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Ultimate Spider-Man #100
Title: Clone Saga: Part 4
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler: Mark Bagley
Inker: John Dell & Drew Hennessy
Colorist: Justin Ponsor 

Plot:

Peter is shocked to see his dad alive, and standing in front of him.  Richard approaches Gwen and asks how she is feeling.  Richard then says that he will explain everything, while they eat some cold pizza.  Skip over to Oscorp, MJ is strapped into a familiar chair with the disfigured Peter standing by.  Peter says that soon sheíll be transformed, but heís suddenly attacked by a six armed Spider-Man in a black costume!  The disfigured Peter ends up winning the fight and he continues what he was doing.  Back at the Parker house, Richard explains that he never got on the plane that crashed and supposedly killed him along with his wife and the Brocks.  Richard had intentions of coming to get Peter from Ben and May, but the CIA got in the way.  Richard ended up working for the CIA so that they could stay one step ahead of Nick Fury and his super soldier serum.  Working with the CIA, Richard found out that Peter is Spider-Man, and so he went to visit May.  When May saw him, she was frightened and told him to stay away from Peter.  Before Richard can go too much further with his story, Nick Fury arrives outside the home with a battalion of Spider Slayers.  Suddenly, Gwen transforms into Carnage.  Peter is shocked and wants to just talk to Fury, but as he turns around, May falls to the ground complaining about her heart.  Skip back over to Oscorp, the disfigured Peter says to MJ, ďItís an all-new you.Ē 

Likes:
For the landmark 100th issue, this was awesome!  There are way too many likable things in this issue to list, so hereís just a few:  Bendis kept me on edge through the whole book, dangling clues in front of me, but Iím still not sure whatís what yet.  Richard Parker being alive is a really bold move for this book.  Assuming that Richard will stick around past this story arc, his presence in Peterís life will most likely change everything.  But with Richardís story being, as of now, incomplete, and a bit fishy, something tells me that heís got his own hidden agenda.  Asking Peter to suit up and fight Fury and the Spider-Slayers seemed a little peculiar, but itís definitely making me anxious to read the next issue.  Not to mention the fact that Gwen turned into Carnage!  Thereís a lot of speculating to be done on this story.  Now, onto the art; not a glitch in it.  The art was amazing.  In fact, I believe that Bagley and the team made special efforts on this issue to make sure it was bold and flawless.  Bagleyís unpublished work on the added pages were a nice touch.  Seeing the sketched concepts, and then looking at how the art has evolved is interesting.  One other thing, the recap pages of the entire series cleared up a few unanswered questions; namely how Harry became the Hobgoblin. 

Dislikes:
The only thing I could dislike is that this book was advertised as a double sized issue.  With that said, I expected 44 pages of reading, but instead only got 32.  Even though, ten extra readable pages, plus the bonus art work at the end, you canít go wrong. 

Favorite Quote: Nick Fury: AS YOU CAN SEE... I AM NOT SCREWING AROUND. 

Rating: 5 out 5 webs. This is an excellent issue, and I recommend it for everyoneís collection.  Iím looking forward to the next 100 issues!                                   

Reviewed By: Michael Heitkemper


Ultimate Spider-Man #99
Title: Clone Saga: Part 3
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler: Mark Bagley
Inker: John Dell & Drew Hennessy
Colorist: Justin Ponsor

Plot:
Peter canít believe his eyes; Gwen Stacy is alive, and standing in front of him at his old house.  Shift over to Oscorp, Mary Jane gets the first glimpse of her captor: a Peter Parker with a deformed face.  This Peter tells MJ that heís going to make her just like him.  Over at the Baxter building, Reed and Susan of the FF are trying to get answers from the Scorpion.  Scorpion asks if heís back at the zoo.  Reed and Susan decide to call Nick Fury.  Back at the former Parker home, Gwen explains that she woke up in a hospital, but everything is blurry from there.  We see images of a dead doctor, a guard shooting, and a view of the city from the top of a building.  Suddenly, Aunt May walks in.  She seeís Gwen, and then runs back to her house, frightened.  Peter and Gwen follow her.  Peter quickly comes out and confesses to May: He tells her that heís Spider-Man.  After Peter proves it by sticking to the ceiling, Aunt May tells him and Gwen both to get out!  Peter canít believe her reaction.  Then, in walks Peterís dad, Richard Parker.  Richard tells May to lay off Peter, heís just a kid.  May does not seem surprised to see Richard alive, and she tells him to take his son and get out.  Back at the Baxter building, Nick Fury arrives and sees the Scorpion.  Reed explains that someone is making clones of Peter Parker.  Fury calls back to base with an order to get the whole battalion of Spider Slayers ready.  Heíll meet them in Queens.

