The end of the Irresponsible story arc, a few weeks
late due to problems on the supply end.
Title: Ultimate Spider-Man #45
Author: Brian Michael Bendis
Illustrator: Mark Bagley
Original Publication Date: Mid-August 2003. (There was ann
error at my local shop, so the review is late.)
Cover Price: $2.25 US, $3.75 Can
In an epilogue to the Irresponsible story arc, Aunt
visits a therapist.
Bendis proves once again that Aunt May should be more than a
The sudden appearance of the Robin Hood book. It
like too convenient a cop-out to the cliffhanger.
I’ve never seen another comic where a character spends an
at a therapist. (Spider-Man visited one once, but it was all a
by Mysterio. This was the real deal.) In this case, the entire issue
is about a secondary character as well. That’s
enough for a 5 out of 6.
The artwork is Mark Bagley. He’s doing great work,
particularly given the amount of subtle emotion that had to come
through in this issue. I give it 5 out of 6.
The story references past issues, but it can stand on
well enough. It’s entertaining in its own right, giving us
considerable insight into Aunt May and her motivations. Bendis
his characters and how to use them. There’s very little plot, but
pieces revealed have a natural, significant, and entertaining flow.
give it 4 out of 6.
This issue is all about characterization. We learn
about Aunt May in these pages than Stan Lee gave us in his
on Amazing Spider-Man. I give it 6 out of 6.
The emotional response this produced was a mixture
interest and compassion for her speech, and anticipation for the
when her conscious mind realizes what her subconscious mind
have already figured out. I give it 5 out of 6.
The flow was very well done, but given the nature of
issue, that just means that Bendis found natural ways to transition
the various bits of conversation together. This is not an easy
so I’ll award the issue 5 out of 6.
Overall, it’s another good addition to an excellent run
the title. I give it 5 out of 6.
In total, Ultimate Spider-Man #45 receives 35 out of
Additional Notes and Comments
Ultimate Spider-Man #46 ships next week, and it’s a
to the Ultimate Six miniseries that launches the week
Next up: Eternal #4.