Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #153

Title: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #153
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Sara Pichelli, David Lafuente, Lan Medina & Ed Tadeo
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Reviewer: Johnny Destructo

When I first caught wind of the upcoming “Death of Spider-Man”, I grimaced. The event from a couple years ago “The Other” popped into my brainmeat, which isn’t a Spider-Man story I like to recall all that often. Then I realized it was the death of Ultimate Spidey and I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to actually involve any real deaths. I figured it would be a “Peter Parker would hang up his Spider-duds and give up being a super-hero for a couple issues until he realized how much he’s needed” type of story. Or maybe the opposite. It’s difficult to think of characters in the Ultimate Marvel U who DON’T know that Spidey is Peter Parker, and maybe killing off the Peter Parker persona would spray a healthy coating of Febreze on the character. But then the Ed McGuinness cover threw me for a loop. You know, the one that shows Spider-Man slumped over in front of a grave that reads “Parker”. That got me to thinking: wouldn’t that be something? ACTUALLY killing off Peter Parker?

There is one thing that I love about the Ultimate Universe, and that’s the idea of change. Things started off well enough, back in 2000, when the Ult. U was birthed into existence, but then things got kind of quiet. However, since the Ultimatum storyline, it’s been looking like change is par for the course again! This baby universe has been keeping me on my toes, and it’s a great feeling. Over in Ultimate Doom, Ben Grimm is different, and even Reed Richards is different. Is it possible that the untouchable Peter Parker is on the chopping block as well? As much as I love Bendis’ take on ole Puny Parker, I would much rather read something new and exciting than rehashing the same old stories, and I’m sure Bendis feels the same way.

With this issue, I’m starting to wonder if death is indeed on the horizon for our young hero. There is something very dangerous and unpredictable possibly making its way into the hands of bad, bad people. Believe it or not, we might have been better off when Wilson Fisk was the Kingpin. At least he respected and feared that which is now out in the open. This thing seems to have Cosmic Cube or Infinity Gauntlet power levels and I wouldn’t be surprised if Pete doesn’t make it to the end of this storyline intact. I almost hope he doesn’t. Let’s keep the kid dead if that’s in the cards for him. Why not just have a series based on Pete’s female clone? That would be the tits, I say. But, of course, it IS Spider-Man, Marvels top-tier character and money maker, so the odds are in the favor of those who fear change.

This issue is more of the same from Bendis and Co., and that’s a compliment. Witty back-n-forths, great art, great writing, suspense, etc. This book is consistently awesome. Sara Pichelli is really someone to keep an eye on, her work is amazing, and I look forward to seeing more of it soon! This is a great place to get back into the Ultimate Universe if you’ve been away. And Bender from Futurama makes an appearance. What else do you need?

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