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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #18 - United We Stand; Part 4; Prologue Review

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Miles is lost and wants to make it back to his family, but getting home is only half the problem.

The Good

Miles is stuck in Wisconsin, and ends up in the fight for his life against a giant woman on the side of Hydra. Back in Brooklyn, Jefferson deals with the fact he has to do some pretty awful things in order to get away from Hydra, all while worrying about where his son has been the past day.

Back in Wisconsin, we are treated to a pretty cool fight between Miles and the giant woman. It's a back and forth battle of cat and mouse, and a fight that will suck the reader into thinking that there's no way out. While it's not a story changing battle by any means, it's a fun one, and it truly establishes Miles coming into his own as a hero, and one that doesn't need help from his other super buddies in order to get the job done. Sure, he may be only 13 years old, but he's coming into his own more and more every issue.

The most intriguing part of this issue is Jefferson dealing with Hydra agents. He recounts this event with his wife, and it's a pretty heart-wrenching stuff, which writer Brian Michael Bendis is known for on this book. This family has dealt with a lot of tough times in this book, especially with Jefferson's brother, who turned out to the The Prowler. It's a close family, and they're wearing their emotions on their sleeves in this issue.

I've been a fan of artist David Marquez for quite some time, and as always, I really enjoyed his work on this issue, especially during the scene where Jefferson tells his wife about being held hostage. As this chaotic story progresses, and emotions rise, the panels borders becomes shaky and not clean, adding a bit more to the scene. This is a great artistic choice for this scene, and adds a lot to the already great art coming from Marquez.

I am very excited to see the friendship/relationship develop between Miles and Jessica Drew. She's been a bit of a mentor or instructor for Miles and an incredibly mean and strict one at that. Jessica opens up emotionally here, and I'm very excited to see how this relationship blossoms.

The Bad

Not too much going on in this issue. With the focus mainly on Miles' parents, mainly father, we're left with a quick story of Miles fighting something larger than life, then making his way home. It's pretty cut and dry and leaves the reader feeling a bit unsatisfied with the issue.

The Verdict

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #18 does a great job at developing all of its characters a little bit further and makes them feel real. This is one of my favorite Marvel books currently, and while I had some problems with the side of the issue featuring Miles because it left me a tad disappointing, everything else about this issue was an A+.

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN 18 gets 4 lost Miles out of 5
18 Comments
Posted by Cafeterialoca

This issue confused me cause the giant girl looked exactly like Ultimate Cassie Lang.

Posted by inferiorego

@Cafeterialoca said:

This issue confused me cause the giant girl looked exactly like Ultimate Cassie Lang.

Thank you!

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Posted by Cafeterialoca

@inferiorego said:

@Cafeterialoca said:

This issue confused me cause the giant girl looked exactly like Ultimate Cassie Lang.

Thank you!

I know! I was expecting a throw away line like "Oh, she's under mind control" or "Oh, she's rehabilitating in the hospital", but it never came! So do we have a giant blonde teenage who's a bad guy in some books and a good guy in others?!

BAFFLING!

Posted by Twentyfive

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 18 gets 4 lost miles out of 5.

Awesome!

Also, this ish was ay-okay too.

Posted by bookerman20

Agree with the rating 100%

Posted by ivolution2k1

i thought he was only 13

Posted by inferiorego

@ivolution2k1 said:

i thought he was only 13

I believe so. When I say "relationship," when referring to Jessica Drew, I do not mean romantic.

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Posted by Rixec

Miles is 13, not 16. You are undermining his awesomeness!

Posted by inferiorego

@Rixec said:

Miles is 13, not 16. You are undermining his awesomeness!

mistake corrected!

I will never again undermine his awesomeness

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Posted by EgieAsemota

awesome review. i just recently joined this site because of this straight, informative and unbiased review. i really like this comic and it's the reason why i started reading comics again. keep up the awesome job man. i can't to see your opinion on the next issue that introduces venom.

Posted by HollowPrince665

This was my favorite issue thus far. It really does kind of show who Miles will be as Spider-man. I am looking forward to reading what Jessica knows about Miles and why she was so harsh towards him. I love this series and hope that now that the United We Stand event is over, that we get to see more character development and really get to see Miles develop as a boy into a man.

Posted by insheepsclothes

nice review! agree w/ the Cassie thing too. what just confused me was how Miles woke up after the battle & there was no one around or any sign that a battle even took place there....what happened? i thought he was unconscious & 'dreaming' at 1st but then they kept going like nothing happened...did he get knocked out during the battle after he saved cap's butt and then every1 else just left him and the giant hydra girl there w/o saying a word?? plot hole or further explaining.....i just don't get it....if anyone has a theory or explanation, that would be greatly appreciated, thx!

Posted by Owie

I thought it was OK, better than last issue.  But I think this whole civil war tie-in business has really taken the focus off Miles' character.  I'm getting a little less in love with this book than I was, say, 8 issues ago.

Posted by Cafeterialoca

@insheepsclothes: I was told from someone at Marvel that it wasn't Cassie Lang, just someone who looked EXACTLY like her.

Posted by Deranged Midget

Am I the only one who prefers David Marquez's art of Pichelli's? I mean, she is a brilliant artist and I adore her work, especially on Spider-Men, but Marquez has been killing it.

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Posted by MrArrogant

@Cafeterialoca said:

@inferiorego said:

@Cafeterialoca said:

This issue confused me cause the giant girl looked exactly like Ultimate Cassie Lang.

Thank you!

I know! I was expecting a throw away line like "Oh, she's under mind control" or "Oh, she's rehabilitating in the hospital", but it never came! So do we have a giant blonde teenage who's a bad guy in some books and a good guy in others?!

BAFFLING!

I haven't read the issue yet (had to catch up on last months ish first) but in the ultimates I believe Modi had Cassie Lang under mind control, so that's probably the explanation.

Posted by Cafeterialoca

@MrArrogant said:

@Cafeterialoca said:

@inferiorego said:

@Cafeterialoca said:

This issue confused me cause the giant girl looked exactly like Ultimate Cassie Lang.

Thank you!

I know! I was expecting a throw away line like "Oh, she's under mind control" or "Oh, she's rehabilitating in the hospital", but it never came! So do we have a giant blonde teenage who's a bad guy in some books and a good guy in others?!

BAFFLING!

I haven't read the issue yet (had to catch up on last months ish first) but in the ultimates I believe Modi had Cassie Lang under mind control, so that's probably the explanation.

But that was a brief moment. She caught the helicarrier and she was out of mind control. In this, Miles knocks the giant out. So it can't be her.

Posted by XxHeavyRainxX

I guess I'm alone in this, but this United We Stand tie in took so much out of this series for me. The issues themselves were ok to good, but it just seemed like #17 popped in and interrupted so much personal evolution in Miles life. Like the whole issue of him being his Uncle's killer (supposedly) and its effects on Miles. *shrug* I still love the comic, but since United We Stand and..maybe less so...since Divided We Fall, that personal-life aspect has really been missing from these books. :/