Ultimate Spider-Man 78 (August 2005)

247671And, like he knows he needs to do something special, Bendis tries to get his groove back with a Mary Jane-centered issue. She’s dealing with Peter dumping her and meets some great older guy who Liz hooks her up with.

It’s a talking heads book at various different locations, mostly the mall and then the concert where the great older guy plays and afterwards.

It’s okay. Bendis is trying way too hard to redeem Mary Jane as a character. Kong probably even comes off better because he’s at least in character. Bendis is forcing Mary Jane to fit his narrative, which isn’t a usual problem for him.

He could have done something crazy or signifiant with this issue; instead, he’s predictable.

There’s a great moment when Mary Jane fixates on a person at the mall. It’s just there, no explanation. Only honest moment she has in the entire comic.

CREDITS

Dumped; writer, Brian Michael Bendis; penciller, Mark Bagley; inker, Scott Hanna; colorist, Jonathan D. Smith; letterer, Chris Eliopoulos; editors, John Barber, Nicole Wiley and Ralph Macchio; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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