blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

Ultimate Spider-Man 83 (November 2005)

270263Still with the pacing problems. Bendis does get around to a good conversation between Peter and Mary Jane, but there’s also a lot of rubbish with Moon Knight–Ultimate Moon Knight apparently has four multiple personalities who hang out at a swing set and banter with each other–and some with the Ultimate Kung Fu duo.

Oh, and Elektra going after some of Kingpin’s misbehaving flunkies.

Bendis front loaded the arc with all the actual content and is now just padding it out. Even Black Cat, who’s seemingly making an impression on Peter, is really just more padding. They’re not going to hook up or anything because Bendis still keeps things very chaste. The flirting’s just flirting, it’s all safe.

I can’t think of anything else in this one. Except the ending when it’s obvious Bendis has overloaded the arc with guest stars. Even the villain finds it all exasperating.


Warriors, 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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