Ultimate Spider-Man 69 (January 2005)

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I just got it… Bendis is mixing Ultimate Marvel Team-Up with “Spider-Man No More” to show Peter why he can’t give up being Spider-Man. With yet another issue with no mention of Gwen. Bendis talks around it too much. Mary can tell Gandhi jokes but she can’t talk about Gwen. If it’s an intentional move on Bendis’s part, like a grief handling thing, it’s not working.

Otherwise, the issue’s pretty darn strong. Johnny Storm gets outed as a fire person of some kind or another (Liz Allen is scared he’s a mutant) and he can’t go back to Midtown. There’s a nice little scene with Mary and Liz, a nicer one with Mary and Peter and then the big talking heads scene between Spidey and Johnny.

Peter’s pep talk to Johnny is subtly a rather depressing one. It’s “With Great Power,” but without those words.

It’s good.

CREDITS

Meet Me; writer, Brian Michael Bendis; penciller, Mark Bagley; inker, Scott Hanna; colorists, Jonathan D. Smith and Chris Sotomayor; letterer, Chris Eliopoulos; editors, Nick Lowe and Ralph Macchio; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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