Friday, June 22, 2007

Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimate Knights

Brian Michael Bendis & Mark Bagley

Ultimate Knights is the last storyarc coming from the creative team that's been with this book since its initial issue. After the next issue, Bagley will move on to other things and Stuart Immonen will be taking over penciling chores. Still, Immonen's a great choice to continue the series with and really, it's something to look forward to. It's just a little sad to think of reading more of this book without Bagley in the mix. Ah, well. This series has been consistently fantastic over the years up through the last issue of this arc, issue #110, where Ultimate Knights comes to a conclusion. A very suitable end to Bagley's run on the book, as many characters we have seen in the book over the years join forces to try to take down the Kingpin of Crime, including Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Moon Knight, Iron Fist and Shang-Chi. Big changes occur before this issue is over and we get some great sequences of dialogue and action along the way. With such a large group of characters, there's enough room to play off of the traitor-among-us thing, with plenty of twists and turns to keep things exciting throughout. I really enjoyed Moon Knight in this storyarc (as screwed up as his character is), as well as the stuff with the Kingpin in the final issue. It was all very well done as Spidey and his group of costumed friends do their best to keep their secret identities intact while trying to incriminate the big bad untouchable villain. This is a straight-forward superhero book, don't get me wrong, but it's still one of the best out there over a hundred issues into its run. B+

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