Page 45 Review by Stephen
"May? It's Doris - from across the street. Where are you?"
"I'm in my car"
"You're not home?"
"Oh, thank God!"
"I don't know how to say this."
"What is it?"
"Is he okay?"
"He's - "
I think he's Spider-Man."
"What's happening? Tell me exactly what's happening!!"
"There - there are these men. I'm - I'm oh God - I'm sorry, May. I don't know how else to say this. They're killing him."
Throughout this book's release as a heart-racing, furiously paced periodical riddled with catastrophe after explosive catastrophe, we were trying to interpret the title, convinced that Bendis must still mean it metaphorically: that it would be the death of Peter's career as Spider-Man. Or, given Captain America's warning that he just wasn't ready, that Peter might inadvertently end up killing someone. Anything, really, other than that Peter Parker would end up dying in his loved ones' arms.
Maybe you don't know yourself yet which way it goes, and I'm not about to confirm or deny because I am a professional, congenital tease.
I can, however, promise you this: carnage on an increasing massive scale, some of the most bludgeoning, kinetically charged fight scenes in superhero comics - one after the other - with the Green Goblin, Dr. Octopus, Electro, Kraven, the Sandman and the Vulture finally tasting blood, sensing the seriousness of poor Peter's wounds and moving in for the kill.
In addition, at the centre, there is a game-changing moment which crosses over with immaculately with ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS VS. NEW ULTIMATES: DEATH OF SPIDER-MAN in a way I've never quite seen done before. Yet as much as anything else, it's Aunt May who forms the emotional core of the book, and most of the finest moments are hers.
Mark Bagley, meanwhile, surpasses himself both inside and out.
Quite the cover, eh?