Ultimate Spider-Man 67 (December 2004)

193713Not unpredictably, Bendis uses the silliness to bring up a series topic. It’s on the last page and only for a moment, but it’s serious and the lunacy of brain swapping makes it possible.

There’s a lot of funny stuff this issue–until Peter (as Logan) calls the X-Men, I hadn’t even thought of it being a mind swap movie spoof. Bendis does a little bit too good a job making the plot its own thing for it to be obvious. All he needed was a Freaky Friday line, but whatever.

Logan and Peter arguing through a prison break and a fight with a supervillain make for a fun read. Even the resolution to the brain swap is funny because it shows Peter’s complete lack of control of anything around him.

Again, it’s not great–Bendis doesn’t take it seriously enough to try hard–but it’s an amusing read.

CREDITS

Jump the Shark; writer, Brian Michael Bendis; penciller, Mark Bagley; inker, Scott Hanna; colorist, Jonathan D. Smith; letterer, Chris Eliopoulos; editors, Nick Lowe and Ralph Macchio; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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