Ultimate Spider-Man 65 (November 2004)

189721It’s a great Ultimate Spider-Man until the end.

Bendis apes The Breakfast Club a little, putting Peter, Mary, Liz, Kong and Flash in detention. Then he flashes back to reveal what got them there, then he lets people say some things. Mostly Mary, put also Peter.

It’s one of those awesome talking issues Bendis does every once in a while.

But then he feels the need to rush Peter’s mourning arc and he cheapens the whole thing. Bendis assumes his readers are smart enough for the first three-quarters, but too dumb to let it finish gracefully.

It’s a conflicting issue. It’s mostly excellent, but it’s also a flop. At least it’s a believable flop–the big finish isn’t contrived, it’s just too soon.

That character work he gets done is fantastic, though. He reveals just as much about the speakers as their subjects. It’s a very impressive sequence.


Detention; 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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