his Luke Cage and Taskmaster. The art doesn't fit the whole tone of the book really. I know it's not fair to compare him to Copiel, but his war scenes are a bit too busy while his relationship scenes don't nail the soft vulnerability that would've worked here.
- Some people will not like a book that boils down to relationships especially when we can get more of the war.
- You won't get more of the war. I feel like I literally have seen some of the same scenes in seven or eight books. I love the continuity, but hate the repetition.
- Next issue is the last New New Avengers book before New New New Avengers. I shouldn't have expected the book to go out with a bang, but rather transition.