Purple explosions in the middle of a watery hell
Even though we havenâ€™t heard much about it lately, all hell is still breaking loose in Marvelâ€™s Ultimate line.Â For Spider-Man itâ€™s a never ending trial to try and plug the leaking damn, and the Hulkâ€™s inadvertent smashing of the Sanctum Sanctorumâ€™s great seal doesnâ€™t help matters.
Itâ€™s been far too long since readers have been able to pick up a copy of Ultimate Spider-Man.Â Issue #131 came out way back in February and considering it is now the middle of May, one of two things must have occurred; someone is trying to scramble to find a solution to this series that wonâ€™t piss off fans to the point they abandon the Ultimate Universe when it relaunches in August, or someone is really behind in their specific duties.Â Brian Michael Bendis is a writing fool, and Stuart Immonen has been doing solid art on the Ultimate Spider-Man series for over a year, so I donâ€™t think the blame falls there.Â Regardless, the huge gap in issue release dates have certainly cooled me on the ultimate apocalypse to the point I almost donâ€™t care what happens next.
That being said, this issue features Spider-Man and Ultimate Hulk (who appears almost lucid in this issue) battling the evil forces emerging from Dr. Strangeâ€™s Orb of Acmantata.Â The ghoulies are not a minor trifle, as they represent the very thing Hulk and Spider-Man fear the most; namely Spideyâ€™s big villains, and all the people the Hulk has killed during his many rampages.Â While Peter believes these to be figments created by a demonized/lobotomized/zombified version of Dr. Strange, the smack down they bring is certainly real as it enrages the Hulk to the point he is beats the orb until it explodes.
Since this is the cliffhanger moment of the issue, there is some question as to who lives, and who dies, and makes me wonder why the Hulk is bent on killing every member of the Parker family.Â Bendis also throws in a little exchange between Kitty Pryde and Mary Jane, where the two give each other a pounding over who loves Peter more (feel free to insert sophomoric snicker here).
Stuart Immonenâ€™s art once again rocks, as heâ€™s able to bring Hulk rage and Spidey slamming action to an otherwise slow layover on the way to the big denouement that will bring some sort of resolution to the series.Â Again, the huge delay has me really not caring what happens next, and that is really sad, as the Ultimate Spider-Man line was my gateway drug into the Marvel U.
Still, any Ultimate Spider-Man is better than no Ultimate Spider-Man, and while Mary Jane and Peter have barely had a chance to get their romance going, at least Ultimate Mephestio didnâ€™t get his hooks into the couple.Â Bendis is working with what he has been given, and he does a good job of it.Â While there have been much better Ultimate Spider-Man stories, there have also been a few bad Ultimate Spider-Man stories.Â Ultimate Spider-Man #132 falls somewhere above meh, but far short of stellar to earn 3 out of 5 Stars.