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Story by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by David Marquez
Cover by Kaare Andrews

Size: 0 pages
Price: 3.99

It’s a Bendis Spider-Man. What do you really expect?

Whatever it is, you’ll pretty much get exactly that. The plot, which is moving in interesting directions, has the approximate speed of the Blob, with perhaps comparable immovability since it’s so clear that Marvel and Bendis are quite satisfied with the pacing of this book.

Don’t get me wrong: I like the story Bendis is weaving here, the situation that Miles finds himself in, the ever-evolving way in which he fits into the Ultimate universe as Peter’s successor. I just wish he’d do it more quickly. This issue and the last could EASILY have been a single issue and still be a bit on the decompressed side, frankly, and likely that could have been a stronger issue than either of the ones that’ve been telling that story.

With many of the comics coming out these days seeming to shift against the level of decompression that has existed in the last decade or so, one wonders why this series is like a poster child for a good comic that could’ve been great with a little more pacing sensibility. I guess because ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN has always been hugely decompressed, and worked that way: in trades, especially, I’d guess.

Marquez and Ponsor do make the book look quite good, but I can’t help but wonder (this series gets me wondering, see) if they aren’t a little wasted on it.

Story: 3 - Good
Art: 4 - Very Good

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