Ultimate Spider-Man 63 (October 2004)

153908It’s as though Bendis knew he couldn’t concentrate on Peter’s mourning, so instead of he concentrates on the rage. I don’t think Peter’s ever been so angry and so uncontrolled in Ultimate Spider-Man as he gets at the end of this issue. One reads it worried he’s going to beat Curt Conners to death. Conners’s guilt makes that prospect welcome.

Bendis instead lets May and Mary go through the confused mourning process. The issue all takes place on the same night as the person’s death and it’s a damn good issue. It’s one of Bendis’s best issues; his narrative shortcuts are all fantastic.

It’s one of those Ultimate Spider-Man pay-off issues. They make his other ones worth it. Bendis has a way of making everything but the story fade into the background (even the art).

The issue’s perfect. There’s not a single thing Bendis could do better.


Carnage, Part Four of Five; writer, Brian Michael Bendis; penciller, Mark Bagley; inker, Scott Hanna; colorist, Jonathan D. Smith; letterer, Chris Eliopoulos; editors, Nick Lowe and Ralph Macchio; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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