The arc introducing Ultimate Black Cat finished this
Title: Ultimate Spider-Man: Claws
Author: Brian Michael Bendis
Illustrator(s): Mark Bagley
Original Publication Date: December 2003 through
Ultimate Black Cat shows up with a grudge against the
“Sssh, I’m thinking.”
Craig apparantly changed his name to Greg between
It’s a return to another new spin on an old story,
original version wasn’t that great. While I
credit for making the Kingpin’s interest in the
tablet actually work
for his extremely pragmatic character, the new stuff
restricted to the side story with Mary Jane.
I give it 4 out of 6.
The artwork is, as usual, very well done.
warehouse rant was particularly well drawn. I give
it 6 out of 6.
The story had a lot action and very little
motivated plot. I
give it 4 out of 6.
The characterization was excellent,
particularly for Mary
Jane and the Kingpin. Gwen Stacy had a very small
role, but even that
showed what kind of person she really is. I have a
hard time believing
Peter would have held back when talking to Black Cat
on the rooftop,
though. I give it 5 out of 6.
The emotional response wasn’t as strong as
it has been in the
past. The early stories had significant changes
often, keeping things
fresh and exciting. It’s been a while since that
happened, and I’m
getting impatient. I hate a status quo, and that’s
what we’ve got
now. The funny moments were still funny, but that’s
about it. I give
it 3 out of 6.
The flow worked well outside the catfight.
Some of the
artwork was drawn in extreme close-up, which made it
hard to track
some of the action. I give it 4 out of 6.
Overall, it’s not a bad arc, but it’s not
not amazing or ultimate either, come to think of it.)
I give it 4 out
In total, Claws receives 30 out of 42.