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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #28 - Spider-Man No More, Part 6; Conclusion Review

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Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Cloak, Dagger, and Bombshell take on Roxxon in this epic conclusion.

The Good

It's the final confrontation as Spider-Man and his amazing friends (Spider-Woman, Cloak, Dagger, and Bombshell) face Roxxon and his crew.

This is by far some of the best art in any book this month. Artist David Marquez and colorist Justin Ponsor hit a home run on this issue. Each panel of this issue is a work of art. Pages four and five here are fantastic as Roxxon confronts Miles and tries to get under his skin by bringing up Miles' deceased mother. They layout for the two pages is fantastic. The panels are laid out diagonal, across the page, and it makes the scene feel a bit harsh. The final panel's color work, on Miles is outstanding. Ponsor does some amazing things with shading on Spidey's face. It really emphasizes the reflectiveness of his costume.

Marquez continues to impress throughout, especially during the brief fight scene. He's fantastic at showing motion and making these scenes look natural, even though it's a bunch of super-powered beings going at it.

I've never been a huge fan of 616 Cloak, but writer Brian Michael Bendis makes the Ultimate version pretty dang cool. He's got a bit of a teenage attitude on him, and I like it. Towards the end of the issue, Cloak takes on Sterns in a quick but really cool battle. I love what this creative team is doing with Cloak, especially the way he's drawn, with the black smoke coming off of him.

The Bad

After Spider-Man catches Roxxon, upside-down, he delivers this very "Bond villain" monologue. He lays everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, out on the table that is a bit over-dramatic and a tad cheesy. It does lead to something extremely interesting, like Miles starting to question who his father actually is/was. Three pages, fourteen panels, are dedicated to this scene.

The final fight between Spider-Man (and his Amazing friends) and Roxxon's scientists has to be the quickest and biggest let down, as far as fights go, for this series. This book has really been known for some fantastic fights, and here, it's over and done within three pages.

Everything about the issue feels a bit rushed. This issue really would have been fantastic if it was a double -sized issue or even if they pushed it into a 29th book. The ending zips by and the prologue to the story flies by us.

This book is still a year ahead of the other Ultimate books. Is this ever going to be resolved?

The Verdict

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #28 isn't a bad issue. It also isn't one of my favorites. The issue ties up a bit too quickly and really feels rushed. The final fight is over way too quickly as well. However, the art on this issue is not only my favorite art to come out of Marquez and Ponsor, but it's some of my favorite art this month. Overall, it's an alright read, and if you've been reading this series, you may as well finish it up here. I give this issue a mild recommendation.

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Posted by Captain13

Great issue, but I get the complaints.

Miles Morales IS Spider-Man.

Edited by Ando123

I think the cataclysm event is gonna solve the problem with the one year gap. Great comic btw

Posted by inferiorego

Miles Morales IS Spider-Man.

Agreed. I love me some Miles.

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Posted by danhimself

like I said here....there's no possible way that Cataclysm is ending the Ultimate Universe or that Miles is permanently getting moved to the 616...not with all of the plot points that Bendis introduced here that can only be resolved in the 1610 Universe

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Edited by GrenadeFlow

Yeah I gotta agree with the review, everything went by too quick. It didn't help that the previous issues were great. I was expecting to see kate or gwen in this issue and maybe a galactus teaser like in the ultimates

Posted by GeekBait

Pretty good issue. Like you said, it's not my favorite but it was a fun read as usual. Definitely agree it felt kind of rushed but at least Spidey's back!

Posted by thenexusrebound

Miles Morales IS Spider-Man.

Could not agree more.

Posted by MixMastaMicah5

Man I really dug this issue to be honest. The quick fight scene was totally funny and I mean they were fighting a science squad...not sure they're to be very formidable haha

Edited by HalfGorillaMan

In my mind the other books aren't even a year behind. Ultimate spider-man is super decompressed whereas the other books have been progressing time-wise like crazy. I actually think all Bendis books need a time-jump to keep up with marvel continuity, regardless of the double-shipping.

Posted by nappystr8

While I really enjoyed this issue, and thought the plot points Bendis hit were great, I too felt it was way too rushed. This was probably initially supposed to be a whole story arc, or at least it should have been, instead it was all crammed into one issue to make room for the next big event.

It will be interesting to see whether the book comes back after the three month hiatus during Cataclysm. Also, it will be interesting to see if the Cataclysm issues of Ultimate Spider-Man will read cohesively without reading any of the other books. If it ties in too heavily then I'm skipping those issues.

Edited by akbogert

I really want to be reading this because I love Cloak & Dagger and wouldn't mind having some Spider-Man action in my life (and SpOck's not fitting the bill for me). But I'd hate to let myself invest (emotionally, nevermind monetarily) in this book just to have it torn apart in the next couple months.

Any thoughts from folks on how worried I ought to be, not just for Miles, but for this supporting cast that has been developing since the summer?

