SPIDER-MAN’S A MUTANT!
Okay, not that Spider-Man, but we got your attention, eh? Orchis’ Stark Sentinels are wreaking havoc across Peter Parker’s home turf, and it’s not just mutants in the crosshairs now. But while Peter and Kurt thwip and bamf their way around the murderous machines, another set of eyes watches from the shadows. Secrets will be revealed in this penultimate issue!
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: An intense, bittersweet and entertaining story from Spurrier in this issue. The story does a fantastic job of having Kurt confront both his actions and inaction. A level of responsibility that he cannot hide from, especially in a Spider suit. The Kurt/Sable dynamic continues to be brilliantly done and the dilemma it puts both characters in is engaging. The Art: Garbett delivers some beautifully detailed and visually dynamic art throughout the issue. The visuals are thrilling and emotional and I was immersed in every moment.
Comic WatchThe good news is that there’s only two more issues to get through — counting the upcoming X-Men Blue one-shot. The bad news is that there’s no way that any writer could possibly resolve the story in a manner that’s even close to satisfying in that time. Though, of course, Spurrier has the opportunity to tangle and foul the line of Nightcrawler’s history even more than he already has. Lee Garbett’s art is as lovely as ever. He deserves a chance to draw these characters again, but preferably with a considerably better script. He’s making rayon purses out of sow’s ears. Even an artist of his skill can’t quite manage to lift the material to the level of silk. The plot is a tangled mess, but the artwork elevates it.
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ComicBook.comA rushed affair leaves much to be desired as ‘Uncanny Spider-Man’ #4 brings this chaotic feeling series one step closer to a conclusion. While the issue is a visual delight to behold, this doesn’t save the overall story that is being presented.
ComicBook.comThe penultimate issue of Uncanny Spider-Man hurries to stage the pieces for its finale and the end of "Fall of X" resulting in the miniseries' messiest issue to date. Setting aside Mystique's sub-plot, which culminates in an enormous single-page ad for a different comic, leaves the focus on Nightcralwer and Silver Sable's troublesome romance. Following an opening sequence that raises more questions about the status quo surrounding Orchis and Spider-Man than it answers, the star-crossed lovers are given a series of opportunities to reassess where they stand. It's a conflict that was evident from the moment their connection was made clear and these intervening pages provide little additional context or information, primarily serving to stretch out the moments until the finale is presented. Perhaps the addition of X-Men Blue: Origins next week will prove to be a boon for Uncanny Spider-Man or perhaps these story strands were always bound to grow messy, but only time will tell.
Comic Book RevolutionUncanny Spider-Man #4 has all of the elements that have made this one of the best Fall of X stories. Si Spurrier and Lee Garbett have done a great job at exploring how the Fall of X direction impacts Nightcrawler on multiple levels. Unfortunately, the unnecessary promotional angle for a different comic stalls all the positive momentum this series has created. Hopefully the final issue can recover its momentum and end Uncanny Spider-Man as strong as it started.
Derby ComicsSpurrier’s assassination of Mystique’s character continues with the former Quiet Council members continuing to be reduced to a vengeful mother out for blood. I don’t know who at Marvel allowed this to happen to such a beloved character, but shame on them. If this is really the set up for X-Men Blue: Origins, I may need to skip it. I don’t need to see Mystique continue to be presented as nothing more than a broken down mother. I still don’t find Spurrier’s version of Kurt to be compelling or thought-provoking and I continued to be completely uncomfortable with the Kurt/Silver Sable “romance.” Those two together are all sorts of ick. The real Spider-Man is the best part of this issue by a mile.