Comic Review – “Ultimate Spider-Man: Unfair”

The Kingpin is back. ‘Nuff said.

General Information

Title: Ultimate Spider-Man: Unfair (Issues 47-49)

Author: Brian Michael Bendis

Illustrator(s): Mark Bagley (pencils) and Art Thibert (inks)

Original Publication Date: October through November,

Cover Price: Each issue is $2.25 US or $3.75 Can


The Kingpin comes back to town, paying for the campaign of a
politician on an anti-Spider-Man platform.

High Point

Dinner conversation.

Low Point

This version of JJJ wears a different moustache.

The Scores

An entire arc without superhuman combat. It’s very plausible
and character work. That’s a nice boost to the
score. It’s also nice to see a villain make a comeback with more
half a dozen panels explaining how they came back after the
appearance. I give it 5 out of 6.

The artwork is right where it’s always been on this
title. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The story is an excellent break from the ordinary.
Spider-Man’s as funny as usual, particularly in the High Point
I give it 6 out of 6.

The characterization is fantastic all around. We gain
insight into every character who graces more than three panels.
give it 6 out of 6.

The emotional response this produces is pretty solid.
of laughs, surprises, and sympathetic moments from a variety of
characters. I give it 5 out of 6.

The flow is smooth and seamless once again. Very
managed on script and art. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a typical chapter in a great series, and
me ready and willing to grab issue 50 when it ships next month. I
give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Ultimate Spider-Man: Unfair receives 37 out
of 42.

One reply

  1. High Points…
    I think my top three from this arc would be (in no order):
    – The Restaurant scene with Kingpin
    – The three thugs quitting as they “just suck”
    – Aunt May giving JJJ a mouthful over the phone.

    I really liked this arc, the no real fighting action was a welcome relief from the norm especially with Ultimate Six going on. I am looking forward to seeing what they do with Black Cat, could be, interesting.

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