Likes:
This issue had some amazing art, and some shocking advances in the story.  However.... 

Dislikes:

....Even though there were some big twists in this issue, I really feel that it was poorly written.  The dialogue of the characters seemed so jumbled.  A prime example was the conversation between Reed, Susan, and Scorpion.  It took four pages of gibberish and repeating things we already knew, before Reed and Susan decided to call Nick Fury.  Next, Aunt Mayís reaction to seeing Gwen, and hearing Peterís secret was brought to a calm conversation far too quickly.  Aunt May is a normal person who believes in a normal life, I think her reaction was out of character.  Then again, with her unsurprised reaction to Richard Parker showing up, perhaps this isnít the real Aunt May.  With what weíve learned in the past three issues, all we can do is speculate. 

Favorite Quote:
Nick Fury: This is One-Eyed Eagle.  Clearance code: Ed OíNeil.  Get the Spider Slayers ready.  Iíll meet them in Queens. 

Rating:
3 out 5 webs.  The Clone Saga is moving at a rather slow pace.  The best part of this issue was the reveal of the deformed Peter Parker. The rest of the story, though it did move the story along, felt very stretched out with a lot of gibberish.                                     

Reviewed By: Michael Heitkemper


Ultimate Spider-Man Annual #2
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler: Mark Brooks
Inker: Jaime Mendoza w/ Mark Morales, Victor Olazaba, and Mark Brooks
Colorists: Laura Martin w/ Larry Molinar 

Plot:
We begin with Captain Jeanne DeWolfe discovering Moon Knights awakening and escape from the hospital.  Cut to: Spidey once again stopping a crime in progress by the Shocker.  Spidey decides to drop Shocker off to the police.  When he gets there, De Wolfe wants to speak with Spidey on the roof.  DeWolfe explains that thereís a new guy, Frank Oliver, that calls himself  the Kangaroo.  Kangaroo is a new gang lord that is trying to take over the Kingpinís territory.  She wants Spidey to go after him and bring him down.  Spidey thinks that this is an odd request from DeWolfe, and says that if he sees this Kangaroo doing something bad, he will act accordingly.  After Spidey leaves, DeWolfe calls Kingpin and informs him of her success in using Spider-Man.  As Spider-Man watches Kangarooís place, a fight breaks out inside.  Spidey invites himself in to find Daredevil taking on Kangaroo and his men. 
   Enter the Punisher and Moon Knight, who only seem to make matters worse by fighting each other.  While Spidey webs up Punisher and Moon Knight, Daredevil takes care of the Kangaroo.  Captain DeWolfe arrives with a bunch of other police.  They arrest the Kangaroo.  Spidey informs DeWolfe that he has the Punisher and Moon Knight webbed up on the roof top.  Just then, Punisher, breaking free, shoots and kills DeWolfe.  Spidey goes to beat up the Punisher, but Daredevil explains that DeWolfe was a dirty cop, and is rumored to be sleeping with the Kingpin.  Spidey has a bit of denial, but accepts it.  They depart, leaving the Punisher for the police.  Next we find Daredevil waiting for Moon Knight at his home.  Daredevil wonders Moon Knightís interest in joining a group if he were to put one together.  We end with the Kingpin appearing sad as he sits on his bed.  Likely mourning the death of Jeanne DeWolfe. 

