ULTIMATE SPIDER MAN 114
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler: Stuart Immomen
Inker: Wade von Grawbadger
It’s pretty tough being a kid nowadays. However, you might take some solice in the fact that, even in alternate universes, it doesn’t get a lot easier. Especially when you get bitten by a genetically altered spider that was created by a complete madman who know considers himself some weird combination of your Father and your God. Or maybe just god with a small “g” – not sure about that one.
And then seeing that crazy dude getting interviewed on TV while on a date with your girlfriend (who that madman previously threw off a bridge)? Yup – that doesn’t make life any simpler.
But that’s where Peter Parker now finds himself: Norman Osborn, aka The Green Goblin, aka nuttier than a squirrel turd, is out of prison. And, like all escaped convicts, his first stop is on a national broadcast, where he gets interviewed. In person. In the studio. (No, really.)
Peter and MJ catch a glimpse of this, and quite rightly freak right the hell out. Luckily, Pete pulls himself back together fairly quickly, calms down MJ, and immediately sets out on his next three priorities: get MJ someplace safe, get his Aunt May someplace safe, and then go find Osborn and rock his world. This gets complicated a bit by the appearance of Electro, and some heavily armed flying Shield dudes — all of which have seriously bad attitudes towards our Friendly Neighborhood.
This issue was just a lot of fun: the wise-cracking web slinger, in the hands of someone who has a feel for his dialogue, has long been a guilty pleasure. And he’s in rare form here, especially at the end of the battle with Electro. And I abso-freaking-lutely guarantee that the last frame of this book will have you chomping at the bit for next month’s issue to come out.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10