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.
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?
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.