Likes:
This was a well written, well drawn, fast paced story.  Iím not usually much for fast paced stories, but this one Iíll make exception for because of all the things that happened within.  There was the introduction of a new character, Ultimate Kangaroo, along with the return of many old ones.  We got a small glimpse into the brutal past of the Punisher from the Previously Page.  His past helps out a lot with his reasoning to shoot Captain DeWolfe, and Iím glad to see that itís at least slightly different than the 616 version.  Although Moon Knightís presence and use in this issue was to basically get in the way, I really enjoy his character and hope to see his return again.  Moon Knightís schizophrenic mind is intriguing because anything can happen with him, and we donít really know anything about him.  I canít wait to see what Daredevil and him are going to put together.   

Dislikes:
The death of Captain DeWolfe seemed like a waste to me.  We had just found out in the Warriors arc that DeWolfe was a dirty cop.  Now, in the very next story that sheís used in, sheís killed?  Iíd have liked to seen her hidden agendas for the Kingpin used a few more times with Spidey.  That way, Spidey, who has trusted her so long, could finally confront her about the truth.  I just feel like some good stories have gone to waste with her death.

Favorite Quote: 
Spider-Man: So... Who makes your costumes?
Daredevil: Shut up. 

Rating:
4 out of 5 webs.  On the first Annual, I knocked on Brooksí artwork a bit because it just didnít feel like Ultimate; but this issue was much better.  Mark Brooks is great at drawing Spider-Man fight scenes, and since thatís what this issue is filled with, it was awesome!  Come to think of it, we didnít even see Peter Parkerís face once.  Anyway, great art, great story, great book, but minus one web for the waste of a character that was full of potential.   

Reviewed By: Michael Heitkemper


Ultimate Spider-Man #98
Title: Clone Saga: Part 2
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler: Mark Bagley
Inker: John Dell & Drew Hennessy 

Plot:
Spider-Man visits the Fantastic Four, packing an unconscious Ultimate Scorpion.  Spidey asks Reed to run some tests on the Scorpion to find out who he is.  After a few tests, Reed finds that the Scorpion is none other than Peter Parker.  Scared out of his mind, Spidey reveals his identity to the Fantastic Four which shocks them.  Reed contacts Nick Fury and asks if anyone is in the business of cloning, but Fury says no because itís illegal, and to not even ask to.  After that, Reed says that he is going to run some more tests, and takes some of Spideyís blood.  Spidey then realizes that he has to get home, and so he leaves.  When he gets home, Aunt May informs him that Mary Jane has disappeared. 
  Peter quickly runs over to MJís house.  Peter searches MJís room, and from outside we can see hand prints on the outside wall near the window.  Peter then rushes to the old warehouse that him and MJ use to hide out.  But when he arrives, he is confronted by what appears to be Ultimate Spider-Girl.  Suspecting that this Spider-Girl has kidnapped MJ, Peter lets his frustration get the best of him, and he attacks her.  Spider-Girl, possessing many of Spider-Manís powers, (plus the ability to fire webbing from her fingertips) manages to knock Peter out.  After checking Peterís pulse, Spider-Girl states: ďIíll get them back for you, Peter.  Iíll do it for all of us.Ē  She then leaves.   Peter finally wakes up, and itís night time.  On his way home, he notices that the front door to his old home is wide open.  Thinking that MJ might be inside, he rushes in and surprisingly finds Gwen Stacy, Alive!
    We next shift over to Mary Jane, who is apparently being held in a large glass cage.  As she wakes up, a shadowy figure enters the room that the glass cage is in.  MJ recognizes this personís voice as Peter.  The supposed Peter starts talking about how he is going to protect MJ, and that he should have thought of this years ago.  MJ begins screaming, and we zoom out to discover that she is trapped inside Oscorp. 

Likes:
I especially enjoyed this issue.  So much happened in these pages, and nothing seemed short handed or drawn out too long.  Peterís reaction was exactly what I would expect from someone in his position.  Someone has cloned him, someoneís kidnapped MJ, and Gwen, who he thought was dead is suddenly alive!  Heís got a lot to shove through his head right now.  The art is top notch in this issue, and Bendis is making us really wonder with the unexplained remarks by both Scorpion and Spider-Girl.  But the way that this story arc is moving, I really believe that itís going to be worth all the wonder.  

