By Ed Brisson, Nick Spencer, Mark Bagley, Dio Neves, Marcelo Ferreira, Brian Reber and Andrew Crossley
It’s pretty common knowledge to any Spider-Man fan that the Sinister Six are a deadly team when assembled. Having said that, We’re on the final issue of Nick Spencer’s Sinister War. This series not only pits Spider-Man against the Sinister Six, but also the Vulture’s Savage Six, an all female villain team, and of course Boomerang and his buddies are somehow involved. It looks terrible for Spidey, and truth be told, it could end up being his biggest battle to date.
Nick Spencer has had, (lame pun attempt) and amazing run on Spider-Man. He’s come up with new villains, fleshed out supporting characters and made Norman Osborne a sympathetic character. Spencer Teams up with Ed Brisson to bring us the conclusion to this little mini event. Spencer and Brisson do a good job of managing the chaos in this issue. When you have some 20 odd number villains all going after one character, things can be hectic, but the writers allow this issue to flow nicely. In a book like this, there has to be danger and sacrifice, which Brisson and Spencer show us. There is a moment that sucks, but it ultimately makes sense and fits with the entire story arc Spencer had been planning. The ending of this issue, is a surprise, but makes total sense as well. Spencer and Brisson write the big bads in character, which has been something they’ve done the entire series. Sinister War #4 highlights Spider-Man at one of his most heroic moments fighting against insurmountable odds.
The pencils this issue are handled by Mark Bagley, Dio Neves and Marcelo Ferreira with colors by Brian Reber and Andrew Crossley. Mark Bagley’s pencils start the issue off with a feeling of nostalgia. Bagley’s work is always great and he’s a legendary Spider-Man artist. Drawing all these villains on the same page can be a daunting task, but Bagley does it well. Neves and Ferreira also join the fray and help to alleviate some of the pressure off of Bagley. Pages with Dr. Strange and Mephisto look good, and the colors, by Brian Reber and Andrew Crossley, work wonders with their bright reds. There is an awesome panel near the end of the issue where several villains lie wounded on the floor as Spider-Man stands bent over holding his injuries. This, to me, is the best panel in the issue. The colors by Reber and Crossley work with the pencils, and kudos to them for working with multiple artists. The bright color of the light as Morlun attacks Peter is eye catching. Reber and Crossley do a great job of making this book pop. This isn’t an easy issue to draw or color due to how busy it is and how many characters appear, but everyone involved stepped up to the plate and did a phenomenal job.
Sinister War had a lot of hype around it, and the conclusion paid off. Nick Spencer and Ed Brisson put together a worthy finale that sets up the end of Spencer’s run on Amazing Spider-Man. The pencils and colors rock and couldn’t have been much better given the large task at hand. Sinister War was a fun ride that saw Spider-Man in possibly his most dangerous battle to date!