Reviewer: Tim Sheridan
Story Title: Jump the Shark
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Mark Bagley
Inks: Scott Hanna
Colors: JD Smith
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Asst Editor: Nick Lowe
Editor: Ralph Macchio
Publisher: Marvel Comics
The last story in Ultimate Spidey was Carnage. It was good. Well, actually, just about every story in the book has been pretty good. I’ve been on board with this comic since the first issue. It’s just been a great series. Anyways, the last story was good, but it was a little heavy. I mean, there was violence, and death, and sadness, and just a general bunk feeling throughout.
So we needed some levity. Some brevity. And here we are. This issue, along with the last one, was a welcome change of pace and tone. There were no epic battles. No clones, no living costumes. There was just a simple tale of mistaken identity. See, Spiderman was in Wolverine’s body, and vice versa. Like that movie…Vice Versa. You know, the one with Fred (Working) Savage and Judge (Beverly Hills Cop II) Reinhold. It’s a classic. But we’re not here to talk about that. We’re here to talk about this here comic. And it’s fun. While I don’t really need the meta-textual framing device at the beginning. I mean, Bendis doesn’t need to apologize for the funny issue. He should just let it happen. But I wont let that bring me down.
If you like humor in your comics, you will love this one. It sounds like hyperbole, but it’s true. There is nothing offensive or mean spirited about the book. Just sit back and enjoy it.
I really don’t know what else to say about the book. It was fun and inoffensive. It is pretty much fluff, so if you miss it, it’s ok. I wont tell Bendis. But if you ask me, and since you clicked on this link, you DID, I say you should read it at all costs. Well, not all…don’t sell that issue of Ren and Stimpy that Spidey guests in to pay for this one, but try, ok?
Final Word: A delightful issue, very well done. A welcome change of tone for the book, and still consistent with the high quality of the series.