Ultimate Spider-Man 66 (December 2004)

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When a comic opens with an illustrated version of the writer apologizing for the content… well, it’s not supposed to be a good sign, right? Bendis is going out of his way to ask the reader not to take the story seriously.

The story is Logan (you know, Wolverine) and Peter swapping minds. Peter wakes up in a dive hotel, has to get to Queens. Meanwhile, Logan insults Aunt May, makes out with Mary Jane, pervs on cheerleaders.

Bendis might be doing comedy to relieve the pressure from Gwen’s death–she’s not even mentioned in the issue–or he might just be goofing.

Either way, it’s constantly unexpected and inventive. Putting a character who doesn’t care at all in the place of one who cares too much is bound to create drama.

Even better, given Logan’s mishandling of things, there might be some good aftershocks in later issues.

It’s fine.

CREDITS

Even We Don’t Believe This; writer, Brian Michael Bendis; penciller, Mark Bagley; inker, Scott Hanna; colorist, Jonathan D. Smith; letterer, Chris Eliopoulos; editors, Nick Lowe and Ralph Macchio; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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