Terrell Reviews Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #23



Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #23
Writer: Bendis, Brian Michael

Artist: David Marquez
Cover Artist: David Marquez
On Sale Date: May 15, 2013
Publisher: Marvel Comics

The events of the last issue in Ultimate Spider-Man came as a complete surprise to me. Who could have guessed that his mother would have been accidentally murdered during the venom attack. Miles, who was already feeling that being spider-man was becoming to much of a burden believed that he was to blame for the attack on the hospital and the death of his mother. He then destroys his suit and vows to be Spider-Man no more, a claim that has been made by Peter Parker before him. In a story twist that I thought was genius, Bendis turns the clock forward one year which was a great change of pace. A lot can change in a year and it definitely has. Seems a familiar face has become a more prominent figure in Miles’ inner circle. Kate Bishop who was spotted occasionally in the background of previous issues in now his girlfriend. If you have heard her name before it is because she is “Lady” Hawkeye in the other marvel universe. Although her first ultimate universe appearances has been in Spider-Man it will be interesting to see if she dons a costume as well. Ganke is also back and he is as funny and supportive as ever. I just wish he would have been able to get his special edition Lego set. Its apparent that Miles has gotten used to living a “normal” life with typical teen problems and situations. This was definitely the break he needed after his loss. Sadly this is the Marvel universe and things can only go so well for so long. Jessica Drew has been trying to contact Miles and bring him back into the fray but he keeps blowing her off. New York needs Spider-Man even if he doesn’t know it. I can’t stress how amazed and satisfied I was with this book. Between the flirty dialogue of Miles and Kate or the sarcasm expressed between him and his father, Bendis shows that it’s the moments he is not in costume that are sometimes the most important. Marquez and Ponsor are a great team who not only capture the tone and ambiance but also the uniqueness of each character. If you haven’t started reading this book go get it now.

I give it 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls

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