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Civil War II: Amazing Spider-Man #4 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday
From Now On, I’m Betting On Myself
Written By: Christos Gage
Art By: Travel Foreman, Rain Beredo
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 19, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
In my last review of this book, I stated that I wish this
book was the main Civil War II event book rather than a tie-in miniseries. The
reason why I said that is because this miniseries has been incredibly well written
and has shown both sides of the debate in a thorough way that has impressed me.
Issue #3 continued to build upon the story that Gage has written and the art
team continued to make beautiful panels. I’ve been singing the praises of this
book for a reason and now that we’ve arrived at the final issue, my
expectations are incredibly high. Will the creative team stick the landing with
this book? Let’s find out.
The issue begins in the aftermath of Clash and Spider-Man’s
fight where they have instead turned on each other. Clayton is feeling used and
betrayed and so he is accepting his role as the villain. Spider-Man attempts to
stop Clayton the way he has in the past but Clayton has upgraded his tech and
is able to easily overcome Spider-Man. Clash is easily able to overcome
Spider-Man and has him pinned but Peter is able to talk him down. Clash is
still struggling after hearing about the vision that Ulysses had. Peter seems
like he is getting through to him when they are suddenly interrupted.
Stromm has found a way out and attacks both Spider-Man and
Clash. Spider-Man looks to Clash for help but rather than aid him, Clayton
chooses to fly off and leave Spider-Man on his own. Spider-Man tries again to
reach Clash but he is hindered by Stromm and Clayton gets away before Peter is
able to defeat Stromm. Back at Parker Industries, Spider-Man meets with Ulysses
and the two discuss the future. Clayton mentions the job offer that Spider-Man
gave to him in an earlier issue and Spider-Man tells him that he unfortunately
has to withdraw the offer. He couldn’t use Ulysses abilities because it would
give him an unfair advantage over the rest of his competition.
Ulysses returns to the Inhumans before he meets up with
Captian Marvel once again. She asks him questions about what he thinks about
Ulysses and his powers. Spider-Man wants to make sure that things are handled
correctly but he agrees to join her. She warns him that this may lead to him fighting
against other heroes including Iron Man. Spider-Man meets with Ulysses one last
time and Ulysses definitely seems to have grown. The issue ends though, with a
look at Clash who standing in his old bar. He’s back into crime but this time
he’s not going to be someone’s henchman. Instead, he’s going to be his own
boss. The crowd at the bar chants his name and this is where the series ends.
Compared to the rest of the series, this issue falls a
little flat which is a bit of a problem since it is the climax of the story.
That said, I still very much enjoyed reading it and I stand by what I said.
This series should have been the main Civil War II story rather than a miniseries.
Sure, the ending is a bit lackluster and aside from one big fight scene, not
much happens but I enjoyed it and in the end that’s what really matters.
Bits and Pieces
This issue doesn’t really live up to the impressive story
that we’ve gotten so far but ultimately it wraps everything up fairly well and
still provides an entertaining read for any reader. The art is really nice to
look at and I still believe that this book should have been bigger.