Ultimate Spider-Man #128
By Zak Edwards
December 1, 2008 - 19:14
Writer(s): Brian Michael Bendis
Penciller(s): Stuart Immonen
Inker(s): Wade von Grawbadger
Colourist(s): Justin Ponsor
Letterer(s): Cory Petit
Cover Artist(s): Stuart Immonen and Richard Isanove
Bendis ends his War of the Symbiotes arc with a lot of bangs and crashes and, unfortunately for anyone who read Ultimatum #1, the big surprise ending was ruined already. Go bad scheduling. And while this latest issue of one of my favourite super-hero titles going is aesthetically pleasing, it has some serious flaws on the storytelling front. But where Bendis comes up short in the script, Stuart Immonen draws what he does best, and the action heavy issue draws many of its strong point from the art.
Stuart Immonen has always excelled at the action shots in this series, and this issue is no exception. The battle between the symbiotes, in all their gloopy red and black glory are very cool to see. Immonen really abandons human anatomy for a lot of the fight between them, instead giving them a much more mythic look. They are truly monstrosities Spider-Man in no way can deal with and Immonen’s art really depicts this well. Even when Spider-Man does interfere in their fight, it’s almost laughable because of how Immonen shows the two fighting. And the new kind of Venom that is shown at the end of the issue is very different, evolving the look of the character. The lettering of the Eddie Brock/ Venom character is very cool as well, with the tyoe of speech bubble fully reflecting Eddie’s surrender to the symbiote, from white, to white with a scratchy font, to full black bubble. The art team in this issue really put forth something to be proud of.
7/10 Outstanding art, a story with a few holes but still enjoyable.
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