Spider-Man #4 – Review
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciller: Sara Pichelli
Inker: Gaetano Carluccia
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Cover: Sara Pichelli and Justin Ponsor
Anyone feel like Ganke is the worst character ever? Or does anyone feel like he should get punched in the face from time to time? Or how about both? Well, I wouldn’t blame anyone having that kind of attitude towards Ganke, because it’s not unreasonable. At least for his absurd logic that he spouted out in here.
The issue starts with both Miles and Ganke in their school cafeteria with Ganke begging Miles to introduce him to a recently transfered Goldballs, a celebrity and a former member of Cyclops’ X-Men. Miles refuses and urges Ganke to meet Goldballs himself who is several feet away from them. Ganke retorts that he is shy and Miles doesn’t understand his insecurity being socially forward explaining that it stems from being both chubby and Asian. Miles calls him out on this when Ganke mentions that Miles has nothing to worry about when it comes to being in public. Ganke dismisses Miles’ anecdote of a security guard following him as he continues to say that that kind of thing is done with since New York is racially diverse and what Miles’ experienced is uncommon in New York. Ganke also mentions that since Miles is a superhero, he should introduce himself as Spider-Man. Before more of Ganke’s lame explanation of the social climate is clarified even further, Goldballs’ goldball suddenly lands on Miles’ lunchtray forcing Goldballs to apologize. If you weren’t angry at Ganke before, what follows will probably do it. Ganke reveals to Goldballs that Miles is the new Spider-Man! No reason, other than Ganke thought it would be cool and nothing else! Miles leaves in a huff and starts patrolling the city and is captured by Hammerhead.
Ganke sucks. He is without a doubt the worst character on this book and a horrible friend to Miles. I don’t understand his actions or his reasoning for what he does. Hell, I don’t understand his reasoning for being here! It’s as if Bendis wants us to like him by writing him as a goofball with a heart of gold, only it’s not working. Ganke should disappear for a while and have him come back as a jealous supervillain, it’s the only way. Other than that, the story was well paced despite being a Ganke hate-fest. The cliffhanger is pleasing in that it’s teasing that something will happen in this book, because so far nothing has happened! Up until now nothing of import was happening in Miles’ book which is distressing, because I know Bendis loves Miles. Bendis shouldn’t treat this book like how he treats Guardians of the Galaxy: Aimless!
Well paced dialogue and the lack of the usual infamous “Bendis speak” makes up for the lack of direction the plot is currently in. Pichelli is in top form as always. Her beautiful drawings are perfectly suitable for the tone this book has. And while this book might or might not be heading somewhere/anywhere, anyone can expect this creative team to keep this book upbeat and fresh.