Title: The Death Of Spider-Man
Author: Brian Michael Bendis
Illustrator: Mark Bagley
Number Of Volumes: 5
Story - It has finally happened. The time has come to bid farewell to one of the greatest heroes of them all Spider-Man. To give a little overview of the story, Peter Parker and Mary Jane have settle their differences and got back together. Norman Osborn who was thought to be dead is alive and well in Shield Custody. Not to mention Spider-Man is going through training with Captain America for the dispute going on with the New Ultimates and the Avengers. Meanwhile Goblin breaks lose and frees Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sandman, Kraven the Hunter, and Vulture. He dubs them "Men Of God" and their goal is to finally kill Spider-Man. I won't go into any more detail, because it will contain major spoilers.
The story is a fun ride and emotional down to it's final battle. The story really shines with the Green Goblin. His hatred for Peter Parker is rooted so deep, that he even had some villains rethinking their lives. The addition of the conflict between the New Ultimates and The Avengers is a nice add on. It's actually one of the reasons Spider-Man is in a certain situation. The emotional part comes as you turn page by page and you see Spider-Man slolwy reaching his last breath. Of course he wouldn't be Spider-Man without his witty remarks and punchlines. As he slowly goes to death their is severe irony in this. How can the one who saves so much people? Couldn't find someone to help or save him? His death was a cruel fate and it's only fitting for Peter Parker. The story is well written and has enough balance of drama, humor and love that only Spider-Man can bring.
There are tons of detail in this series. I really love the facial expression of Parker and Goblin in this. The hatred on Goblin face is almost scary, they really capture his rage in this one. What really will grip you the most, besides the action is the expressions of the supporting cast. The faces of Aunt May, Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane are heartbreaking. The environments and detail on pages with the sun are amazing. There is this one panel that has the Goblin looking at the helicopter and the way the sun is capture is outstanding. The art is worthy enough to give Spider-Man a just cause death.
Final Grade A-/9.0 - Death Of Spider-Man is a fun read, each volume will have you wanting to see the end. His death isn't as epic as other Superheroes but it's pretty good for Spider-Man. The story is solid, the characters bring emotional depth and I love the irony. The theme of great power comes great responsibility is really tested here. Sometimes you have to do things you don't even want to do, this time Spider-Man had no choice in the matter. R.I.P Spider-Man.