Ultimate Spider-Man #86

Story Title: Silver Sable: Part 1
Reviewer: Paul Sebert

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Mark Bagley
Colorist: Justin Ponsor
Inker: Scott Hanna
Letterer: Chris Elipoulos
Editor: Ralph Macchio
Publisher: The Merry Marvel Marching Society

Story Title: Visions 1
Reviewer: Paul Sebert

Writer: Mark Miller
Artists: John Romita Jr.
Colorist: J.D. Smith
Inker: Jimmy Palmiotti
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos
Editor: Ralph Macchio

This issue opens by introducing the Ultimate Universe’s equivalent of The Wrecking Crew, who actually aren’t the wrecking crew but what they do with their powers is quite a pleasant surprise. I’ll just say this adds to my theory that the common Supervillian is a person who simply lacks the imagination to find a practical use for their powers.

We are also are introduced to another “Ultimized” character as Spidey takes on a tentacle wielding menace who is not Doctor Octopus, Venom, or Urotsukidoji.

If you got that last joke you should either give yourself a pat on the back, or feel deeply ashamed. I do not know.

Anyway fresh from making her debut in the Ultimate Spider-Man video game, Silver Sable struts her way onto the scene in this issue. Assigned by the Roxxon corporation to bring in Spider-Man for questioning, the Symkarian Siren lurks in the background letting her fellow mercenaries stalk Spidey as she prepares to lure him into her own web.

Oh and not to sound pathetic or misogynistic… but I think I’m officially smitten with Silver Sable. Without resorting to gratuitous Frank Cho style cheesecake, Mark Bagley has created a simple elegant design for the character’s costume that is drop dead gorgeous.

Speaking of attractive metallic women, this issue also adds the first chapter of a six-part back-up story introducing the Ultimate Vision. Picking up right after Ultimate Nightmare we’re seeing a bartered alien android being worked on by some of Nick Fury’s top scientists as Reed Richards watches on. Without warning the robot suddenly springs to life and suddenly constructs itself a new fembot body that looks like an escapee from Heavy Metal magazine.

No word on why Vision chose to take this particular form, but my theory is she shares combat tactics with Aphrodite A from Mazinger Z.

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Anyway the backup story is a scant four pages, and despite offering an ok summary of the Ultimate Galactus arc thus far, I personally wasn’t very drawn into this.