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Ultimate Spider-Man #67

November 8, 2004

Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Jump the Shark

Trapped in each other’s bodies, Spider-Man and Wolverine have to find a way to get things back to normal.

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

Last issue (that was all of two weeks ago, looks like things are back to normal there) Peter Parker and Wolverine woke up to find they had woken up in each other’s bodies. Peter, in Logan’s body, winds up facing off against a group of police trying to put down the “mutant menace.” Wolverine, as Peter, is exasperated at the mess he’s gotten into.

As both characters are totally unused to each other’s powers, we get a lot of funny bits here as the two of them attempt to get by with unfamiliar means. (The scene with Wolverine trying to swing on a web is particularly good). The resolution, on the other hand, seems to come up a little quick. On the other hand, in a title where the resolutions usually seem to happen two to three issues after it should, it is something of a refreshing change of pace.

Mark Bagley really gets a chance to show off here. A lot of the characterization is handled by assigning our two leads facial expressions or postures that belong to the other. It’s remarkable to see Wolverine doing Peter’s slumped over, depressed posture, or to see Peter with an irritated snarl. Someone familiar with these two characters could easily figure out what happened just by looking at the pages with no dialogue at all.

After a couple of seriously bleak months for Ultimate Spider-Man, this two-issue arc was a much-needed change of pace. Bendis and Bagley gave us what we needed – a lighthearted, amusing, but ultimately inconsequential storyline.

Rating: 8/10

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