As far as lame battles go, I think Puma vs. Beyonder–actually continuing it–is about as lame as you can get.
Maybe it’s just Priest’s writing (The issue credits Priest, online says Peter David wrote it. Hmm. Who’s really at fault?). I usually like it, but here it’s tired. Between the blabbering thought balloons (for every character) to Peter Parker man-slutting*, it’s just a mess.
The art might add significantly to the pain–I know it made me hurry through the comic so I could stop looking at it. Buckler’s inks are by the bullpen and it hurts. Though his pencils aren’t wowing to begin with.
So a c-list character duking it out with the lead of an enormous crossover event?
Spider-Man’s barely in here.
* Apparently, when Joe Quesada says marriage ruined Peter Parker, he meant Peter’s ability to successfully objectify every female character he encounters.
And Then the Gods Cried; writer, Peter David; penciller, Rich Buckler; inker, M. Hands; colorist, Nelson Yomtov; letterer, Janice Chiang; editors, Adam Blaustein and Christopher Priest; publisher, Marvel Comics.