Ultimate Spider-Man #133
By Zak Edwards
June 15, 2009 - 23:01
Writer(s): Brian Michael Bendis
Penciller(s): Stuart Immonen
Inker(s): Wade von Grawbadger
Colourist(s): Justin Ponsor
Letterer(s): Joe Carmagna
Cover Artist(s): Stuart Immonen and Richard Isanove
This is it, the last issue of Ultimate Spider-Man before the “Requiem” issues and the re-naming to “Ultimate Comics Spider-Man.” Brian Michael Bendis decides to try something a little experimental, the removal of the speech balloon. No characters talk, none at all, and for the first time since he left, I miss original Ultimate Spider-Man artist Mark Bagley. While Stuart Immonen has been amazing on his tenure on this title and I regret his leaving at the end of the aforementioned Requiem comic books, his strengths are definitely with the ction and not the emotion, which is something an issue like this needs in droves.
But here in lies the problem with this issue. As Bendis obviously compensates for Immonen’s specialty, the issue feels lacking because of it. I feel too much was held back in this issue because of the experimentation and a more conventional issue would have been better able to have an impact, especially before the series is rebooted after the whole Ultimatum debacle is finally put to rest by the terribly incompetent team of Jeph Loeb and David Finch.
6/10 While I applaud the idea, the issues loses too much without the words.
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