Ultimate Spider-Man 80 (October 2005)

247673Bendis is trying really hard this issue; I wonder if he realized how loose he’d been getting on Ultimate Spider-Man and decided to refocus his energies.

The issue opens with Peter fighting Moon Knight, which has an ominous Elektra side story and some great banter from Peter. Then there’s some Bugle stuff, then Peter goes off for his talking heads scene with Ultimate Kingpin.

After maybe the greatest moment in the comic in a while–Ultimate Elektra, master ninja assassin, chastises Spider-Man for scoping out her boobs. It’s a great moment of realism from Bendis, who’s otherwise been way too concentrated on the soap opera aspect of the series. This one moment makes Ultimate more realistic than any of his Mary Jane stuff.

The talking heads scene with Kingpin is awesome just because Bendis writes Kingpin as really smart and really evil.

It’s the best issue in ages.

CREDITS

Warriors, 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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