Ultimate Spider-Man 155 Review!

Title: Ultimate Comics Spider-man: Death Of Spider-Man: Prelude

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Chris Samnee
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Letterer: Cory Petit
Reviewed by Johnny Destructo
VERY MILD SPOILERS:
If I wasn’t worried for Peter’s safety BEFORE, I certainly am after reading THIS issue! There are events within stories that make you nervous for any particular character, like obvious evil, certain impending doom, the usual. And then there are things that seasoned readers get nervous about from outside of the story. I would be nervous for Spider-Man if this issue ended with the entire villain-set of the Ultimate Marvel Universe showing up at the end, ready to take out poor Peter. But, seriously, how many times has he overcome ridiculous odds to come out a winner? No, this ending is far more sinister in its complete lack of sinis…ter…ness? In fact, things have never been as good for Peter as they are in this issue. This issue is pure fantasy-fulfillment through and through. I’m not sure if people would get mad at me for revealing the complete joy that is this issue, hence the Spoiler-warning.

I’ve always been a big fan of the Ultimate Universe (see my Thank You to the Ultimate U, if you don’t believe me:  http://www.poptardsgo.com/?p=1792), but the short of it is that lately this particular universe is starting to feel fresh and dangerous again. Anything can and will happen! I’ve been quietly (or not-so-quietly) hoping for the actual DEATH of Spider-Man. It’s not that I don’t LOVE him, god knows he’s my favorite character ever, but it’s my love for lasting change that really drives this death-wish. I don’t really expect Marvel to permanently murder their top character, but wouldn’t it be exciting if Peter’s female clone was the new main character? For GOOD? I realize that Marvel Universe proper tried it over a decade ago, but they didn’t have the stones to stick with it (also the story was just awful), but I think if anyone is able to make it stick, it’s Bendis. And it’s his writing here that makes me wonder if that is, indeed where this is heading! No one writes an issue like this unless they really wanna see a character get what’s earned before his big send-off. And THAT is really has me worried/excited to see what’s coming next, and what makes this one of the best books on the shelves!

Speaking of which, I check http://www.chrissamnee.com/ on a weekly basis to see what he’s up to with his fantastic work, so it was an absolute pleasure to see his stuff splortched all over the interiors of this book. I do have a negative though, in that Chris’ work is beautiful in color, but absolutely shines in black and white. He has a knack for mostly drawing only in shadows when he’s doing black and white work, and it’s far more dynamic to my eye than the stuff that gets colored. Also, he made an interesting choice to draw Ultimate MJ to look more like young 616 MJ, with the hair and the body language and the what-nots. All-in-all, though.. just perfect work.

JD can be found hosting the PopTards Podcast, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam over at www.poptardsgo.com, graphically designing/illustrating/inking for a living, and Booking his Face off over here. Follow his twitter @poptardsgo

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4 Comments to “Ultimate Spider-Man 155 Review!”

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  1. Mark Mackner says:

    “it’s my love for lasting change that really drives this death-wish”

    Literally, the dumbest thing I’ve read in a very long time.

    Nah, just fuckin’ witcha! That subtitles guy is a total douche nozzle.

  2. JD (Host) says:

    yeah, he has yet to respond to me calling him out..
    what a jackass!

  3. Bobby says:

    If someone was looking to dive into the Ultimate U, where would you reccomend they start, what key tpbs?

  4. JD (Host) says:

    Hey Bobby, sorry for the late response! I’m a jerk.
    WIth Spidey, you could start at the trade paperback: ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO PETER PARKER, this takes place recently and is when they rebooted Ultimate Spidey after the “Ultimatum Event”.

    MY recommendation for Ult Spidey is to just start at the beginning! I love that series so much that I’d say read the whole damn thing. I’d pick up the extra thick editions, which are called simply: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN: ULTIMATE COLLECTION..there are 3 editions out now. They collect much more than the standard trade paperback and the first one is only like $16 on overstock.com

    http://www.overstock.com/Books-Movies-Music-Games/Ultimate-Spider-Man-Ultimate-Collection-Vol.-1-Paperback/2282897/product.html?cid=123620&fp=F&mr:trackingCode=0D8F242C-52C1-DF11-98FF-0019B9C043EB&mr:referralID=NA

    As for the rest, grab the original ULTIMATES trade paperback by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch. It’s amazingly good! Ultimates 1 (trades 1 and 2) and Ultimates 2 (trades 1 and 2) are sooo good. After that it sort of gets “meh”. But those first 4 trades are great!

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