Ultimate Comics Fallout #1


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Ultimate Comics Fallout #1


  • Words: Brian Michael Bendis
  • Art: Mark Bagley
  • Inks: Andy Lanning
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: Jul 13, 2011

Ultimate Fallout deals mainly with the events of “The Death of Spider-Man” arc from Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, as the world learns the identity of their beloved wall-crawler, and those closest to him try to deal with their grief. Bendis has been with these characters for years, and his writing strikes home in how each of them react to the death of Peter Parker: there is rage, sorrow, determination, and confusion, made all the more real and tragic through Bagley’s crisp, clean artwork.

There is a certain sense about the comic that this is the real deal; there’s going to be no resurrection from this. While many comic readers scoff at the death of a character, it looks as though Bendis wasn’t lying when he said that Peter isn’t coming back. So when you see Jonah at a loss for words, or Gwen overcome with shock, it hits even harder that Peter isn’t going to come through the door and make it better. Not only are the personal reactions heartbreaking, Bendis also takes a rare opportunity here to show how the world reacts to the death of our hero.

However, none of this kind of storytelling would be as effective without Mark Bagley. While the rest of the Ultimate Fallout series will begin to incorporate the rest of the Ultimate Universe in coming issues, this one is all about the death of Spider-Man, and there is no one better to show that than Mark Bagley. He hugely expanded his fanbase on his original run on Ultimate Spider-Man with Bendis and here again shows why: his characters, his layouts, his action, his moments of quiet, they all work together to create a wonderful story. He has an eye for detail and expression that can ably capture many conflicting emotions, and in a story such as this, he more than rises to the occasion.

Ultimate Fallout is the beginning of the metamorphosis of the Ultimate Universe, and there are still five more issues to go before the new direction takes hold. However, this issue is dedicated to the aftermath of Peter Parker’s final battle, and it is heartbreaking. Well-written, and beautifully depicted, Bendis and Bagley have done a great job on this issue, and if that’s not enough, the final page should be enough to bring you back for more.

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