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Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #27 - Spider-Man No More, Part 5; Hello, Roxxon! Review

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Time to fight Taskmaster! Are these heroes up to the job?

The Good

Recently returning to the spotlight, Miles "Spider-Man" Morales and Spider-Woman take on the mysterious Taskmaster with the help of Cloak, Dagger, and Bombshell. Guess what Bombshell does? She blows things up.

We have a contender for "Fight of the Week" on our hands. This issue literally packs a punch (because punches are thrown on every page) as Taskmaster, who is pretty dang awesome, goes toe-to-toe with not only Miles, but also with Spider-Woman, in one of the cooler fight sequences we've seen in this series in a long time. Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, and Taskmaster take each other on "no holds bars" here and don't pull any punches. However, at no time does this issue feel overly brutal. We just get treated to a very satisfying fight here.

The art, as always on ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN, is top notch because of David Marquez, with Justin Ponsor and Paul Mounts on colors. There's tons of fantastic examples of movement within art here. Marquez nails it with these action sequences and the page layouts. It has a very cinematic feel, and tremendous flow between panels. There's some really cool things done here with colors and light as well, thanks to Ponsor and Mounts. And aside from a few differences in shading on a couple panels, there's a lot of consistency here within the coloring.

Taskmaster was a very cool addition to this issue. The guy has a fantastic costume, but what was really cool about him was his power set. What I loved about this version of the character was that while the 616 version can replicate certain moves a character does or mimic their voice, this version of Taskmaster can actually replicate powers, as long as he's been hit with them. It's a cool cross between Bishop and Rogue. That little tweak made me really interested in this character.

The Bad

The story is ok, but no where near as great as the others we've seen in this series. It's interesting, but just doesn't pack that "punch" that the series normally packs. Because the whole issue is a fight scene, it takes place in one spot, on a roof, so the issue feels like it moves a lot slower than it actually does.

The Verdict

The closer and closer we get to Cataclysm, the more and more I start to believe the entire Ultimate Universe is ending, which makes me a very sad comic book fan, since I love this universe so much more than the 616 Universe. While the story isn't really winning me over, this issue was a ton of fun. It was a great back and forth battle between these characters and the art was just beautiful. Taskmaster is the main selling point here, though. He's just a really awesome character with some very cool powers. This series may be coming to a close (hasn't been announced yet, but it really feels like the Ultimate Universe is completely ending), but it's still a solid book, and I highly recommend picking it up!

16 Comments
Posted by airbound_dude

i really hope the ultimate marvel universe doesn't end with cataclysm. it's about the only good thing on marvel right now.

Posted by HollowPrince65

@airbound_dude: I agree. I love Miles and I'd hate to see him go. I havent read Ultimate X-men, or Ultimates but I hear they are really good as well. I'd be so sad if the entirety of the Ultimate line were to get cancelled.

Posted by GrenadeFlow

I don't think Ultimate Spider-Man will end since its still selling good. It sells more than a lot of 616 titles even avengers books.

I really enjoyed this issues way more than the last issue

Posted by JamDamage

@airbound_dude:

you're on crack. Avengers, New Avengers, Uncanny Avengers are killing it right now. Both of Bendis X-Men titles are awsome as is his Gurardians of the Galaxy run. Hawkeye is fresh and a lot of fun. Lot of good things at Marvel. DC has been a bust since it's revamp with the exception of Batman, but nothing else has been solid month and month out.

Posted by Bloxxeh
Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Nice.

Edited by skyjumpermike

@airbound_dude: I agree. I love Miles and I'd hate to see him go. I havent read Ultimate X-men, or Ultimates but I hear they are really good as well. I'd be so sad if the entirety of the Ultimate line were to get cancelled.

I love this book too, along with Miles. I don't want it to end either, but even if the Ultimate Universe ends I still think they will find room for Miles somewhere in the 616 universe.

Posted by Twentyfive

It will suck to have to see Miles go. That will really sadden me. There is hardly a comic worth reading out there for me, so to lose this, I have no clue what I'd read.

Posted by danhimself

It will suck to have to see Miles go. That will really sadden me. There is hardly a comic worth reading out there for me, so to lose this, I have no clue what I'd read.

TMNT

Saga

The Walking Dead

East of West

Invincible

Lazarus

Edited by 34g3f3ert3t43

@jamdamage:

Aquaman

Wonderwoman

Trinity War

Forever Evil

Green Lantern

Demon Knights (pre-cancellation)

Superman Unchained

I respectfully disagree with your DC opinion.

Posted by airbound_dude

@jamdamage: Marvel lost me since civil war and almost made me loose ultimate marvel at ultimatum, if it wasn't for ultimate spider man. the only thing i'm reading from dc is the flash and batman by snyder.

Posted by CommanderShiro

I really don't want this series to end. Miles Morales has really grown on me since the beginning.

Posted by Owie

The weird thing is, the more standard superhero stuff Miles does--fighting random bad guys--the less I care. I really like his personal life more than his heroic life.

Posted by Herokiller12344

@airbound_dude: Ironically, for most of it's existence people thought the opposite.

But honestly, how am I supposed to care about Miles fighting Taskmaster when Galactus is on the verge of tearing their Universe in half?

Posted by CF12793

Anyone got a pic of Ult. Taskmaster? Inbox me if you do.

Posted by airbound_dude

@herokiller12344: good point but miles is a great character in his own right, it will be a waste of time for marvel to get rid of him like that