How many scenes do this comic have? I think four. But the second is a continuation of the first. Peter wakes up from a nightmare–one where Bagley’s art seems like Clayton Crain has CG’ed over it, which is a nightmare in and of itself–and goes to Mary Jane’s. They talk.
So, scenes one and two.
Scene three, Eddie Brock eats a cleaning lady, which makes Venom happy.
Scene four, Peter is at school and Venom comes over to play.
Bendis gives Peter enough internal angst it could be a Russian novel–he heads out to get eaten by Venom because he deserves it for unleashing the monster. This “sacrifice” comes after he’s gone over to Mary Jane’s and confessed his love.
She doesn’t reciprocate.
Most of the issue still works, even though it’s too short and the end’s lame. The Mary Jane scene is fantastic, especially Bagley’s composition.
And, almost immediately, it gets less impressive. Bendis wastes an entire page on a really bad monologue of Peter revealing himself to Eddie (and lying to him, which at least implies Bendis wasn’t napping through the scripting this issue). It’s not a bad comic, but it’s more of Bendis taking an issue to do what he could have in eight pages.
He’s also being reductive with Eddie’s character; once he’s revealed to be a bad guy, the interesting parts of his character evaporate too. Bendis squishes him down to be two dimensional.
Still, there’s a nice little moment with Peter and Gwen. They work well as roommates, especially given the oddness of the living situation.
It’s not a bad issue, it’s just mediocre. It’s the Ultimate Spider-Man standard.
The art’s real nice in the Gwen and Peter scene though. Bagley and Art Thibert subtlety emphasize the emotion quite well.