Ultimate Spider-Man #66
Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Even We Don’t Believe This
Spider-Man meets Wolverine in the strangest team-up ever!
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Mark Bagley
Inks: Scott Hanna
Colors: J.D. Smith
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Editor: Ralph Macchio
Cover Art: Mark Bagley & Richard Isanove
Publisher: Marvel Comics
This is something I never thought I would see in Ultimate Spider-Man – a really, really funny issue. If you like your heroes dark and brooding – well… you shouldn’t be reading a Spider-Man title in the first place, but you especially shouldn’t read this issue.
Peter Parker and Wolverine each wake up one day to find a pretty amazing surprise. And to say any more would be spoiling it. Thank you, Brian Michael Bendis, for making it so nigh-impossible to be conversant regarding this issue without blowing it for people.
All I really can say is that the book, the first part of a purported two-parter, had me in stitches. It pokes fun at the conventions of both of these characters without trashing either one, and that’s not very easy to do. I feel better about the Wha Huh? one-shot Bendis has coming out in a few months time.
Bagley’s art is great as always. He’s been doing a fantastic Spider-Man for over a decade between this title and his lengthy run on Amazing Spider-Man, and here he gets to have some fun with Wolverine as well. As if that wasn’t enough, we get a quick gag at the beginning starring Bendis and Bagley themselves.
Is this the greatest issue of Ultimate Spider-Man ever written? No. But it’s a a very good one, a very lighthearted one, and I’m not even concerned about how the situation presented herein resolves itself. You know it will.