Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Comics Rant: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #200

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Dave Marquez, David Lafuente, Sara Pichelli, Mark Brooks, Mark Bagley and Andrew Hennessy

    Its been one year since the untimely death of most of our favorite hero, Peter Parker. That's right, in the Ultimate universe, Peter Parker was almost as important to the fans as his alter ego, Spider-Man. this story picks up in Queens where our current Spider-Man, Miles Morales, is getting off of a bus with his best friend Ganke. They're on their way to a formal event, by the looks of their clothes and Ganke has a box of some sort. Apparently, he's bringing something to this event that may be a little bit embarrassing. Turns out that thing, is a box of Lego's. Let's see how this disaster turns out.They arrive at the house of Peter Parker which has a for sale sign right in front, and enter the door. From across the street, we can find Mary Jane Watson, ex girlfriend of Peter Parker looking at the house, she's with her new boyfriend, Liam. They decide its best for him not to go and he goes home, leaving her to enter the house herself. A limo pulls up to the house and inside is Lana Baumgartner and Jessica Drew, both friends of Parkers and Spider-Man's. Elsewhere in the city Firestar,

Iceman and the Human Torch all meet up over the city buildings and head to Parker's home. Now that everyone is there, its time to socialize and mingle as they get together to remember the city's greatest hero. Ganke doesn't waste any time walking over to Gwen Stacy and giving her the gift he's made. He noticed she likes Star Wars as well as he did and decided to make her a model of a space craft from the film series, her response to this? Makes out with the kid right in the middle of the living room. Why can't it be that easy for all of us Star Wars fans huh?

    As if things couldn't get any more weird, there's a ring at the door and its a delivery of food from Tony Stark. Since he couldn't make it to the party, he sent his condolences with a buffet! The last ones to show up are Kitty Pryde and Kong,a friend (and ex fling) and classmate of Peter's. Another limo pulls up, but the passenger does not get out. Inside is the guilt ridden J. Jonah Jameson, Peter's old boss and one of Spider-Man's greatest enemies. After a huge meal, MJ pops the question that may just be on everyone's mind: What Peter would be like if he was still alive. What would become of him.

    Mary's answer comes in the form of a dream, one that she continues to have over and over again. Its years from now, and Peter is the new leader of the Avengers! Being more popular than anyone out there, even Captain America! Aunt May's answer is the most appealing to Peter himself. She see's him using science to better his time as Spider-Man. Blending it with his crime fighting skills making it easier to stop his foes. But not only will he help himself, but the entire city too. Making it a safer, cleaner place to live. Gwen see's Spider-Man using his photography skills to bring down crooks from inside and outside the suit. Miles wonders if they'd ever work together, side by side one day. Kitty Pryde wonders what their life could've been is they stayed together, but doesn't let that out to anyone. Can't blame her, not the time or place. And then of course, there's Bobby Drake thinking that Sider-Man would make a super team with him and Johnny Storm. Filled with cool tech, ass kicking powers, motorcycles and Nova! After everyone's shared their thoughts it seems like the only thing left to do is sit and sulk, but no one wants to do that. They actually decide to come out and help the community, the way Peter did so selflessly for so long. They take all the left over food to a nearby church and feed the homeless. When they all come back home, they all say their goodbyes and depart, with a shadowy figure lurking in the shadows...being shadowy. This continues in the new series Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man 1.

    I've been reading Ultimate Spider-Man for years now, actually, since it started. I remember Marvel giving out free copies of Ultimate Spider-Man #1 in masses. Anything to get the word out on their new revamped, modern universe. I loved it. It was cool, it was new, it was Spider-Man, that's all I cared about. And not to mention the all star creative team on the first 111 issues of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mark Bagley. This wasn't the first time Bagley had drawn the Wall-Crawler, as he worked on Amazing Spider-Man in the 90's. This quickly became my favorite series to read, and still is my favorite series of all time, having a lot to do with Bendis and Bagley being favorites in their field, to me. Sadly, when they killed Peter, I stopped reading. I haven't read a single issue with Miles as my favorite hero, until Spider-Man came out about a year back. It brought the 616 Universe Parker into the Ultimate universe and it was the first time I had seen miles in action. Can't say I was disappointed at all. I loved it and it showed me I could enjoy someone else being everyone's favorite Web Head. Needless to say, I'm going to be buying the new Miles Series, continuing Bendis' incredible expanding story on my favorite super hero of all time. Until next week readers!

-Matt Milanes

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