Dislikes:
Not a thing.  A perfect issue, that I recommend to everyone. 

Favorite Quote:

Johnny Storm: I can see the headline: Doctor Reed Richards, leader of the world famous Fantastic Four, discovered water.  Nobel Committee in emergency session.

Reed Richards: I made it from my urine

Rating:

5 out of 5 webs!  A perfect score!  Pick it up and youíll see what I mean.                                                                                                                                             

Reviewed By: Michael Heitkemper


Ultimate Spider-Man #97
Title: Clone Saga: Part 1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler: Mark Bagley
Inker: John Dell & John Sibal 

Plot:
Peter is on the phone, apparently having an argument with Kitty Pryde.  Kitty is upset that Peter is spending so much time with Mary Jane.  Kitty even declares that Peter is still in love with MJ, and Peter does not deny it.  Aunt May enters the room, and Peter hangs up.  We next find Peter in the school hallways, where MJ invites Peter to the mall.  They go, and have a friendly conversation over some pizza.  Suddenly, thereís chaos in the mall; someoneís attacking it.  Peter tells MJ to leave, and she promises that she will.  Peter then changes to Spider-Man and confronts the person responsible for the chaos: Ultimate Scorpion.  Scorpion starts rambling about how he isnít going to be fooled by this, and how he knows he was here.  Spidey has no idea what heís talking about, and the fight begins.  Scorpion manages to shoot some sort of goo from his wrists at some police officers, who return fire.  But their bullets do no good.  Scorpion starts rambling more saying that some guy told him: ďWho are you masked mystery man?  Unveil yourself to the crowd.Ē  Spidey starts punching away at Scorpionís head until his mask falls apart revealing the face of Peter Parker!  Spidey is stunned.  Skip to MJ returning home and telling her mom what happened at the mall, and how she ran straight home.  Her mom worries, but then MJ goes to her room and begins to write in her diary.  Someone else is in the room however, and covers MJís mouth.  Moments later, MJís mom enters the room and finds it empty.  Mary Jane has been kidnaped.   

Likes:
Okay, so Peter and Kittyís relationship is starting to get a little rocky.  This could be the beginning to an interesting love triangle since MJ is starting to be all friendly with Peter again. The art looks great, with lots of detail throughout.  Ultimate Scorpion looks awesome, although I canít say that I was surprised at his identity considering the title of the story.  The fight scene seemed a little long, but I suppose it should be since Spidey was basically fighting a copy of himself.  

Dislikes:
Mary Janeís sudden mood swing to Ďbest friendí again, without explanation, is a little annoying.  Although, I do recall, several issues back, MJ seemed very determined to get Peter back.  Maybe this is that determination finally showing up.  Not much more to dislike about this issue than that. 

Favorite Quote:
Aunt May: Who were you talking to?

Peter: The sheriff of Crazy Town.

Aunt May: Oh!  You and MJ got back together?

Peter: No.  Thereís a new sheriff in town. 

Rating:
4.5 out of 5 webs.  This issue was a great start to the Clone Saga Arc.  Complete with two cliffhangers, I have to say that Iím doubly looking forward to next issue.  Hereís hoping that the rest of the Ultimate Clone Saga is just as enjoyable.                                                                                                                                        

Reviewed By: Michael Heitkemper


Ultimate Spider-Man #96
Title: Morbius: Part 2
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler: Mark Bagley
Inker: John Dell &

