ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #127
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Ultimate Spider-Man continues to razzle, dazzle, and rock my world. While there have been a few issues that rubbed me the wrong way, I’ve found, for the most part, that the all of the issues I’ve read since starting the book have been really solid. When it comes to this specific issue though, I have a confession to make: When I first read on this wonderful World Wide Web that Gwen Stacy was making a come back in this book, I thought, “Oh hell no.” You see, I’m not the giantest fan of characters coming back so soon after dying. And yes, I know that sometimes it’s a part of comics. But Peter’s whole schtick is that he always feels guilt whenever someone close to him is hurt, and Gwen’s story in the Ultimate Universe was no different. After reading the issue though, I’m pleasantly surprised to report that Bendis has surprised me with this twist of events.
It’s not really in how Gwen was brought back. I mean, she just kind of appears. But, the real strength in this issue for me was all of the stuff surrounding Gwen’s return. In all honesty, she’s only on about six pages of the whole comic. And what happens instead is that Bendis writes this very elegant inner monologue with Peter as he tries to deal with his “Eddie Brock” problem. What’s so great about this whole routine is that Peter comes to realize that those he wants to seek help from are often dealing with bigger and better things. And that’s always what’s so great about Spider-Man. His issues are always important, but not important enough to call in the Avengers. The other thing that I really liked about this issue is that Bendis has laid the groundwork for a really nice mystery surrounding the symbiotes, Trask company, Ben Urich, and his father’s past. I’m very intrigued by this, if only because nothing like this was ever explored with the character before. I think Gwen’s return may play a larger role later, but as of now, I’m not as bothered by it as I thought I would be, which is never a bad thing.
Enough can’t be said about Immomen’s pencils. This man draws a damn near perfect book. During Peter’s monologue, the panels are so well placed and beautifully drawn. There’s a particular page where he’s swinging around the Baxter building that is absolutely stunning, and the scene at the Daily Bugle is just tons of fun. Immomen is one of my favorite artists, and his art in this book has definitely made this one of my most favorite books to read.
Art: 5 - Excellent