By: Roger Stern (writer), Lee Weeks (art), Dean White (colors) & Joe Caramanga (letters)  Back-up story: Zeb Wells (writer), Chris Bachalo (art) & Joe Caramanga (letters)

The Story: The three-way brawl between Spider-Man, Juggernaut, and Captain Universe comes to its dramatic conclusion!

What’s good: Lee Weeks does a very nice job on the art in this issue.  It isn’t “art-of-the-week” quality, but Spidey can be a tricky character to draw well (esp. the legs for some reason).  It is a bit of a different style than some of the other recent Spider-Man artists (Azaceta, Pulido, etc.) but it works really well and I like how the style shifts back and forth with the flashback scenes.

From a story standpoint, there isn’t a lot to cheer (as you’ll see below).  I was honestly yawning my way through this issue when…..[SPOILER]……..the Enigma Force took over Juggernaut.  That was probably the coolest thing; seeing Juggernaut come out looking all shiny and silver and wondering what he was going to do next.

What’s Not So good: For a story that started out with so much potential (mixing Juggernaut, a cosmic entity, and Spider-man), Stern sure didn’t do much with the ingredients here at the end.  For one thing, Spider-Man doesn’t get to do much of anything.  He mostly stands around yelling at Captain Universe and Juggernaut to stop fighting because we should all be using our powers to better the conditions of those less fortunate.  “We have responsibility dammit!”  And, the big “scary” thing in this issue was an earthquake.  Yep, an earthquake in Manhattan… That’s it! And that’s why I’m disappointed. 

Stern could have had Juggernaut or Captain Universe knock over a building or endanger some civilians, and instead we have to watch Juggernaut get unique powers so that he can prevent an earthquake from happening.  I really don’t want to hear about Juggernaut fusing tectonic plates in my comics.  *Sigh* I know that we’ve all seen Juggernaut go on a rampage before, but that is what makes his character fun.

We also get a back-up story on this issue and while it was pretty well done, it was mostly tacked on to remind us that the Lizard will be making an appearance in coming issues.

Conclusion: This could have been a lot better.  At least we only have to wait a week or so to rinse the bad taste of this one away.

Grade: D+

– Dean Stell