Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Dave Marquez, David LaFuente, Sara Pichelli, Mark Brooks, Mark Bagley w/Andrew Hennessy
Colors: Justin Ponsor
Letters: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Dave Marquez w/Justin Ponsor & Mark Bagley w/Andrew Hennessy
Review by Scott Keys
Let me start off by saying that Bendis’ run on Ultimate (Comics) Spider-Man has been astounding! Not only has he written over 200 issues of the Web-Head (2 different Web-Heads in fact), but not ONCE did the quality ever dip. In fact, personally speaking of course, once he began writing Miles in the webs, I feel the quality improved. No longer was he hindered by the Peter Parker stories that came before. Yes, I know this is an alternate universe, but you still get those comparisons to some of Spidey’s greatest 616 adventures.
Now, on to the issue at hand. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #200 was one of the most touchingly poignant comics I’ve ever read! Bendis does an amazing job of honoring Peter’s memory with the other cast members of the book, and the sequences where each of them dream of what Peter would be like had he lived were some of the coolest splash pages in comics! The best part of those splash pages was the fact that the previous artists of the book each got a chance to illustrate Peter one last time. Bagley’s pages were classic super-hero fare done in his kinetic style. Brooks’ pages just oozed mood and action – beautiful work! Pichelli’s pages were fun and hilarious, she nails Miles & Peter both! LaFuente’s pages were so touching and beautifully done, I wish we could have seen more of this. And last, but certainly not least, Marquez’s art kills it once again! His storytelling and ability to convey emotion are incredible! The scenes where everyone is sitting around reminiscing are brilliantly done.
I, for one, cannot WAIT for Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #1, because Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #200 was arguably THE BEST book so far this year! I know I’ve said this before about other books, but there is literally NOTHING bad that I can say about this book! Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. The writing was amazing, the art sensational, the colors spectacular. See what I did there? Anyway, RUN to your LCS or buy the digital copy of this book NOW! It’s a great wrap-up of the previous run and a great jumping on point for new readers!
Art: 5 / 5
Story: 5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5
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