Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Ultimate Spider-Man #133 Review

Written by Brian Bendis
Art by Stuart Immonen

Kind of a throw back to the 'Nuff Said silent issues from the late 90's/early 00's, which I loved, this final issue of Ultimate Spider-Man (is it a 'final' if there's a couple of requiem issues next month and then a relaunch the month after?) has zero lines of dialogue, which will come as a shock to just about everyone when you note that Brian Bendis, a writer known for his dialogue above all things, writes this book.

In regards to the silent treatment, I was actually a bit disappointed. It wasn't that it was hard to follow or anything (Immonen is a great visual storyteller with the art on this issue). It just feels like a gimmick. I was not under the impression Spider-Man died during the explosion of Dr Strange's loft last issue and, while I'm not reading it, I don't think he died over in Ultimatum either. It's like a Batman RIP "death" that has no impact or meaning and the no dialogue/silent issue we're given here just feels out of place because of it.

There's also no mourning or need for silence to express the emotion of a death and there are a few scenes that could have benefitted from some dialogue between the characters. It's like Bendis intentionally limited himself just to say he wrote a silent issue instead of letting the story dictate it.

Verdict - Check It. In the end, due to the whole lack of words, the issue actually reads in about a minute flat and, at a $3.99 price point and with the Ultimatum nonsense ending the book here, I, honestly, feel a bit ripped off after having bought this, but am giving it a Check It just for the whole end of an era thing and that it's still not a bad issue, per se, just not really a fitting end to the series either.

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