In exchange for his son’s safety, Jefferson Davis has agreed to come back into the fold with S.H.I.E.L.D. again. As you might imagine, that means he’s going to have to start doing some cool (and very dangerous) secret agent stuff.
Spider-Man #11 (Marvel Comics)
- This is going to be all types of awkward if someone really did call Jefferson Davis at 3:30 AM just to ask about Disco Dazzler records.
- Dugan’s kind of being a dick.
- Glad Jefferson didn’t punch him, because I sure would have.
- Great. They’ve paired Jefferson up with Eugene from The Walking Dead. This mission is going to fail spectacularly.
- Until this very moment, I actually liked that villain.
- Not sure how Jefferson’s going to get out of this, but he’s definitely an agent-level badass.
- Well played…
After two very uneven issues, Spider-Man finally returns to form via two of the things that Bendis does best: Great dialogue and close-quarters action.
While we don’t get a whole lot of Miles Morales in this one, its great getting to see Jefferson Davis in his former element. Bendis does a masterful job portraying Miles’ father as a man who is torn between the world of deep cover espionage and the better life he’s made with his family.
As good as the issue’s lone action sequence is, where artist Sara Pichelli really shines is in how she portrays Jefferson’s reaction to his increasingly tense/dangerous circumstances. While many artists render fearful or nervous expressions with cartoonish exaggeration, Pichelli is able to subtly render Jefferson’s rising anxiety as his first mission edges its way off the rails.
The only thing that doesn’t work is the issue’s cliffhanger ending, which feels very tacked on and unconnected to the main narrative. It probably will connect down the line, but as part of this single issue, it doesn’t work.
Other than that, however, Spider-Man #11 is a great read. I’m normally not a fan of comics that don’t feature their main character, but this was a much needed and wonderfully executed exploration of arguably the series’ most interesting supporting cast member.