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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #200 Review

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Friends and family of Peter Parker remember his life.

The Good

What ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #200 does extremely well is give a full-fledged remembrance of Peter Parker through the eyes of people within his life. A good chunk of this issue lets a few characters at Parker's remembrance tell the rest of the cast how they felt about him, each with two page spreads drawn by David Lafuente, Sara Pichelli, Mark Brooks, and Mark Bagley & Andrew Hennessy. Each spread has its own distinct style and while the overall issue is a bit of a tear-jerker, these scenes will really put a smile on the faces of Ultimate Spider-Man fans.

Another thing that really stands out about this issue is that it's the Ultimate universe trying its best to go back to normal in the wake of a horrible disaster, i.e. Cataclysm. It's great to see characters put aside everything to come together for a greater purpose, to remember someone who gave his life to the greater good. It's great to see this bridge piece between Cataclysm and the upcoming MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN books, and it ends up being an extremely emotional read.

Fans of the Miles Morales run of Ult SM will be super-stoked to see a possible love interest in the future for Ganke. One thing that Brian Michael Bendis has done extremely well is establish Ganke as Miles' friend and really worked on developing that character throughout the series, so when readers get a small moment like this, they're really rooting for him to get the girl.

David Marquez's art, with Justin Ponsor on colors, is a home run. Both of these guys use their art to really drive the emotion of this story home. Every page and every panel really grabs the reader and doesn't let go. Marquez's art is nothing short of brilliant on this issue.

The Bad

So the issue was good, but it wasn't great. The main problem with the issue is deciding why the issue existed other than giving readers a standalone 200th issue of the series. It doesn't really do much for the story or its characters and aside from a possible relationship between Ganke, there's not much furthering of any characters. Understandably, it technically doesn't have to do any of that, but it leaves the reader wanting just a bit more.

The Verdict

Everything about ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #200 is set to invoke an emotional response from the reader, and it really works, as long as that reader has been following this book for at least a few years. This issue is really for the fans, which can leave casual readers blowing out in the wind. It's a great issue, but not one that is groundbreaking because the focus is so heavily on this one small moment. It's a well done issue that fans will no doubt enjoy.

23 Comments
Edited by Captain13

The kiss was weird, and it doesn't make sense for it to go anywhere.

Edited by ftw201

Still was upset by the hype of "surprise ending that will leave everyone talking." Could have used one extra page. It was just a cliff hanger to get parker fans to buy into the upcoming miles morales series. Still an enjoyable read though.

Posted by Master_Thief

@ftw201: what was the cliffhanger???

Posted by GrenadeFlow

The kiss was weird, and it doesn't make sense for it to go anywhere.

Yeah that came out of nowhere

I liked the Marquez pages the most then that Mark Brooks page

Edited by ftw201

@master_thief: [IMG]http://www.comicvine.com/api/image/scale_super/3736722-ultimate+spider-man+200-023.jpg [/IMG]

*spoiler*

Posted by micah

loved every page

Posted by Nikonator
Edited by averywetfrog

loved it. im wondering was jjj invited to the party or was he just watching? probably the latter. that was my favorite part

Posted by Captain13

@ftw201 said:

@master_thief: [IMG]http://www.comicvine.com/api/image/scale_super/3736722-ultimate+spider-man+200-023.jpg [/IMG]

*spoiler*

I thought that was MJ's new beau.

Posted by Nikonator

I hope its actually Peter

Posted by Transformers1024

So Peter didn't come back?

Posted by Master_Thief

@transformers1024: [IMG]http://www.comicvine.com/api/image/scale_super/3736722-ultimate+spider-man+200-023.jpg [/IMG]*spoiler*

I smell a clone tho

Posted by sparty-dbq

Isn't Dazzler dead in the Ultimate U? I noticed her name as the realtor selling Peter's house.

Edited by Noteworthington

I cried.

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

I teared up while reading this issue. It was beautiful. I loved it. It was just amazing and emotional in every way.

But I also had a lot of high expectations for this issue.

We didn't get the return of Norman.

We find out that Ultimate Scarlet Iron Spider is NOT clone Peter but just a future fantasy of MJ's.

I guess I can find solace in that the end panel was a clone of Peter but still. I hope BMB gives me what I want. Keep clone Peter alive. Don't just make this a NEW clone. Make it Scorpion Peter who escaped SHIELD. Make HIM a hero. Make HIM the Ultimate Iron Scarlet Spider. I need this. WE, as fans, NEED THIS. Except Matt since he hates Peter Parker. And Superheroes.

Despite my beef, I can't help but say I loved this issue. It doesnt make sense but love doesn't have to make sense, man. Ultimate Peter Parker is the best thing in comics history.

Edited by tximinoman

GO GANKE! Seriously, some of you are complaining about that? That was the best part!

For me this is a 5/5, no questions about it.

Posted by CommanderShiro

Loved this issue.

Posted by Black_Arrow

The image at the end doesn't look like peter more like Kate bishop.

Edited by Jphu8414

Pretty good issue, I wish we could have seen more of what's to come though

Guess I'll just have to wait for Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #1 to come out

Posted by blur1528

@sparty_dbq: Sadly, yes. I really enjoyed the punk Dazzler.