Comic Review – “Ultimate Spider-Man” 43

Bendis keeps the spider crawling through life as a teenage

General Information

Title: Ultimate Spider-Man #43

Author: Brian Michael Bendis

Illustrator(s): Mark Bagley

Original Publication Date: July 2, 2003

Cover Price: $2.25 US, $3.75 Can


Some of the X-Men try to sort out the problems that Pete had
Geldoff last issue.

High Point

“I’m done. OK, now I’m done. OK, now.”

Low Point

The visible hearts. That kind of thing comes across as fairly
cartoony and childish; the expression on her face got that point
across well enough.

The Scores

Bendis always finds something new to do. The Kitty Pryde-Peter
angle seems like a beautiful fit to me, especially given the close
between the two of them. The cliffhanger’s not new, though. I
the originality 4 out of 6.

The artwork is as it has been lately; it’s seemed a bit
rushed since the title went to 18 annual issues instead of 12. I
it 4 out of 6.

The story is still unfolding, in a very interesting way.
What we thought we knew last month may not be the case, and
personal life may be collapsing in ways he’s not even aware of
I give it 4 out of 6.

Characterization is one of Bendis’ strong suits. For
once we
have a villain who isn’t out to amass personal fortune or destroy
world. This villain is far more believable than any we’ve seen in
past. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response this produced included
laughing out
loud when I reached the High Point, and some discomfort at the
Ultimate X-Men’s ethical liberties. In short, I felt what Bendis
wanted me to feel, so that’s worth 5 out of 6.

The flow was smooth, except for the last action
which was disjointed by the panel arrangements. I give it 4 out of

Overall, it’s a continuation of a great comic. I give it
out of 6.

In total, Ultimate Spider-Man 43 receives 31 out of

2 replies on “Comic Review – “Ultimate Spider-Man” 43”

  1. Quite Simply…

    High Point
    “I’m done. OK, now I’m done. OK, now.”


    It has to rank as one of the funniest page and a half in the Ultimate series.

    • Re: Quite Simply…
      Bah! Hulk use tail man as weapon against spider man [note two words, lower case]. Hulk clap hands, green guy’s board go out so Hulk can punch him. Puny spider strings can’t hold Hulk! Now Hulk wrap spider man up in his own strings! Now guy with fake long metal legs hits Hulk? Hulk show you he can fight back! Then bowl haircut guy not try hitting Hulk again!

      Hulk strongest one there is!

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