Monday, 26 February 2018

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Volume 3 Review (Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez)

Uncle Prowler knows that his nephew Miles is the new Spider-Man and plans to blackmail him into his enforcer for his takeover of the NYC criminal underworld – but will Miles go along with it? Also, HYDRA attempt a second American Revolution as their ranks go toe-to-toe with SHIELD in open warfare and Cap gets made President of the United States?!

Brian Bendis’ Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man continues to impress with this great third volume. The Uncle Aaron/Prowler storyline plays out superbly – with added Ultimate Scorpion/Mac Gargan! – and Miles’ transformation as the new Spidey completes after a touching meeting with Aunt May and Gwen Stacy. I really liked David Marquez’s art too – he’s definitely a fine choice to tag in on the non-Sara Pichelli issues to maintain the high visual standards of the series. 

The book falls down somewhat in the second half with the forced Divided We Fall/United We Stand crossover/event nonsense. I didn’t care for the storyline and would’ve much preferred to be reading more of Miles’ story and less SHIELD/HYDRA war drivel. Still, Miles and Cap have some good scenes and Miles’ dad looks set to undergo some trials of his own so it’s not a total waste of time. 

Three books in and Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man is still a very enjoyable, quality read thanks to the inspired efforts of Bendis and co. – what an excellent Marvel title this is!

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