In 2008, Marvel started Brand New Day, setting up Spider-Man's new status in the Marvel universe after One More Day. After nearly three years later, it finally comes to an end. Some fans loved BND, some hated it, while others thought the individual stories in BND were either hit or misses. To me, I loved it, and will miss it. But it did end with good note, even though it's not the 'Best' story in Brand New Day.
The premise is this: Norman Osborn's (Green Goblin) and Lily Hollister's (Menace) new baby is born, and many of Spider-Man's villains are trying to get it. That's pretty much it, just Spidey fighting a bunch of his villains, while at the same time trying to protect the baby.
The story is fun, showing A LOT of elements from past Brand New Day stories. It brings back new villains that were introduce in past 102 issues of BND, like Freak and the new Vulture. It also brings back Spidey's original rogues gallery, but whom have change during BND, like Doctor Octopus, Electro, and the Rhino. Though it doesn't have anything Jaw-dropping, it does have it's own share of twists and turns.
But the story does have it's flaw. Despite I DO LOVE this story, its actually pretty simple (minus the twists I've mention) and straight forward. Also, even though it did have it's moments, the dialogue wasn't anything special for the most part. Even Spider-Man's jokes aren't even that funny for most of the time, and I usually laugh at ANY joke he makes. But overall, the main story is fun and enjoyable, despite it's flaws.
An other slight problem I had with the story was the final issue, which wasn't even part of the Origin of The Species story. It acted mostly as an epilogue to that story, and was to give the writers on the book a fond farewell. But the stories that were in it were mostly just decent. The main story of the final issue is just find, no problem with it. But the others ranged from pretty good, to awfully written. The issue was still a pretty decent ending for Brand New Day, it just wasn't as great as previous BND stories.
An other thing is the art, which, to my surprise, I really like. But just to clarify, in my head, there's no such thing as a bad artist. So what if certain artists can't be consistent, or can't draw proper anatomy, or show emotion on character's faces. It's still their art style, and if someone doesn't like it, there's probably someone else who does. But MOST of the flaws I mention are not what is wrong with this book, Paul Azaceta (the books artists') did a good job on this book, even though I never really liked his previous work on Spider-Man. But I can tell A LOT of people won't like his work, mostly because, well, its not very attracted art. The main problem is that most of the characters who don't wear custom look ugly, especially the females. But his art is eye-popping, with the fights being well drawn and he is able to draw costume characters better, with the exception of some (the Rhino looks to fat to me).
But even if you don't like the art, the story is good enough to distract it. This is good final story to Brand New Day, and it deserves to be a part of any Spider-Man fan's collection.