Ultimate Spider-Man #133
Brian Michael Bendis
(a) Stuart Immonen & Wade Von Grawbadger
FC, 48 pgs w/ ads $3.99 US
And so an era comes to an end. Sure, the Ultimate line will be relaunched in a couple of months, but it still seems kind of sad to see Ultimate Spider-Man come to an end. I remember when the series first started – it was around the same time J. Michael Straczynski took over Amazing Spider-Man. There was hype for both series and I could only afford one of them. I chose Ultimate Spider-Man and am I ever glad I did.
Bendis has done an amazing job on this title and Stuart Immonen has more than filled Mark Bagley’s shoes as artist on the title. He will be missed when the title relaunches in August. This issue is pretty much tied directly to Jeph (I wrote Commando and Teen Wolf) Loeb’s Ultimatum mini-series. And it’s a fast read – there’s no words anywhere. It’s been seven years since Bendis has written an issue without his trademark dialogue – the editor mandated ‘Nuff Said month. Still Immonen captures the story perfectly, there’s no need for words. I have enjoyed Ultimate Spider-Man consistently for 133 issues. I hope that the relaunch in August doesn’t take away Bendis’ momentum. (Shane Hnetka)