For the most part, I have really liked Slott writing the return of Peter Parker in his own body. The only problems I’ve had with his past couple of issues has been his portrayal of MJ, but one could argue that has been part of his run since he took over the series. ASM #4 is a good issue that runs through the action very quickly and ends on what is possibly the strangest cliffhanger I’ve ever read. And honestly, I loved the ending of this issue.
Ever since Peter came back in his own body, Slott has been building up a new female character in Spidey’s world that was ironically enough bitten by the exact same radioactive spider that gave Pete his powers. ASM #4 gives us a greater look at who this character is and where she’s been throughout Spidey’s career. It’s an explanation, and considering all the stuff that goes on in Pete’s world, it’s plausible. Slott has a lot going on at once in Spidey’s world right now. He’s been dealing with the results of Ock’s Tenure in his body, the adjustment of running his own company, Ock’s Girlfriend, Electro, Black Cat now wanting to kill him and now he has this new character, Cindy Moon AKA Silk to deal with. I’m really interested to see how these half dozen plotlines will be resolved in future issues.
I already really like Silk as a character. She’s entertaining, powerful and similar to Pete in multiple ways but different in others. One moment I enjoyed so much was Silk asking how Morlun died, and Pete says Morlun died both times he’s faced him, She then proceeds to flip out, telling him that if he’s died twice, that means he can come back! It’s a fun moment that shows, she is not an idiot and already shaping up to be Peter’s equal. I really hope she sticks around (no pun intended).
There’s not much to say about Ramos’ art that hasn’t been said already. It’s fun, kinetic and good for Spider-Man, not so much for other characters.
Overall, it’s a good issue. Give it a read! Silk alone is worth the price of admission.