blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

Ultimate Spider-Man 75 (June 2005)

205670Not quite a great seventy-fifth issue. It’s not bad, but Bendis is now ripping off Fight Club. He doesn’t get good mileage out of it either.

There are a couple big things this issue and not Harry always having been goblin-ready. First is Peter and May having a blow out about him going out in the middle of the night. Even though they’ve moved, Bendis hasn’t really given May any page time. She doesn’t get a lot here, but enough to reestablish herself as a force in the comic.

Then there’s the talk with Mary Jane. Yeah, Bendis is really making her out to be a twit. He’s taking away at least half her intellect, which is cheap and bad. She doesn’t even have motivation anymore; Bendis is being very wishy-washy. It hurts the comic.

The big reveal at the end–the Tyler Durden moment–is awful.


Hobgoblin, Part Four; 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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