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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #16 - United We Stand; Part 2 Review

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Miles wants to join the Ultimates but does he have what it takes?

The Good

The action really picks up here, in issue 16, as Captain America and Miles Morales take on Hydra. That's right! We finally get to see the Ultimate version of Hydra here, and they're a bit more collected and tougher than their 616 counter-parts. In this universe, they're a bit more of a heavily armed militia that has the capabilities to take down the government. It works extremely well with this story line.

This issue is a great highlight of how awesome Spider-Man and Captain America are in battle. Spider-Man wants to prove he can pull his weight and become a member of the Ultimates, but Captain America doesn't think he's ready. This is where we get treated to a action-dedicated issue showcasing Miles truly becoming Spider-Man in a "oh crap" situation. He really proves he has what it takes to stand with the rest of this team.

I loved the design for the new Hydra. It's a great mix of the classic Hydra look and clothing thugs would actually wear. They took the classic and made it contemporary. I was very impressed with the design for the leader of this Hydra division as well. He looked very cool. They seemed to mix in a bit of the movie version of Hydra into his design.

Great ending here as Miles gets what he deserves. Sure, he may be young, but he really proves he's one of the good guys here, and he gets the rock star treatment at the end which probably made his fanboy sense tingle.

The Bad

Where's David Marquez? This issue takes a small dip in art quality as Pepe Larraz takes over on pencils. His work is good, but he draws Captain America is a bit too bulky. Sometimes, Cap lost his neck, and other times, Cap's neck was actually thicker than his head. It was a tad weird to look at.

The Verdict

ULTIMATE COMICS: SPIDER-MAN continues to impress! This was a super fun issue filled to the brim with top-notch action as Miles tries to prove himself to Captain America. It's a solid issue from start to finish as we get to see Spider-Man take on Hydra! The only downside to this issue I saw was the lack of David Marquez. Pepe Larraz does a decent job, except I really didn't like how he drew Captain America.

Overall, I thought this was a great issue, and I recommend it.

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Posted by Deranged Midget

Ultimate Spider-Man remains to be one of my favourite titles, but this issue seemed to progress very little and just decides to toss in big action scenes, which is fine but the past few issues really connected by playing with emotions and that's where the writing truly shines.

Excellent review.

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Posted by Superdork

@Deranged Midget said:

Ultimate Spider-Man remains to be one of my favourite titles, but this issue seemed to progress very little and just decides to toss in big action scenes, which is fine but the past few issues really connected by playing with emotions and that's where the writing truly shines.

Excellent review.

100% agreed

Posted by HollowPrince665

@Deranged Midget: could not agree more. I wonder where Miles' story will go though.

Posted by kingjoeg

Can't wait for the new venom story in issue 19!

Posted by Om1kron

Taking Sara P away from this title was bad enough, David is closest to her art style and really make this book sing. I hope this book doesn't suffer from the "it's successful enough for us to put a new creative team on the book and hope nobody notices." formula that Marvel is notorious for. The Incredible Hulk is one of my favorite books out there right now and I'm not sure if any artist who's worked on it has made it 4 issues straight.

Posted by sanmono

Actually the first time we saw Ultimate Hydra was in U. Spider-Man: Requiem.

Posted by zombietag

im a little frustrated that they keep switching artists (and i LOVE pichelli!), but i actually thought larraz was pretty quality, except some of his story telling skills are lacking, some action sequences (though aesthetically impressive) were a bit hard to follow

Posted by Deranged Midget

@Om1kron: Pichelli is a magnificent artist, but I actually slightly preferred David' art just a bit more.

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Posted by slvr4surfer

... ;-)

Posted by Owie

@Deranged Midget said:

Ultimate Spider-Man remains to be one of my favourite titles, but this issue seemed to progress very little and just decides to toss in big action scenes, which is fine but the past few issues really connected by playing with emotions and that's where the writing truly shines.

Excellent review.

I agree. I'm hoping it doesn't continue in its current direction.