Ultimate Spider-Man 76 (June 2005)

247669The Ultimate Spider-Man all action issue. Let’s see, do we have Peter’s internal dialogue going full steam? Yep. Is Mary Jane unexpectedly in danger? Yep. Is the threat lame? Yep.

First, Bendis does do a great job with the internal dialogue. Peter’s conflict over fighting Hobgoblin Harry is great. All the stuff he says? Great. But it’s ephemeral. Bendis isn’t building towards anything, just getting some words on the page in front of the fight scene. Hobgoblin’s real ugly too; not sure if Bagley’s lazy or it’s on purpose.

Mary Jane showing up is yet another wishy-washy thing Bendis is doing with her. She’s there to confront Harry, meaning she didn’t listen to Peter–who told her to stay away to stay safe.

As for Hobgoblin as a villain? He’s destroying Manhattan. Whoop-de-doo. All Ultimate villains destroy Manhattan. The heroes too.

And why’s Nick Fury M.I.A.?


Hobgoblin, Part Five; 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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