By Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade Von Grawbadger (inks), Justin Ponsor (colors)
So Liz Allen’s the new Firestar, eh? I’m not sure how I feel about this, to be honest. My concern is that she’s already “too close” to Peter. Granted, this is an ensemble book of sorts, but there’s already one mutant in Peter’s supporting cast – do we need another?
This issue picks up where last month’s left off. Liz is flying around, freaking out, and Iceman comes to her rescue. Completely confused and in denial about the possibility of being a mutant, Liz flies off. Kenny, acting upon his suspicions of Peter being Spider-Man, tells him to go after Liz. In a moment of hesitation, Peter confirms Kenny’s theory and does what he’s told. The list of people knowing Peter’s identity continues to grow.
Eventually, Spidey catches up with Liz and Iceman (who went after her too). They explain to her the choices she’ll soon have to make in her life. This moment is particularly funny as Peter continuously tries to give her the “With great power,” spiel only to be interrupted time and again. This whole revelation with Liz’s new found powers plays out exactly as it should until it’s interrupted by an expected guest.
Brian Bendis once again delivers some top notch dialog. Sure, the story doesn’t advance as much as I’d like, and the beach sequence is a little too stretched out, but because the writing is so well done, I can let it go. Stuart Immonen’s art doesn’t blow me away like it did last issue, and there’s a few panels where Spidey’s head looks really weird, but problems aside, his art is solid throughout.
All the formalities are out of the way, now let’s see some action! (Grade: B-)