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Guest Review: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #18

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #18 Cover

United We Stand; Part 4; Prologue


The world is at war and Miles Morales is miles from home!

Miles has joined the Ultimates but that decision may have cost him his family.

Our young super hero has to make some big decisions and he has to make them now!

Guest-starring the ULTIMATES!



Beating Up Girls Original Review by Tomlikesfries at Comic Vine

Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man was probably my favorite series of Marvel before the 'United We Stand' arc started. I have to admit its quality dropped a bit once this storyline first began. Don't get me wrong though, the series is still great, and I'm very happy to see a new arc starting in the next issue, especially since it includes the Symbiote.

What I probably love the most in this title is Miles' monologue. He is a teenager, so he is still irresponsible and whenever he performs something nice, Morales is all surprised. As an example, we have: "Yay, I beat up a girl. How proud I must be. Well, at least I didn't get beat up by a girl".

This issue is also full of action. We see a fight between Giant Woman and Miles. Marquez does a fine job here, especially on the action scenes. His artwork is, in my opinion, superior to Larraz's penciling, although it's inferior to Pichelli's art. Anyway, the fighting is really interesting, especially since, as you probably already know, Miles has the same powers at Peter and a few more, so it's always intriguing to see him using his camouflage or the "electrifying touch". But I just wondered how the hell Miles K.O'ed Giant Woman with a single punch. I mean, I know he has super strength, but she's freakin' huge.

Spider-Man is also developing a new relationship with Spider-Woman. Bendis delivers well done and emotional dialogue between the two of them. However, the issue is not fully dedicated to Miles. We also see what happened to Jefferson, his father. It's a nice scene, although I think it could have been a bit shorter.

Overall, this was a pretty fun issue, although not much happens here. Bendis delivers brilliant monologue and intriguing action between Miles and Giant Woman. Spider-Man is also developing a relationship with Jessica, and I truly wanna see how that goes!

Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #18 gets a 7/10.

And there's a Symbiote arc beginning in the next issue. It'll probably be awesome, so make sure to check that out! This series is very good and needs more readers..

What I Thought

See the Review Rating Overview page for more information on how I rate each comic.

Cover & Solicit - 4/5
Art, Colors, & Inking - 5/5
Layout & Flow - 5/5
Story - 4/5
Verdict - 4.4

I have really been enjoying Miles run on Ultimate Spider-Man. Because I never got to see Peter Parker as a young Spider-Man in either universe I'm enjoying him learning the ropes. I don't know about this cover, it doesn't fit. Last issue we are left with Miles in a field, now he is stranded in a desert? David Marques art on the other hand is outstanding. I enjoy reading this book more because of the great job he an colorist Justin Ponzer do. This issue really doesn't have any new information for readers and is still a good jumping on point for new readers. I only with this issue would have gotten more information out of Spider-Woman and the secret about Miles and her. They did give a small hint leaning toward her being a clone of Peter, but nothing else. Like Tom I'm excited about the next arc with Venom, mainly because I know nothing about this version and being a reader of the 90s, Venom is one of my favorite villains.

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Thomas is a comic book reviewer at Comic Vine. The use of this review has been authorized by the original author.


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