Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ultimate Spider-Man #158

Thankfully, I've never been shot. But I have it on good authority that it hurts. A lot.

A friend of mine named Dave served during the war in Vietnam and he always laughed about scenes in TV shows and movies where the good guy gets shot (usually a "flesh wound") and carries on with the fight. His favorite was in Raiders of the Lost Ark, where Indiana Jones gets shot in the arm but manages to scramble under a moving truck, climb back in and beat up the Nazi at the wheel.

He found those scenes funny because he got shot while he was in Vietnam - just a tiny nick when a bullet clipped his arm. He said his arm immediately went numb - he couldn't move it at all.

I always think about that story (first heard over 30 years ago) when I run into scenes like the one in this issue of Ultimate Spider-Man. At the end of the last issue Spidey pushes Captain America out of the way of a sniper shot and takes the bullet himself.

He's shot through the side, just above the hip (so presumably no organs were hit), and here he wakes up to find Cap has left him alone on the bridge, apparently to bleed to death.

In the best Jack Bauer tradition he gets to his feet and webs up his wound and gets back in the fight of his life (presumably the last fight of his life, depending on what happens in the next two issues).

It's an exciting, action-packed story with the usual fine efforts by writer Brian Bendis and artist Mark Bagley, as they keep us on the edge of our seats - but as much as I'm enjoying this story, I have to admit my pal Dave would be laughing at this issue.

Grade: A-


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