Plot:
This issue starts out with Ben Urich recalling that he had been bitten by a vampire.  Heís laying on the floor, apparently paralyzed, watching as Spider-Man, Morbius, a talking wolf, and vampire Jennifer Grunwald battle.  Morbius keeps insisting that Spidey is only getting in the way, but Spidey just canít see how anyone in the room is a good guy.  This battle ends with Morbius running a stake through Jenniferís heart, the wolf retreating into a swarm of bats, and Spider-Man swinging away with Ben Urich.  Spidey takes Ben to the hospital where he gets a lot of hate from the doctors and guards on hand.  Spidey leaves after the doctor insists that heís upsetting everyone.  He leaves Ben behind.  Later, Ben is alone in a hospital room strapped to the bed.  The doctors donít know what to think about his condition.  Ben keeps saying that heís hungry.  Morbius comes out of the shadows and approaches Ben saying that itís almost over.  Spider-Man then drops from the ceiling where he was hiding and kicks Morbius.  The fighting doesnít last long as Morbius explains that he is trying to save Ben.  Morbius says that he refuses to give into the curse of being a vampire.  Spidey doesnít believe him and tries to stop Morbius from getting near Ben, but Morbius throws Spidey out of the room. 
    In the hallway, Spidey is met by three other vampires who attack him and succeed in biting his neck.  The vampire that bites Spidey turns away and spits out the blood saying that it is tainted.  Morbius then attacks and slays the vampires.  Spidey flips out thinking that heís going to die, but Morbius , removing Spideyís mask, and reassures him that heíll be fine because his blood is diseased.  Morbius then shows that he has saved Ben who is now resting peacefully.  Morbius then disappears, and Spider-Man leaves just as Ben wakes up.  We next find Peter, looking very unwell, and sporting a turtleneck in class about to dissect a frog.  Mary Jane approaches him with a joke, but Peter doesnít feel like a joke.  He then shows her the bite on his neck.  Peter goes on about how heís too young to be doing and seeing these things.  MJ comforts Peter with a hug.     

Likes:
The art has definitely improved from last issue.  And even though the story did not wrap up completely in my eyes, I still found it as a very enjoyable read.  

Dislikes:
Okay, so Blade really didnít play a big part in this story at all?  He wasnít even seen in this issue.  Also, who was the talking wolf?  Was he just a leader of vampires?  And what was up with Mary Jane?  Last issue she practically hated Peter and wanted nothing to do with him.  Now sheís all wanting to sit with him, joke with him, and hug him?  (Insert moody female joke here)  Thereís a lot of unanswered questions here.  Morbius is really a cool character, and I wish that they would have taken at least three issues to tell his story instead of cramming it into two. 

Favorite Quote:
Spider-Man: And I was just starting to doubt my plan of hiding on the ceiling to keep an eye on my friend!  For once my stupid was smart. 

Rating:
Another 3 out 5 webs.  Great story, great art, but I just feel like it was crammed together too much.  I wouldnít have minded picking up another issue of this story just to feel some closure.

Reviewed By: Michael Heitkemper


Ultimate Spider-Man #95
Title: Morbius: Part 1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler: Mark Bagley
Inker: John Dell & Jimmy Palmiotti 

Plot:

Months ago: Spider-Man swings through the city when he notices one man running from another with a gun.  Spidey investigates to find that the first man is a vampire, and the man chasing is Blade.  Spidey gets the situation wrong, and Blade gets mad at him.  Blade then kills the vampire and runs away.  Today: At the Bugle, Peter talks on the phone with Kitty about how the Spider-Man/Kitty romance is all over the internet.  Kitty is grounded at the X-mansion until the whole thing with Krakoa island dies down.  Peter gets off the phone when he over hears Ben Urich trying to pitch a story about Vampires to Jonah.  The story is decided to be too flimsy, but Peter asks to read it anyway.  Basically, some librarian named Jennifer Grunwald claims to have been hypnotized, and then bit by a vampire.  The next day after school, Peter tries to talk to Mary Jane, but MJ holds up a newspaper of the Spider-Man/Kitty thing.  MJ canít understand why Peter had to break up with her so bad because she was unsafe, but two weeks later heís dating ďgangly-girlĒas she says.  Peter tries to explain, and tells MJ that she is still his best friend, but MJ says that he is not hers.  Peter even insists that MJ find someone else, but she only gets mad and walks away.  Later, we find Ben Urich visiting the Jennifer lady to get more information.  The door opens, and reveals Jennifer to be a vampire.  Jennifer bites Ben.  The next day, police officers are at the Bugle looking for Ben because he has gone missing.  Peter immediately assumes the worst: vampires.  Spidey swings over to Jenniferís apartment where a wolf (that can talk), bursts out of a window being chased by bats.  The wolf jumps back in through the window.  Spidey jumps in the window to find Jennifer, Ben, the wolf, and Morbius.  Then Morbius says, ďYou cannot win this fight.Ē 

Likes:

The Vampire story is off to a great start.  Weíve got the introduction of both Blade and Morbius, and they both appear very mysterious.  And whoís the talking wolf?  Thereís a lot to look forward to, not to mention Ben Urich turning into a vampire.  The storyís off to a good start, and  flowed very well. 

