Review: Ultimate Spider-Man #130


If Parker Won’t Go to Ultimatum, Then Ultimatum Will Come to Him


Wow!  Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! WOW!  While I may not like what is happening to Marvel’s Ultimate Universe – namely killing everyone and everything – Marvel has done one thing in the Ultimatum event that DC didn’t do in Final Crisis; creating the feeling of an epic disaster where the fate of the world is at stake.

usm130cover.jpgWhile there have already been several Ultimatum issue that have hit the shelves, Ultimate Spider-Man #130 is the first time we see the events spilling into the title proper.  And while we’ve seen glimpses of Peter getting involved in the carnage, readers haven’t had the chance experience the catastrophic events from his point of view.

What Brian Michael Bendis does best in this issue is show readers how utterly useless Peter Parker is when confronted with a major disaster.  While he is doing his best to help those that are in his immediate vicinity, he’s really using a bucket to try and bail the water out of the Titanic.  You end up feeling for the guy as he tries desperately to make some sense of what is going on.

Readers also get to see Kitty, Kong, Mary Jane, and Gwen react to the cataclysm and to mutant hatred as Kitty attempts to rescue passengers from the train.   Meanwhile, Aunt May is able to get out of her police interrogation, but things get worse when she is assisting one of her interrogators and Spider Woman shows up and calls her by name.

Bendis Loeb is killing of major players left and right in the Ultimatum series, so there is a definite possibility that we could see beloved characters from the Ultimate Spider-Man series bite the bullet as well.  With the curious cover to USM #133 and the solicitation information hinting that it might be the final issue of USM as well, I’m a bit saddened that the only Marvel series I’ve read regularly is going through such a shake-up.

Unlike Final Crisis, where I could give a flip what grant morrison jerked out on the faces of the gobbling fanboy, I actually do have concerns on what is going to happen to a universe that started off as a way of attracting new readers to the company.  There may be good reason to end the Ultimate Universe at this time, as certain titles (X-Men and Ultimates) are telling stories that make it much harder for new readers to jump on. However, Bendis’s decompressed story telling in Spider-Man still make this series fresh enough that a new reader can still jump on without being completely lost.  Here’s hoping at least USM continues after Ultimatum #4.

The fact that readers feel the desperation in all of the characters involved make Ultimate Spider-Man #130 a well written piece.  Throw on top of that the fantastic Immonen art that I’ve come to love in the last couple of years, and Ultimate Spider-Man #130 is one heck of an issue.  Ultimate Spider-Man #130 made my jaw drop and earns 5 out of 5 Stars.