blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

Ultimate Spider-Man 73 (May 2005)


Bendis delves into Harry’s return, setting him up to be a teenage supervillain. He’s rich, he’s got secrets–he now remembers all the bad stuff, thanks to a hypnotically placed phrase–and he’s probably got the Green Goblin formula.

It’s a waste of an issue though, as Bendis is showing his hand early. He’s delaying dealing with Peter and Harry; giving Harry the whole issue, but one where he’s suspicious–Bendis never gets into Harry’s mind past some nightmarish flashbacks–just primes the reader for Harry’s evil plan.

Why will Harry have an evil plan? Like father, like son? Or maybe I’m wrong and Bendis has something else planned. But he’s setting the foundation for another of the Ultimate Goblin stories. They all sort of run together and having an orange teen goblin won’t distinguish this one.

I hope I’m wrong; I hope Bendis does something interesting with Harry.


Hobgoblin, Part Two; writer, Brian Michael Bendis; penciller, Mark Bagley; inker, Scott Hanna; colorist, Jonathan D. Smith; letterer, Chris Eliopoulos; editors, John Barber, Nicole Wiley and Ralph Macchio; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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