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Ultimate Spider-Man #93

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Ultimate Spider-Man #93

Credits

  • Words: Brian Michael Bendis
  • Art: Mark Bagley
  • Inks: Danny Miki
  • Colors: Richard Isanove
  • Story Title: Deadpool: Part 3
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics
  • Price: $2.50
  • Release Date: Apr 12, 2006

The battle between Spidey/X-Men and Deadpool/Reavers rages on in front of a worldwide television audience.

After a few months off the air, the mutant-hunting game show run by Mojo on the Genoshan island of Krakoa is back. The show has been revamped with a hotshot new announcer, Gus Beezer; and an all-new mutant death squad called the Reavers, headed up by Wadey Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool. (The story is a pseudo-continuation of an Ultimate X-Men arc that Brian K. Vaughan wrote about a year ago. Without rehashing that storyline, I will say that it might be slightly advantageous for readers of this arc to have read the UXM story, but it isn’t completely necessary. So far, none of the characters newly introduced here were involved before.) This issue is one gigantic battle sequence that occasionally allows for some backstory developing Wilson and his Reaver squad as well as more relationship-in-crisis moments for Spider-Man and Kitty Pride.

Since the "Warriors" arc began over a dozen issues ago, Bendis has continually had Ultimate Spider-Man on its most consistently entertaining stretch since very early on in the series. For an action issue, there is a lot of information to process here. In a series of double-paged sequences, as Gus Beezer does voiceover work on some interview scenes that let us into the minds of Deadpool on the bottom, a crazy battle goes down overhead. While Ultimate Deadpool is nowhere near as hilarious as his "616" counterpart, the character maintains a dark mercenary persona. This incarnation is sort of like a mutant-hating KKK member on crack…with lots of weapons. The Reavers remain the nearly mindless cyborgs hell-bent on the destruction of mutantkind that we’ve grown to know and hate already. And, as ever, the part of this story that pushed me into the "loving it" zone was the thoughtful tone of the love story developing between Peter and Kitty Pride. After years of seeing Peter fret over the safety of his girl (Mary Jane), it is refreshing to see his growing trust in Kitty’s abilities. Of course, there are still moments where it is appropriate for Pete to jump in for his lady’s honor, which happens here and is a joy to watch the fallout from.

Not much can be said of Mark Bagley’s Spider-Man that hasn’t already been said. He’s created the modern face of the character, and somehow manages to put out more than thirty pages of Ultimate Spider-work each month (the release schedule averages one issue every three weeks). He has mastered the quiet, emotional moments involving the characters and he long ago mastered the energy Spider-Man requires for his kinetic battle sequences. So, basically, this issue is a smorgasbord of all that makes Mark Bagley fantastic. Certainly having the unquestionable talents of Danny Miki and Richard Isanove (who restrained his normally very textured coloring schemes to bring about the "Ultimate look") putting the finishing touches on your work doesn’t hurt things.

This arc has gone nowhere near how I thought it would. I half expected Deadpool and Spidey to have a comedy face off of "Your momma’s so…" However, I still haven’t been let down. The cliffhanger Bendis and Bagley left us on is an intriguing head scratcher that has red herring written all over it, yet I can’t wait to crack open issue 94.

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