Dislikes:

The confrontation between Peter and Mary Jane was good, but I imagined that Peter would have more feelings for MJ than what he expressed.  I mean, the two have been through a lot together, so Peterís suggestions for MJ to find someone else seemed a little far from his character.  Also, sadly the art seems to be coming in a little shy.  When I first saw the art in this issue, I had to double check the credits to make sure it was Bagley.  The darker pages, and the fight panels seemed fine, but particularly Peterís face looked awful in this issue.  One other thing, not exactly a dislike, but the fight with Blade was basically a copy of what happened in Ultimate Spider-Man Super Special #1.  As I understand that issue is not supposed to be in continuity with this book, so maybe only that one part is.  Which brings up the whole problem with the Ultimate Universe, you never know what is canon, and what isnít.  Itís just a little aggravating when you try to piece together a story. 

Favorite Quote:

Spider-Man:  So here we go again with that whole ďwith great power must also come some idiot shooting at my head.Ē 

Rating:

3 out 5 webs.  The story is looking really good right now, but everything has to wrap up in the next issue.  Canít believe Iím saying this about Ultimate, but I wish the story was going to be longer.  Hope to see that the art improves next issue.   

Reviewed By: Michael Heitkemper


Ultimate Spider-Man #94
Title: Deadpool Part 4
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler: Mark Bagley
Inker: John Dell w/ Mark McKenna 

Plot:
Picking up from last issue, the X-Men appear fooled by Deadpool acting as Professor Xavier.  However Spider-Manís spider sense alerts him, and the fight picks up again.  Elsewhere on the island, we find Professor Xavier being held captive by Mojo.  Mojo is forcing Xavier to watch as his students as they are hunted, as punishment for his crimes against humanity.  Meanwhile the fight continues; and when Spidey gets hit, Kitty gets mad.  Kitty uses her phasing ability to phase through the Reavers and mess up their circuits.  After recovering, Spidey once again unmasks Deadpool to find a gruesome, brain exposed skull.  Deadpool then seemingly self destructs, but Spidey is spared by Kittyís phasing ability.  Then, with the return of Cyclops, the X-Men and Spider-man move forward to the studio.  Jean Grey takes care of Augustus Beezer, and apparently helps free Xavier from a distance.  After closing his mind to Jean, Xavier then takes care of Mojo.  Xavier thanks Spider-Man for his help, and as they fly home, we see a burnt Deadpool watching from a hill top.  Peter has decided that he has to tell his Aunt May that heís Spider-Man, so Kitty decides to help by being with him when he does it.  But, when Peter and Kitty get inside the home, they find it empty.  Aunt May has left a message on the answering machine; sheís staying the night with a friend, Dr. Miles Warren. Peter just dodged a bullet. 

Likes:
This was an excellent ending to the Deadpool story arc, and a great lead into the next story: Morbius.  Iím really enjoying Peterís relationship with Kitty Pryde.  Through this story arc, theyíve both showed that they will stand up for each other.  I keep telling myself that Iím sure it wonít last, but who knows, maybe in this Ultimate Universe, Spidey isnít meant to be with MJ.  Also, instead of Aunt May dating Doc Ock, sheís hooking up with Miles Warren!  

Dislikes:
Not much... the story was very vague about what happened to Cyclops and how he returned so easily after appearing to be at Deadpoolís mercy.  Also, I know that I saw Ice Man in the helicopter in Issue 92, and we didnít see him anymore after that.  I just wonder if Bendis and Bagley forgot that Ice Man was there. 

Favorite (creepy) Quote:

Kitty: Wow.  Your aunt got her groove going. 

Rating: 4 out of 5 webs.  The art was amazing, the story came to a good close, and the cliffhanger was... well lets just not put too much thought into that.  Minus one web for the uncertainty of Cyclops and Ice man.

