Written by Brian Bendis
Art by Mike Deodato
If Bendis gets paid by the word, he must have been feeling pinch from the silent issue of Ultimate Spider-Man because this issue is a whole lot of talking heads, which is both good and bad. On the one hand, Bendis is, in most cases, excellent when it comes to dialogue heavy issues. On the other, Bendis has a horrible grasp of many characters that results in everyone sounding the same.
In regards to this issue, it's great for the most part since it's a heavy focus on Norman Osborn, the one character Bendis seems to get (at least, moreso than the rest), but it really falters with everyone else. His Noh-Var is, in particular, a gross mischaracterization compared to what he was like when Morrison first introduced him in Marvel Boy. Also, the fact Bendis is just getting around to dealing with Ronin's TV appearance, which happened months ago, lacks any impact with how late it is in dealing with it, which is odd since Bendis wrote both books in question.
Verdict - Check It. Good, but feels out of touch with the rest of the Marvel Universe with the lateness in dealing with certain topics and many characters have yet to establish a voice of their own under Bendis.