Posted by XxHeavyRainxX

@akbogert Not sure specifically what you're asking about, but this book's been very consistent overall, as far as I'm concerned. The only issue I had was when they did the crossover with the other Ultimate Books during "United We Stand." I heard the event was good, but I don't read the other books right now and it caused Miles to be drawn away from a lot of great story threads that were going along well without a needed break. Anyway the book is back on track from that.

Posted by akbogert

@xxheavyrainxx: Well, what with Hunger, and Cataclysm, and the seeming endangerment of the Ultimate universe in general, it seems like things are going to change very drastically for whatever's left of the Ultimate universe come next year. I'd just hate to jump on the bandwagon now, get all attached to these characters, and then have something horrible happen to them right when I've come to care. I'm wondering how safe folks feel this particular cast is.

Posted by danhimself

@akbogert: I wouldn't worry about it to much....even if something does happen to UU (which I don't think it will) I'm going to assume that Miles will make it out safely...Bendis has been writing Ultimate Spider-man for 13 years now and I don't think that he's going to stop any time soon

if something does happen to the rest of the UU then I think that Miles will be getting moved to the 616 universe

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Posted by frozenedge

I liked this issue though I did wish the fight against the brain trust was a little longer but since they aren't actual soldiers or anything i guess it's okay they got beat pretty easily. Also glad me and Jessica were thinking along the same lines of the Cloak, Dagger, Miles, Jessica, and Bombshell grouping up and just going around kicking ass together. Anybody think this could be a set-up for the Ult. Universe version of the Young Avengers?

Posted by akbogert

@danhimself: Admittedly, I'm more worried about Tandy & Ty, haha. But it's good to know Miles is seemingly deemed safe.

Edited by danhimself

@akbogert: I can't really say anything about their safety...but I do want to point out that Bendis set up plot points in this issue that can only be addressed in the Ultimate Universe....I really think that the Ultimate Universe will continue past Cataclysm

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Posted by Owie

I had no idea before getting to the letters page that this was the last issue. I don't follow anything else in the Ultimate U. But I am pretty disappointed. It was a solid book. Not quite as good in the second year as it was in the first, but still, it was good. I do agree with the rushed fight scenes. Now I have to decide whether to look at any of the follow-up stuff they're doing with Miles in Cataclysm and whatnot. Again, I don't really care about the rest of that universe, so I don't have a big urge to do so. I like Miles, but his previous tie-ins with the war were let downs. I may just let this be the last of Miles for me.

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@owie said:

I had no idea before getting to the letters page that this was the last issue. I don't follow anything else in the Ultimate U. But I am pretty disappointed. It was a solid book. Not quite as good in the second year as it was in the first, but still, it was good. I do agree with the rushed fight scenes. Now I have to decide whether to look at any of the follow-up stuff they're doing with Miles in Cataclysm and whatnot. Again, I don't really care about the rest of that universe, so I don't have a big urge to do so. I like Miles, but his previous tie-ins with the war were let downs. I may just let this be the last of Miles for me.

From the solicits it seems like Miles is the central character in the event. He's the only character on the covers for cataclysm 3 and 4, so I think you should check it out

Starting next month Miles double ships!

Edited by HalfGorillaMan

Just read it... I actually think Ultimate Marvel is ending BECAUSE of this issue! Bendis just threw out so much stuff, it was so rushed like he was getting out everything he wanted to do with this book. Cataclysm, I think he'll get some father-closure, as well as being in his new powerful team. I don't think this is the end of Miles... But why would Bendis rush so many big things if it wasn't the end of his world?

Posted by Captain13

Just read it... I actually think Ultimate Marvel is ending BECAUSE of this issue! Bendis just threw out so much stuff, it was so rushed like he was getting out everything he wanted to do with this book. Cataclysm, I think he'll get some father-closure, as well as being in his new powerful team. I don't think this is the end of Miles... But why would Bendis rush so many big things if it wasn't the end of his world?

A relaunch of all the ultimate titles maybe?

Posted by Captain13

@owie said:

I had no idea before getting to the letters page that this was the last issue. I don't follow anything else in the Ultimate U. But I am pretty disappointed. It was a solid book. Not quite as good in the second year as it was in the first, but still, it was good. I do agree with the rushed fight scenes. Now I have to decide whether to look at any of the follow-up stuff they're doing with Miles in Cataclysm and whatnot. Again, I don't really care about the rest of that universe, so I don't have a big urge to do so. I like Miles, but his previous tie-ins with the war were let downs. I may just let this be the last of Miles for me.

From the solicits it seems like Miles is the central character in the event. He's the only character on the covers for cataclysm 3 and 4, so I think you should check it out

Starting next month Miles double ships!

Yeah, I think the Ultimate titles are just being relaunched Marvel Now Style.

Posted by Ando123
Posted by tximinoman

Wait... this was the LAST issue????

what the.. WHY???