The stand-alone prologue to next week’s Ultimate
Six #1 hit shelves this week. The next issue of
Ultimate Spider-Man will hit in October, and
will feature the return of the Kingpin.
Title: Ultimate Spider-Man #46 (Afterwords…)
Author: Brian Michael Bendis
Illustrator: Mark Bagley
Original Publication Date: September 10, 2003
Cover Price: $2.99 US, $4.75 Can
In a flashback to the events that followed Double
deals with the Ultimate Sandman for the first time.
“Can I get a ride?”
The “slip of the tongue” by the researcher. These guys
are in an
installation so secret Ultimate S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t know
and they give away secrets that easily?
The new Sandman feels pretty original to me.
menacing than the normal version, in my opinion. His
silence, and his
battle tactics, are both new and viscious. I give it 5 out of
The artwork is very good, especially
difficult it would be to draw this particular villain. I give it 6
out of 6.
The story is pretty simplistic, particularly when
consider that this was a double-sized issue. Part of that
because so much of it is a recap of what’s come before. I
give it 4
out of 6.
The characterization is limited to Agent Carter,
for the most
part. Sandman is just downright evil, and very shallow at
point. I give it 4 out of 6.
The emotional response to this issue was
good. I knew that
it was a prologue to Ultimate Six, and that it
Sandman, but that’s it. It’s not the setting or the battle I
expecting. I give it 5 out of 6, for entertaining surprises.
The flow is smooth, with transitions to and from
flashback. The combat was well depicted, given the
narrator and actions.
I give it 5 out of 6.
Overall, it’s a decent stand alone issue, but it
feels like a
retcon to allow Bendis to write Ultimate Six as
Spider-Man has already met the character, which is
what it is. I give it 4 out of 6.
In total, Ultimate Spider-Man #46 receives 33
out of 42.