Bendis keeps the spider crawling through life as a teenage
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.
“I’m done. OK, now I’m done. OK, now.”
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.
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
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
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