5-STAR REVIEW: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #22

With his father in the hospital and Venom still out for blood, Miles has to decide what to do before the people he loves become victims of the maniacal symbiote.

Here is the summary from Marvel:

“VENOM WARS” CONCLuSION! Venom versus Spidey! The Final Showdown!How does Gwen Stacy figure into it and how will it change her and Miles’ life forever?Guest-Starring Mary Jane Watson!

After having some time to think about what has happened to him, Miles once again has to race off to stop Venom from wrecking the hospital his father is in. Fearing for his parents life Miles dashes to the hospital and begins to brawl with Venom in the halls, but as the dust settles, the unthinkable happens; and Miles is shaken to his very core.

I don’t know what it is with Brian Michael Bendis this week but each book he has been apart of has hit it out of the park. Out of the three though, this one has to be the best. He really puts Miles through the ringer in this one as he has his final fight with Venom and at the end you really feel for him as you empathize with him when all is said and done. Gwen & Mary Jane return in this issue as they continue to help Miles be as good or better Spider-Man than Peter was. Maria Hill is also back and I have to say I like her in this universe more than her 616 counterpart. She seems more willing to help and offers some good advice here and there. It is also revealed she did actually used to be part of S.H.E.I.L.D. in this universe so it will be cool to see how she went from top notch to New York cop.

Sara Pichelli once again does great in the art department. The highlights of the book are the fight with Venom and the ending (which i won’t talk about for obvious reasons). Miles ‘ battle is purely instinctual, no quips or jokes, just outright brawling as the two tear down the hospital around them. Improving on the details from last issue you can see the various emotions displayed on each characters face throughout the book, especially Miles.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #22 is certainly the best issue in the series so far. While the whole “Venom War” storyline was a bit iffy to start, this issue brought it right home; with big time consequences for Miles and his future as Spider-Man…if he has one.


S#!T Talking Central

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kareem-Ruiz/1736850848 Kareem Ruiz

    I GAVE IT 9.5/10

  • Jay

    having his mother play the role of quasi Uncle Ben is really interesting, especially when you see a strong young male single father figure destined to fill the part of Aunt May. The issue was amazing.