cyberghostface: (Spidey & MJ)
cyberghostface ([personal profile] cyberghostface) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2011-03-25 04:54 pm

Ultimate Spider-Man #155 and #156

So with these two issues we have the prelude to and the first part of the "Death of Spider-Man" arc.

Needless to say, I'm a bit frustrated with some elements in how Bendis essentially reverts a lot of things back to the status quo with these issues. My best guess is that since Bagley's returning to a much-hyped new storyline he wants to set it up to a place where people who dropped the title would recognize it as opposed to wondering what's happening.

The first issue has art from Chris Samnee.

In #155, Peter is fired from his old job at a fast food place at the mall but is called up by Jonah who now knows who Spidey is from before. The two have an interesting conversation but it takes up half of the issue and I couldn't find the right limits. Basically, he tells Peter that he was wrong all this time and wants to make it up to him, even offering to pay for Peter's college tuition. Peter just wants his old job, and Jonah says it's the least he could do, even offering to spruce up the pay and make it easier for him to get out there in the world. Of course, Jonah is still Jonah and wants exclusive stories from Peter about his Spider-Man adventures.

Later on, Peter runs into Kitty Pryde as the Shroud. Earlier on Kitty Pryde had fled with her boyfriend Kong after she was almost arrested for being a mutant.

My face when I read that:

In all seriousness, I am extremely disappointed with Bendis in writing out Kong from the storyline like that and essentially ending the Kitty Pryde/Shroud storyline in such a halfassed manner. He had something really interesting going on with Kong and Kitty on the run, and to see him deal with it in such a way frustrates me to no end. Kong was also one of Bendis's best characters and writing him out like this does a huge disservice to the character. Fail.

As much as I love Pete/MJ and that their getting back was inevitable (no matter what Joe Quesada will say otherwise), again, this just seems a bit contrived. Pete and MJ are back, Pete's back at the Bugle, and Kitty has returned and no longer spouting pro-Magneto rhetoric. issue it's revealed that Norman Osborn is alive and in SHIELD custody. Apparently he survived getting shot in the head at close range in his normal form. He does what Goblins do best and blasts his way free. In the process though he seems to have found God, probably after such a close brush from death.

Again...frustrating. I like Bendis's Goblin,  but I thought he had meant it when he said the Death of the Goblin arc was going to be the final story with him, and I thought Bendis had given the final word on his take on the character. It was a fairly tragic ending with the Goblin killing his son, and so devastated, he turned back to his human self and asked to be shot. 

But he's back, so that's that.

Dun dun dun...