No Ultimate Comics last week and only one this week, we need our fix Marvel
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-we pick up at Miles house with Venom outside being all menacy.
-Miles gets suited up, Ganke gives him some more web fluid that he made
-Venom thinks Jefferson is the new Spidey until Miles shows up. Venom is confused.
-Miles attacks Venom, his punches and kicks do almost nothing. Gankes web fluid doesn't work.
-Miles tries to remember how Peter beat Venom, all he can remember is Peter threw a tire at him. Miles tries to remember what Peter did the whole fight.
-Venom mentions the numbered spiders and asks Miles what he knows about them.
-Jefferson punches the camera man from last issue and then throws the camera at Venom. Venom throws Jefferson into a car severely hurting him.
-Rio calls an ambulance for her hubby
-Police show up and start shooting at Miles and Venom.
-Miles "remembers" his Venom blast and tags Venom with it. Big surprises, it causes Venom to melt into goo giving Miles another flawless victory.
-Jefferson is unconscious and not doing well, Miles blames himself and cries in Gankes shirt.
Today marks another chapter in Miles short career as Spiderman, and it played out a lot like every chapter does in his story. Bad guy shows up, short fight, magic venom blast, Miles wins. I don't think it is completely fair of me to call this a victory since his dad is in the hospital, but this is pretty much what I have come to expect out of Ultimate Spiderman every issue now. It has become to the point where I feel like I'm reading a copy and paste story with Bendis simply inserting the Villain of the month. This particular issue not only suffers from a repetitive storyline but one of Bendis's normally strong suits, his dialogue, was sub par as well imho. We get treated to Miles faking an English accent trying to mask his voice from his dad, and Miles criticizing himself for such a lame cover instead of worrying about fighting the giant monster. Prioritization is key in superheroing, Miles should learn this. Maybe this was an attempt to show just how green Miles really is but with him bailing out the Ultimates and taking down 50 ft women I'm not buying that story now.
We also get to see Miles remembering video footage of Peter fighting Venom. I mean Peter too, no costume just straight up civilian clothed bowl cut wearing Peter Parker. Now I will be the first to say that I could very well be wrong, but I don't remember that fight being video taped and if it was, how did Miles get a hold of it? Wouldn't that mean Peter would've been exposed way before DoSM? Please if somebody has the missing pieces tell me.
Moving onto the meat of the story which is clearly the physical fight between Miles and Venom, it felt very static to me. It seemed as if Venom was standing in one place and Miles kept attacking but was ultimately swatted away like a fly. That is until Miles remembered his own venom blast. This is a line from the comic, "Okay maybe it's we tried a little venom blast. I have to stop forgetting I can do that." Are you kidding me? He beats everyone with that move and he forgets? Oh and of course it turns Venom into a pile of goo.
Apparently the cops have forgotten how much they loved the original Spidey because they seem to enjoy firing on Miles. Finally we see Miles all torn up about his dad getting hurt and blaming himself. I think I would sympathize with Miles more if his dad had not attacked Venom directly and put himself in harm's way. I can obviously understand Miles being upset, but it wasn't Miles action or inaction that caused Jefferson harm. It doesn't ring like a "Uncle Ben" moment and I feel like that is what was trying to be accomplished.
On a slightly more positive note, Pichelli's art was nice to look at. I did already mention that the fight scene felt static and I stick by that, but her depiction of Venom is outstanding.
For anybody reading this and considering adding Ultimate Spiderman to your pull list I would recommend trade waiting. If I didn't take pride in owning every issue of the Ultimate Universe in one format or the other I would either trade wait myself or drop this series. It's such a let down because ultimate Spidey is the only Spiderman I read and now it feels like I'm buying it out of habit or my need to have a complete ultimate universe instead of me getting it for enjoyment.