Reviewed By: Michael Heitkemper


Ultimate Spider-Man #93
Title: Deadpool Part 3
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler: Mark Bagley
Inker: Danny Miki

Plot:

This issue begins with the battle between Spider-man and the X-Men against Deadpool, and his Reavers.  Meanwhile, a man named Augustus Beezer hosts the fight as it airs over television.  Beezer explains that the X-Men have been brought back to Krakoa Island for their crimes against humanity.  We get a little background on Deadpoolís Reavers through file footage.  Turns out they willingly made advancements to their bodies for the simple purpose of killing mutants.  As Deadpoolís file footage continues to speak about how much he hates mutants, the big fight goes on.  The cameras manage to zoom in on Spidey and Kitty having an argument.  Apparently, Spider-Man has made a comment about not being a mutant, and Kitty took offence to it.  The fight with the Reavers picks up again, and then Spidey lets loose on Deadpool.  With Deadpool pinned on the ground, Spidey pulls off his mask to reveal Professor Xavier of the X-Men. 

Likes:

Again, this issue like last, has a very little to desire, but it is slightly better than last.  Spidey and Kitty are seemingly having their first argument, and if sheís taking his comment in a racial way, it isnít going to be good for Spidey.  The fight scenes do not seem over done, but under done at this point: The fate of Cyclops and Angel is still unsure, but will probably be explained in next issue.  The cliffhanger was descent, but I believe it is a little obvious what the outcome will be. 

Dislikes:

The setup of the on-screen panels was quite annoying.  Iíd have rather seen speech bubbles all over the page, than a black box with colored text that signifies whoís speaking.  Following the colors and trying to find out who said what was annoying. 

Favorite Quote:

Spider-man: Pleas, guys... help us.  We were kidnaped.

Kitty Pryde: Youíre just giving them what they want.

Spider-man: They want me to cry? 

Rating: 3 out of 5 webs.  The Deadpool arc has not been a bad story, by all means itís a great setup, but Iím finding it to be poorly written in this issue.  Hopefully next issue will make me wish I had given this one a better score.  Also, I think I remember seeing Ice Man in the helicopter in Issue 92... Wonder what happened to him?

Reviewed By: Michael Heitkemper


Ultimate Spider-Man #92
Title: Deadpool Part 2
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler: Mark Bagley
Inker: John Dell 

Plot:

We start out from Spider-Manís point of view.  He is just now opening his eyes to see all of the X-Men shackled and unconscious around him.  One of Deadpoolís men notices that Spidey is awake and zaps him back out.  Later, Spidey is waking up again, this time to Deadpool and his men throwing him and the X-Men all out of a helicopter toward and island.  Spider-Man manages to make a net out of webbing for him to land in, but loses one of his boots in the bounce.  Spidey meets up with the X-Men, one by one, each time having to fight of groups of cyborgs.  The X-men give us a little background about what happened; each of them were attacked by another X-Men, which leads them to believe that there is a shape shifter behind everything.  The X-Men then tell us that they have been on this island before, itís name is Krakoa.  Itís a prison for mutants, where not only are they kept, but they are hunted as sport, and the whole thing is broadcasted on TV.  Then, out of the bushes comes Deadpool and his cyborgs ready to attack. 

Likes:

Not much.  But if I had to pick something, I would have to say that the fight panels were well scripted and drawn.  Other than that, this issue really loses me. 

Dislikes:

This whole issue seemed very unnecessary.  Sure it keeps us from assuming that all of the X-Men were attacked by a shape shifter, but that was pretty much implied in last issue.  This entire issue was dedicated to bringing the group back together.  I just feel like the reunion could have been done in half the pages if there wasnít so much unneeded gibberish between the characters.           

Favorite Quote:

Spider-Man: Get off of me!

Colossus: You donít recognize me?

Spider-Man: Aunt May?

Rating: 2 out of 5 webs.  I was really disappointed with this story.  The way that the back story was explained just took way too long.  This issue really could have been more. 

Reviewed By: Michael Heitkemper

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