Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ultimate Spider-Man #155

This issue of Ultimate Spider-Man wraps up the prelude to Spidey's "death," and as such it's a very quiet story indeed.

But it's a fun one! First of all, it's loaded with terrific art, as Chris Samnee brings his wonderfully expressive style to the book. His shots of Spider-Man swinging through the city are pure poetry.

Writer Brian Bendis also has his usual fun with dialogue, as Peter Parker and J. Jonah Jameson have an interesting meeting about secrets shared and employment opportunities.

It's - surprisingly - a happy issue for the web-slinger, and a much-needed one after recent intense moments in his life.

Presumably it's all leading up to an even more intense sequence, so it's nice to have this moment to set things right and bring the readers up to date.

There may not be a lot of action on display, but the comic makes up for it with a lot of heart and several surprises.

After seeing the travails the original Spider-Man comic went through for the last couple of years, it's great to have this haven for outstanding stories. If you haven't been following this title, you're missing out.

Grade: A-


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