Thursday, November 14, 2013

(Late)NB of the Week


Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man #1 (of 3)

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Drawn by David Marquez

When Marvel's Age of Ultron had finished, 3 things had happened: 1) Those of us that bought it were screwed out of $40, 2) the Spawn character Angela was moved over to the Marvel Universe and 3) the 616 Galactus had been moved to the Ultimate-verse. That last one is from where this Cataclysm stems. Galactus has merged with the Gah Lak Tus swarm and is going after the Ultimate Earth and it's up to the Ultimate heroes to take on a new challenge.
Each of the three ongoing titles are on hiatus as they all get 3-issue minis tying into the main mini, Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand, and Spidey leads the way for 'em. In this issue, we get some aftermath from the last Ult Spidey story and not much else but that's also where Bendis exceeds as a writer. His writing and dialogue is as crisp and real as ever. Spider-Woman wants the Ultimates to go after Roxxon (from the last story), Lana (Ult exclusive villain-turned-possible-hero) is finding that she may be better suited to be a villain-turned-possible-hero, Miles finds out that his year long absence has made people (namely the police) actually miss him and Cloak and Dagger realize they are alone and may need Spidey in their lives. And then they turn around to see Galactus.
Bendis is a master with words. He makes every issue of Ult Spidey feel natural and fun and comics need those books to settle the serious tone that most others take. He writes a world that is ridiculous and lavish and he makes it all feel like it's the one we have right outside and that's an amazing talent to have. However, his writing is also the worst part of this title. We are given three issues instead of the ongoing in order to tie into the big Cataclysm event and this issue has nothing but the last page tying into it. It's an issue that would have been better suited in the monthly because now we only have two issues to take Miles into the big Galactus brew-ha. Amazing issue, just nothing to do with why it was started.

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