Comic Review – “Ultimate Spider-Man: Claws”

The arc introducing Ultimate Black Cat finished this

General Information

Title: Ultimate Spider-Man: Claws

Author: Brian Michael Bendis

Illustrator(s): Mark Bagley

Original Publication Date: December 2003 through
Feburary 2004


Ultimate Black Cat shows up with a grudge against the

High Point

“Sssh, I’m thinking.”

Low Point

Craig apparantly changed his name to Greg between

The Scores

It’s a return to another new spin on an old story,
and the
original version wasn’t that great. While I
give Bendis
credit for making the Kingpin’s interest in the
tablet actually work
for his extremely pragmatic character, the new stuff
is still
restricted to the side story with Mary Jane.
I give it 4 out of 6.

The artwork is, as usual, very well done.
Mary Jane’s
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
spectacular. (It’s
not amazing or ultimate either, come to think of it.)
I give it 4 out
of 6.

In total, Claws receives 30 out of 42.

3 replies on “Comic Review – “Ultimate Spider-Man: Claws””

  1. I have to admit…
    I have to admit that this has been the weakest story so far in what has been a rather good re-telling of Spider-man, I think what ruined it for me was Black Cats cleavage, I kid thee not.

    Her breasts seemed to defy gravity and the laws of physics by not popping out at their earliest convenience. Sorry, I may be a red-hot-bloodied-male, but even I draw the line at such a gratuitous cleavage shot.

    Apart from that point everything else was good, I’ll admit I haven’t read the last comic yet as I (or my flat-mate) haven’t been to the comic shop to pick up our orders.

    • Re: I have to admit…
      One of these days I’ll remember this is the only place I go where I MUST use HTML to break up my comments… maybe. ;-)

    • Re: I have to admit…
      Mmmm cleavage. Yeah, definately the weakest story of the series so far. I hope this is just a jumping off point for something in the long run. I really like how they’re handling the Peter/Mary relationship, the dialogue just feels so authentic. I wonder if they’ll do the whole Kingpin’s son thing, the original story did that pretty well. The rooftop fight was pretty cool, even if it was just an excuse for shameless butt/cleavage shots :)

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