Ultimate Spider-Man 12 (October 2001)

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Where Lee had Peter do his homework for supervillains–research, science stuff–Bendis has his Peter write jokes. It’s a good scene, Spider-Man taunting the Kingpin with a bunch of jokes (did Ultimate Daredevil ever get mad Spider-Man outsmarted him in getting Kingpin in the most mundane way ever–I mean, security tapes? It’s like getting Capone on tax evasion), but it’s a very different Spider-Man.

The issue’s basically a long fight scene. Well, not exactly, it’s a couple long fight sequences, Spider-Man versus Electro and the Enforcers, then Spider-Man versus Kingpin, then an epilogue.

The fight scenes are fine. Bendis’s dialogue is funny and it isn’t clear if Peter knows spilling water on Electro will kill him or not and he just does it (not much narration this issue, not many thought bevels–if any).

Still a quick read, but Bendis makes it fun.

CREDITS

Battle Royal; writer, Brian Michael Bendis; penciller, Mark Bagley; inker, Art Thibert; colorist, Jung Choi; letterer, Richard Starkings and Albert Deschesne; editors, Brian Smith and Ralph Macchio; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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