For this issue, Hairsine and his inker, Danny Miki, all of a sudden decide they’re doing a comedy. The art is very emotive, comical and sketchy. There’s no slickness to it.
It ought to work too, because it’s Peter Parker meets the Ultimates mixed with a little of the Nick Fury and Peter Parker bickering. It ought to work with a comical art style.
It does not.
Worse, it feels like Bendis is dragging things out. Instead of enjoying Peter’s trip to the big leagues, he uses it for the bickering (which is good) and exposition (which is bad).
When he finally does get to the big cliffhanger, it feels like he’s missed out on every opportunity the story presented.
The issue starts out okay and Bendis writes the dialogue and emotion fine, it’s just not a good finished product.
And that big cliffhanger implies tedious, contrived plotting to follow….