I’m sick and tired of reading spoilers for issues online months
before I read them in trade paperbacks, so I’m slowly shifting
everything into the monthly issues. I’m now caught up on this
title, and will be caught up on Ultimate X-Men at the end of July
(when Return of the King ships.) This means that
Bureau 42 will have more frequent and more current comic
Title: Ultimate Spider-Man #40, 41, 42
Author: Brian Michael Bendis
Illustrator(s): Mark Bagley and Art Thiebert
Original Publication Date: May and June 2003
Cover Price: $2.25 US, $3.75 Canada each
While recovering from his battle with Venom, Spider-Man meets
Latverian exchange student who can blow things up with a
guy has serious social problems.
These three issues are the first three in a six-part storyline that
continues through July and August.
The party invitation.
Peter didn’t bring the guy back to the cops right away?
This is an original villain, and one who really seems
belong in Spider-Man’s world. There is no corresponding
the regular Marvel Universe. (At least, not yet.) Add to this
new behaviour from Flash Thompson, and it fells bright and new.
give it 5 out of 6.
The artwork is the same style from Bagley that we’ve
along, and it’s still worth 5 out of 6.
The story is only the first half of a story, but it’s
along nicely. It’s an interesting character who fits quite easily
into Peter Parker’s life. It’s got me hooked already. I give it 4
out of 6.
The characterization develops a bit for Mary Jane
Stacy. It looks like we’re going to see something new from Flash
Thompson, too. Geldoff, the new character, has more depth to
most Spider-villains, as well. Peter’s the only one who doesn’t
into new territory, but he’s a pretty major character. I give it 4
out of 6.
The emotional response this produced was about as
varied as Bendis wanted it to be. Peter, Gwen and Mary Jane
very different characters, but they’re all easy to identify with. I
give it 4 out of 6.
The flow is smooth and well-paced, picking up the
the story demands it. I give it 5 out of 6.
Overall, it’s a great start to a new story arc in my
favourite title. I give it 5 out of 6.
In total, Ultimate Spider-Man issues 40, 41, and 42
32 out of 42.
Additional Notes and Comments
Issue 43 ships on July 2.