Ultimate Spider-Man 77 (July 2005)

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There’s Nick Fury. He wasn’t watching the local news and apparently Ultimate SHIELD doesn’t care when its agents monitoring threats go missing.

It’s another all-action issue, with some expected developments towards the end.

Bendis does a bad job with everyone except Peter. Fury’s decisions are kind of dumb. He’s just here to deliver an ominous order to rid Peter of his powers, which he probably should have done sooner if he could have, right?

As for Mary Jane… Bendis seems to recognize he’s written himself into a hole. When she and Peter have their big blowout, it’s all Peter yelling and being angry and Mary Jane not talking. I had to go back and read the scene a couple times before I realized Bendis just doesn’t know what she should say to make it work.

Because it can’t work.

Bendis is careening slowly off the rails. His momentum’s gone.

CREDITS

Hobgoblin, Part Six; writer, Brian Michael Bendis; penciller, Mark Bagley; inker, Scott Hanna; colorist, Jonathan D. Smith; letterer, Chris Eliopoulos; editors, John Barber, Nicole Wiley and Ralph Macchio; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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