My comics reading as of late has consisted of me going to my shelf and cherry-picking a collected edition to take with me to work at night, while doing my best to ignore the growing pile of single issues that are creeping up on me like Freddy Kruger in an especially oppressive nightmare.
I've been on a little bit of a superhero kick lately since I've finished reading the last Walking Dead trade, (Irredeemable anybody?) and since I had a few hardcovers come in since I read Ultimate Doomsday, I decided to catch up in the Ultimate U.
Enough negativity, on to the good…
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #155
Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Chris Samnee
And none have had a bigger mark than Brian Bendis. There has been one constant in this universe, and its his Ultimate Spidey run. In addition to some really fun miniseries he's done in the universe (Ultimate Orgins, Ultimate Six, the aforementioned Doomsday), he has contributed to Ultimate X-Men and Ultimate FF, and in a sense been the main architect of this universe, with his Ultimate Spidey work in my mind being the glue that holds the world together (even after Magneto ripped it apart).
Anyways, I read the entire collection called Death of Spider-Man Prelude that includes issue #150 (which by the way has one of the funniest story twists yet of having Tony Stark of the Ultimates do "after school superhero training" with Peter - hilarious). However, I wanted to highlight one issue of the collection, which is #155, which has the distinction of being a "epilogue of sorts" issue that bookends the the story preceding it (and also is the only issue that is handled by a single artist, Chris Samnee).
The conversation with Jonah was pitch perfect, and Peter's reconciliation with MJ at the end was heartfelt and culminated in a sense of hope that carried the book to new heights in my mind.
Everything for once is looking up for 'ol Petey…
I guess thats why they're killing him in the next arc. Bummer.
*Note: I realize that most of (if not all) of the Death of Spidey has already been released in singles - since I'm a trade-waiter, please don't spoil me with any details you single-issue in the know folks!