Personally, I think the death of you-know-who is a gimmick but I can also see a good reason for doing it. Bendis has written himself into a corner, partly the fault of rejigging the Ultimate universe, but I'm sure he went along with it willingly. As a result, our hero's life has become cluttered and confused, with the cluttered artwork not helping. And this volume is the perfect example of it with too many supporting characters jostling for space and getting in the way of what once was clean narrative. Despite some good moments, it feels stifled and clumsy compared to pre-Ultimatum volumes. It isn't bad per se, just poor compared to what it used to be.
It featuresThe Ultimates, the Black Cat, a teen super villain joining Pete's class, more Mysterio, Kitty Pryde, and what J. Jonah Jameson does now he knows who Spider-Man really is, and some of this is fun. But it should have been ilustrated by Mark Bagley not drowned by Lafuente and Pichelli.
So, next time the death of Spider-Man, followed by the new Spider-Man, probably followed by the marvellous return of Peter Parker somewhere down the line. Hopefully this means the title will get better again and, despite my better judgement, I'll still be here reading it.