Daily Archives: July 13, 2011

Funeral for a Friend

Ultimate Fallout #1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Mark Bagley
Inks: Andy Lanning
Colors: Justin Ponsor & Laura Martin
Letters: Virtual Calligraphy
Cover artists: Bagley & Lanning (regular)/Marko Djurdjevic (variant)
Editor: Mark Paniccia
Publisher: Marvel Worldwide
Price: $3.99 US

See, now this is why I loved Ultimate Spider-Man so much when it debuted a decade ago.

Make no mistake, this is essentially Ultimate Spider-Man #161, and it boasts the kind of character-driven, down-to-earth moments that made the series such a draw in the first place. This stands out as one of the best comics Bendis has written in a while. Sure, it boasts a few cliches, as the manner in which some of the characters mourn is predictable and familiar. But there’s some genuine emotion to be found here. Often, it’s been Bendis’ dialogue that really sold me on the characters, but here, he opts for quieter reactions. Sometimes, we’re left to guess what the characters are thinking, and at others, it’s painfully clear. I was also pleased to find some of the nicest Mark Bagley art I’ve seen in recent memory as well. He’s always been known more for his ability to convey action, but he excels in selling feeling in this issue with some thoroughly emotive but not exaggerated expressions.

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